The Cherokee County Magistrate Court will assist the Holly Springs Municipal Court with first-appearance bond hearings on criminal matters, according to an agreement approved by county commissioners. GOOGLE MAPS

Cherokee to assist Holly Springs with court hearings

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has approved a municipal services agreement in which the county Magistrate Court would assist the Holly Springs Municipal Court with first-appearance bond hearings on an as-needed basis.

Similar to the arrangement commissioners recently approved with the Woodstock Municipal Court, the magistrate court would conduct first appearance bond hearings on criminal matters for Holly Springs. These would be at the discretion of the chief magistrate judge, and Holly Springs would not be charged for the service.

Holly Springs employs part-time judges to oversee first appearance hearings, and the timely scheduling of such hearings can be onerous in its municipal court, county staff said in a report to commissioners.

The Cherokee Magistrate Court employs full-time judges and regularly conducts similar hearings, “thereby allowing for easier scheduling of such hearings,” staff said.

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