City of Hermiston May Send Misdemeanors to Circuit Court
The city of Hermiston is considering prosecuting misdemeanor crimes in circuit court.
They're currently handled in Municipal Court, where the costs of prosecution have rapidly increased in recent years. In addition to saving money, Police Chief Jason Edmiston says the move would give the district attorney a more complete understanding of a person when deciding how to prosecute them.
The city council has forwarded the issue to its public safety committee to consider the proposal further.