VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The effort to add an additional court in Vigo County took another step forward as the Vigo County Commissioners added their support.

During Tuesday’s Commissioner’s meeting, the group voted to pass a resolution supporting the initiative.

Vigo County Courts Chief Judge Christopher Newton spoke during the meeting, saying that Vigo County has the third highest caseload in Indiana. He believes an additional court would provide relief as the courts could spread out the cases more evenly.

County commissioners unanimously approved the resolution. The vote adds to local support for an issue that, ultimately, will be decided by the Indiana State Legislature.

Lawmakers will have to decide if a new 7th court would be implemented in the county. The earliest it could be created is July of 2023.