MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge Paul Spurgeon was the featured speaker at the Knox County Republican Women’s Club luncheon at The Alcove Restaurant, Thursday afternoon. After a light luncheon, Spurgeon, who was first elected as municipal court judge in 1999, spoke of his job duties.
“In the Mount Vernon Municipal Court we have basically four areas of cases. We have criminal cases. Last year we had 1,280 criminal cases filed in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court,” said Spurgeon. He added that criminal cases can reach from “having an open container of alcohol in public” to “domestic violence.”
Spurgeon went on to say that municipal court also handles traffic cases like “no seat belt” to “not having a light on your license plate.”
“Last year we had 780 civil cases, and those civil cases involve things primarily like credit card cases,” said Spurgeon.
“The record was set in 2008 when we had 1,484. So the case level is almost half of what it was five years ago.”
Spurgeon said he talked to other lawyers and collection companies about what would be causing the “significant change” as Spurgeon said that sizes of these types of law firms “have dropped.”
“They were collecting credit cards primarily and they found that some people don’t have a credit card because they don’t have any money; and if you sue them, you can’t collect any money,” said Spurgeon.
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