TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Officials with the Vigo Superior Courts look to add another judge to help with heavy caseloads.

An official request was sent to the Vigo County Council about this need to add another judge.

It’s a problem that has persisted for years and hasn’t slowed. The Juvenile Court caseload is roughly two to three times the recommended number.

“We’ve tried to do all that we can to lessen that load but it still keeps coming up,” Vigo County Courts Chief Judge Chris Newton said. “This is something that will help us dispense justice on a quicker and more efficient basis.”

Judge salaries are primarily funded by the state. However, in order to expand the courts system, a letter of support on the local level is an important step.

That important step begins with the Vigo County Council. Councilwoman Vicki Weger said that they will look to address this issue.

“Our caseload here makes it impossible for these judges to handle all the cases that are coming through in a timely manner,” Weger said.

Newton also emphasized the importance of making this process smoother to avoid long waits for court hearings.

“We want to streamline things and make things a little smoother and quicker,” Newton said.

Newton suggested that if a 7th court were to be added that it would be a circuit court.