This page can also be accessed via LakelandTN.gov/court.
Taylor A. Cates was selected as the first Municipal Judge of Lakeland. In accepting the position, he told the BOC he appreciated their confidence and said he is ready to start the job.
The new magistrate is to handle judicial matters within the City on cases involving violation of laws and ordinances. Also among the job duties would be to administer oaths, issue summons and subpoenas as necessary, report to the BOC (Board of Commissioners) and other duties as required.
In November there was a first reading on an ordinance amending Lakeland’s code to implement a City municipal court. At the time, Jim Atkinson, city manager, said the current process to deal with City code violations is lengthy. It starts with a courtesy citation and can go all the way to Shelby County Environmental Court.
“With our own municipal court, it would speed up the timetable. Most citizens take care of the issues but 10 to 15 percent don’t go so smoothly. It takes time to get on Judge (Larry) Potter’s docket and then the case can be continued,” said Mr. Atkinson last fall. The ordinance amendment was approved in December.
Mr. Cates is a partner at Burch, Porter & Johnson. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1999) and the University of Virginia (B.A., 1996).
-From Lakeland Currents, May 10, 2018