County Commissioners to okay criminal associate judge position

Published 11:13 am Monday, April 16, 2018

BEAUMONT — A longtime Jefferson County jurist who retired 15 years ago said he will also stop doing arraignments at the jail.

Judge Leonard Giblin Jr. has been doing arraignments since he retired. He added that he may be able to cover for another magistrate if there’s an emergency situation.

An item on the Jefferson County Commissioners Court agenda read the commissioners will consider for possible approval the appointment of a criminal associate judge to replace Judge Leonard Giblin Jr. and to provide for the funding of the position at the same rates as were paid to Giblin who is retiring.

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The regular meeting of the commissioners court is at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1149 Pearl St. in Beaumont.

“It’s a putting in time thing. It’s not a big deal (he stopping to do arraignments),” Giblin said. “Somebody has to be there everyday. We get to the jail at 6 a.m. to set bonds and appoint a lawyer. It depends on how many people were arrested the night before.”

He said four magistrates are currently doing the work and they’ll appoint someone else.