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Superior Court releases 2013 activity report

Judge George Brown has released the 2013 activity report for the LaGrange County Superior Court.

There were a total of 8,450 new case filings during the 2013 calendar year. During the year, the court reduced its caseload by disposing of 9,298 cases.

Totals were:

Filings: Criminal felony, 173; criminal misdemeanor, 345; miscellaneous criminal, 64; infractions, 7,055; plenary civil, 9; mortgage foreclosure, 16; civil collections, 197; civil tort, 6; small claims, 461; domestic relations, 36; mental health, 23; protective orders, 32; and miscellaneous civil, 33.

Dispositions: Criminal felony, 208; criminal misdemeanor, 374; miscellaneous criminal, 46; infractions, 7,918; plenary civil, 11; mortgage foreclosure, 20; civil collections, 198; civil tort, 4; small claims, 420; domestic relations, 31; mental health, 14; protective orders, 34; and miscellaneous civil, 20.

Probationers in the Superior Court community service program performed 3,015 hours of work for public and charitable agencies during the fourth quarter of 2013 and 9,068 hours of work during the calendar year. The calendar year figure represents over four man-years of work with a value of more than $65,000 when computed at the minimum wage.

Among the agencies and groups for which probationers performed work during the fourth quarter of 2013 were the LaGrange County Clothes and Food Basket, Stroh Volunteer Fire Department, Topeka Fire Department, Ontario Church, St. Joseph Church, Eden Worship Center, Town of LaGrange, Bloomfield Township, Topeka Library, Ark Animal Sanctuary, LaGrange County Council on Aging, and the Ontario, South Milford, Mongo and Brushy Prairie cemeteries.

Superior Court probationers also spent 1,022 hours cleaning county roads during the last quarter of 2013 and a total of 2,774 hours cleaning county roads during the calendar year. It has been the goal of the program to clean the roadside of each county road at least once each year and, weather permitting, the majority of roadsides are cleaned more often.

The Superior Court Community Service program began in 1988. In the program, offenders serving periods of probation perform work for public and charitable organizations. The program provides an alternative to incarceration. It saves the public money and affords offenders the opportunity to make restitution to the community.

In addition, probationers made donations of food and cash totaling $1,060 to food banks during 2013.