Circuit Court May Get New Clerks

August 16, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County Circuit Court is a step closer to adding four law clerks to its civil and criminal division as the county’s Legislative and Human Resources Committee approved the court’s request for the additional positions last week.

“We hope we’ll have a better product,” said Circuit Court Chief Judge Paul Sullivan.

Sullivan told committee members that the court has needed clerks ever since he joined the bench 15 years ago.

He said the six judges in the civil and criminal division don’t have the time to do the legal research and support services necessary because of their caseloads.

If county commissioners approve the hirings next month, the clerks would be added to the court in July. Each clerk would be paid $61,550 a year.

The additional half-year salary cost of $123,100 for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on Jan. 1, has been included in the FY05 budget.    

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