Our Courts Need Financial Aid
Chief Judge, Sixth Circuit Court, James Thomas McGrady, at the Rotary Club of Clearwater.
Judge George Greer introduced Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, J. Thomas McGrady, at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Clearwater. Judge McGrady has the highest ranking of all judges in the circuit and has received the highest rating for ethics, impartiality, and demeanor. McGrady has argued cases at all court levels in the state and is admitted in Federal courts, including the U. S. Supreme Court. McGrady stated that the Circuit Court handles the same issues that the public reads about in the paper: Minor to serious crimes, substance abuse, mental illness, foreclosures, homelessness, domestic violence, truancy, and child abuse.
The court is faced with budget cuts, jail overcrowding, lack of pay raises and under staffing due to budget restrictions, and the avalanche of foreclosures that blocks the normal flow of the timeliness to settle cases. The Sixth Court is the 3rd largest in the state, has 69 judges, and 9 courthouses. The staff and judges are to be commended for their dedication and efficiency.
What can the public do?
Exchange Student, Yao Dong, describing his year-long experience in Heidelberg, Germany, sponsored by Rotary International.
Yao Dong, an exchange student, reported to the Rotarians at the Wednesday noon meeting at the Belleair Country Club, on his experience of studying for a year in Heidelberg, Germany. Dong lived with a host family of seven, sponsored by Rotary International; he absorbed the language and culture and became a close-knit part of the family.
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