- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The city of Tupelo is giving the Lee County Youth Court $60,000 in funding, which a judge says will help to relieve an overcrowded docket.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2djkH9h ) the Tupelo City Council approved the appropriation Tuesday night.

The move follows a decision by Lee County officials to provide about $45,000 in extra funding to County Court and Youth Court.

County Court Judge Charlie Brett says the funding from Tupelo and Lee County will allow him to hire a court administrator and an intake officer.

Youth Court already has two intake officers.

With three intake officers, Brett says he would designate one to handle delinquency referrals.

In the 21 Mississippi counties with a County Court system, the County Court judge, or judges, preside over Youth Court.

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