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Are four judges in Erie County too many?

Andy Ouriel • Mar 13, 2013 at 6:40 AM

All four judges collectively closed about 9,500 cases per year from 2005 through 2007.

Through from 2008 through 2011, the average number of yearly terminated cases shrunk to 4,400, according to a Register analysis of court data and financial information obtained through public records requests.

Former judge Ann Maschari delayed closing, or effectively disregarded, about 2,600 cases when voters booted her from office in November 2004.

Since then, judges diligently worked to whittle down the number.

As the years past, the number of cases eventually dwindled.

Of those 2,600 outstanding cases, only one remains active as of today.

The four common pleas court officials analyzed include:

• Judge Roger Binette and Tygh Tone, who both primarily oversee civil and criminal cases, including murder trials.

• Judge Robert DeLamatre, who supervises the juvenile court.

• Judge Beverly McGookey, who presides over probate dealings, such as deciding on guardianship disputes and distributing marriage licenses.

Get Wednesday's Register for the breakdown, the costs and the payrolls for the Erie County Courthouse. 


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