Tulsa County special judges get new docket assignments
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Friday, December 14, 2012
12/14/12 at 5:21 AM
Six Tulsa County special judges will start new docket assignments next month.
Presiding District Judge William Kellough announced the changes, which take effect Jan. 2.
Judge Charles Hogshead will move from a protective order caseload to an arraignment docket in the Criminal Courts Division.
Judge Bill Hiddle will transfer from that arraignment assignment to a misdemeanor docket that Judge Sarah Smith has been handling.
Smith will move to the protective order docket duties, where she will succeed Hogshead.
Judge Deborrah Ludi Leitch will move from the Criminal Courts Division, where she has dealt with preliminary hearings and bond hearings, to a docket in the Family Division that Judge Rodney Sparkman has handled.
Sparkman will stay in the Family Division in his new duties, in which he will take the caseload of Judge Stephen Clark.
In turn, Clark will transfer to the Criminal Courts Division, where he will succeed Ludi Leitch.
Special judges are hired by, and serve at the pleasure of, the district and associate district judges.
A special judge has no specific term of office.
In related news: District and associate district judges are scheduled to meet Friday in an effort to hire a new chief public defender for Tulsa County.
Of eight applicants, three finalists for the appointment - Shena Burgess, John Echols and Jack Zanerhaft - were selected.
The opening was created when Pete Silva retired effective Nov. 30 after 22 years as the county's chief public defender.
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Pete Silva: Tulsa County district and associate district judges will meet today to try to hire a chief public defender to succeed Silva, who retired Nov. 30