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Sumner County Court Overcrowded -- Sky Arnold

Gallatin, Tenn ---  Every Wednesday morning court rules take on a greater importance in Sumner County General Sessions court.

That's the day the court handle's domestic assault and drug cases and it's always backed.

This Wednesday Judge James Hunter had 375 cases scheduled.

"It's a packed house every seat is taken," said Hunter. "That's a stressful situation in that courtroom not just for me but everyone in there."

The packed court is a result of Sumner County's growth and the fact, unlike most counties this size, Hunter is the only General Sessions Judge in Sumner county.

 "I've been coming here for 23 years and it just continues to get bigger all the time," said Defense Attorney Thomas Martin.

The County Commission has twice turned down proposals for a new court.

County Commissioner Jim Vaughn says the $500,000 annual cost was the main hurdle.

That could all change next week when the Commission votes on a budget that includes a new General Sessions Judge and staff.

 "I'm hoping it will get passed.  Like I say it's critical it get passed," said Vaughn.