City sues to reduce number of Juvenile Court judges

A spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu confirmed Monday that the city has filed a lawsuit against a state and a city official to reduce the number of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judges.

The city is suing Secretary of State Tom Schedler and Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell, saying the number of judgeships on the court far exceeds the caseload.

The lawsuit cites a 2013 Bureau of Governmental Research report that states the number of Juvenile Court filings has decreased by 88 percent since the court's peak workload in 1984, but the number of judges remains the same.

The suit says the excess judgeships represent a financial burden on the public.

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