Independence County District Court sues county judge in hiring dispute

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The Independence County District Court is suing County Judge Robert Griffin in circuit court for denying the hiring of a district court deputy clerk. (Click here for more information on this story.)

After approval of the budget of the Independence County District Court by the county’s budget committee and the full quorum court, County Attorney Daniel Haney said his research shows the county is not the entity to approve a hiring by the district court — the City of Batesville is.

District Judge Chaney Taylor says that is erroneous, and so is Judge Griffin’s court order denying the hiring and citing the county attorney’s research and opinion.

The district court, under Judge Taylor, is asking the Independence County Circuit Court to declare Griffin’s court order unlawful and that the district court is not required to petition the Batesville City Council in order to hire a replacement district court deputy clerk. The petition also asks for district court costs.

Griffin has 30 days to answer the complaint in writing.


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