The Cherokee County Magistrate Court will assist the Woodstock Municipal Court on first appearance bond hearings under an agreement approved by the county Board of Commissioners. GOOGLE MAPS

Cherokee to assist Woodstock on court hearings

The Cherokee County Magistrate Court will assist the city of Woodstock Municipal Court on an as-needed basis under an intergovernmental agreement recently approved by the county Board of Commissioners.

The agreement is to assist Woodstock with first appearance bond hearings on criminal matters, according to a staff report to commissioners. “Because the city employs part-time judges to oversee such first appearance hearings, the scheduling of hearings in a timely manner can be onerous,” staff said.

Cherokee’s Magistrate Court regularly conducts similar hearings with full-time judges, so scheduling is easier, staff said. The hearings would be conducted at the discretion of the chief magistrate judge, and Woodstock would not be charged for the services.

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