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.