MOUNT VERNON — In 2017, criminal cases surpassed civil cases filed with the Knox County Clerk of Courts Office, the first time that has happened in at least five years.
Clerk of Courts Mary Jo Hawkins informed the Knox County Commissioners Thursday that 333 criminal cases were filed in 2017, compared to 313 civil cases. Civil cases include foreclosures and domestic relations.
According to numbers provided by Hawkins, civil cases have been declining steadily since 2012, when 618 were filed. Cases dipped below 400 in 2015, when 392 cases were filed. In 2016, 322 civil cases were filed.