Pictured above is District Judge Robert Yoakum, the guest speaker on Thursday at the Chamber of Commerceâ€™s monthly Soup & Sandwich series. | Recently appointed Judge discusses drug court with business community | full story
The Middlesboro Daily News - Recently appointed Judge discusses drug court with business community
Pictured above is District Judge Robert Yoakum, the guest speaker on Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce
Pictured above is District Judge Robert Yoakum, the guest speaker on Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce's monthly Soup & Sandwich series.
MIDDLESBORO - Recently appointed District Judge Robert Yoakum spoke Thursday at this month's Chamber of Commerce Soup & Sandwich luncheon about his job and the kinds of cases he sees on a daily basis.
began by discussing the process of cases moving through the court system.
"Just about every case passes through the District Court before it moves to Circuit Court or Grand Jury," said Yoakum
said that while Circuit Court handles felony cases, District Court actually hears the preliminary case before they reach Circuit.
said that after evidence is presented by the county against someone accused of committing a felony, "I get to decide if there's enough evidence in that case to send it to Bell County Grand Jury or Circuit Court."
fielded questions from the audience and discussed the process of drug court in-depth.
said that after a person is charged with an offense, the court will decide if it's a drug-related offense.
The judge then refers the individual to drug court.
"They don't automatically get in just because I say 'yes'," said Yoakum
"They know it's a hard process," said Yoakum
said that the Kentucky State Court funds the program.
invited anyone interested to come to district court and see it in action.