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  • Jackson County may take over second municipal court

  • Jackson County's Justice Court could handle Shady Cove ordinance violations and traffic citations, just as it does for Central Point
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  • Jackson County's Justice Court could handle Shady Cove ordinance violations and traffic citations, just as it does for Central Point
    A proposed intergovernmental agreement between the Justice Court and Shady Cove is set to go before the county's Board of Commissioners Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse Auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale St., Medford.
    If passed, the agreement is expected to generate an estimated $10,000 in annual revenue, which would be split evenly between the county and the city, officials said. The agreement is modeled on one Jackson County already has with Central Point.
    If passed, the agreement would go into effect immediately. It can be terminated if 60 days' notice is given. Offenses that can result in incarceration still will be handled by Jackson County Circuit Court.
    "The sheriff's office is already providing law enforcement within the city," said Justice Court Judge Joe Charter. "(This) would only be their code violations. I don't think they're expecting to do much. It's much less volume."
    According to the proposal, Shady Cove requested the agreement to reduce overhead costs related to the city's municipal court operations, similar to Central Point's motivation.
    "We started hearing about Shady Cove about the same time we were talking about Central Point," Charter said.
    The board approved the agreement with Central Point last month on the heels of the city's court clerk retiring and scheduling conflicts with the city's municipal court judge.
    County Administrator Danny Jordan said no other Rogue Valley towns have expressed interest in a similar partnership.
    Shady Cove City Administrator Danise Brakeman could not be reached for comment today.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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