For Immediate Release: March 13, 2007
Senator Kenneth Corn
Senate Passes Bill to Create Task Force on Judicial and District
on Wednesday approved a measure that would create a task force
to study the redistricting of district attorney and judicial
Sen. Kenneth Corn, author of Senate Bill 990,
said the bill was needed to ensure that areas throughout the
state are receiving adequate judicial representation.
“What we want to accomplish with this task
force is to look at districts throughout the state and ultimately
ensure that each district has enough judges and prosecutors
to handle their case load,” said Corn, D-Poteau. “Some
districts in Oklahoma span a number of counties, and in growing
areas courts are finding their case loads growing rapidly while
their ability to deal with so many cases is not.”
The measure would create a 12-member task force,
consisting of two district judges appointed by the Supreme Court
and two district attorneys appointed by the District Attorney’s
Council, along with members of the House and Senate.
“Nearly every year we get requests for
additional judges,” Corn said. “We want to look
and see what we’re doing because we’ve got districts
that have too much of a caseload and not many judges. On the
other hand, we have districts that don’t have much of
a caseload and may have too many judges.”
Corn noted that the Legislature has not examined
the issue of judicial redistricting since 1969.
“Some of these districts have grown dramatically
in population, so we just want to take a look at this and see
whether we need to make any changes,” Corn said.
The bill will now advance to a House committee
For more information contact:
Senator Corn's Office - (405) 521-5576