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“And then the tsunami came”: Backlog of court cases is central topic of Dawson County budget hearings
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Northeastern Judicial Circuit Court Administrator Jason Stephenson speaks to the Board of Commissioners about the rising caseload in Dawson County Superior Court during an Aug. 24 budget hearing. - photo by Julia Hansen
Felony cases in Dawson County Superior Court are up 105% since before the COVID-19 pandemic, court administrator Jason Stephenson told the Board of Commissioners at an Aug. 24 budget hearing. The announcement follows the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, which includes Hall and Dawson Counties, receiving $1 million in state American Rescue Plan Act funds earlier this year to address case backlogs in both counties.