Proposal For Night Court Sessions In Allen County (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

February 9, 2014 Updated Feb 9, 2014 at 7:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Attorney Mike Loomis, Republican candidate for Allen County Prosecutor in the May primary, proposed a new court setting for traffic and misdemeanor citations.

"We had close to 24,000 infraction cases filed in 2013 and many of those cases had multiple counts. You can see there's a lot of work that needs to be done in handling infractions," said Loomis.

So much work, that Loomis believes it can't all be done in an 8-4pm work day.

That's why he's proposing a new night court be established in Allen County.

Loomis says the evening hours would assist those who have young children, take care of elderly family members, or can't afford to miss work.

He hopes to work closely with Allen County judges to come up with a new schedule.

He believes there's a real demand for this structure and that even if night court is only available one day out of the week, it would better serve both citizens and officers.

"We have a lot of officers who work second shift and third shift, so it would be more convenient for them as well," said Loomis.

Some of these officers would no longer have to appear in court during the day, which could potentially reduce police overtime costs.

While it's just a proposal now, it's a plan Loomis hopes to put into action if he becomes the next Allen County Prosecutor.




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