Myrtle Beach City Council has appointed Glenn Ohanesian as City of Myrtle Beach Chief Municipal Judge.
Glenn Ohanesian took the oath of office as Myrtle Beach Chief Municipal Judge and his appointment is for two years, effective immediately, at a salary of $131,250.
Chief Judge Ohanesian has served for the past 18 years as one of the city of Myrtle Beach‘s three associate municipal judges.
He replaces former Chief Judge Joi Page, who recently announced her retirement.
Judge Ohanesian earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor Degrees from the University of South Carolina. He has been an attorney in Myrtle Beach for 28 years and is a past president of the Horry County Bar Association. A more formal swearing-in ceremony may be scheduled at a later date.
THE ROLE OF A CHIEF MUNICIPAL JUDGE
The roles of a Chief Municipal Judge can vary depending on the jurisdiction and specific responsibilities assigned to the position. However, some common roles and responsibilities of a Chief Municipal Judge may include the following:
1. Judicial Leadership: As the Chief Municipal Judge, you would provide leadership and guidance to other judges and court staff in the municipal court system. This involves setting standards, establishing policies, and ensuring adherence to local, state, and federal laws.
2. Court Administration: You would oversee the day-to-day operations of the municipal court, including case management, scheduling, and budgeting. This includes working closely with court clerks, administrative staff, and other personnel to ensure efficient and effective court operations.
3. Case Adjudication: Your primary role is to preside over cases brought before the municipal court. This includes conducting hearings, trials, and making legal decisions while ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice. You would also be responsible for ruling on evidentiary matters, interpreting laws, applying legal principles, and issuing appropriate judgments or sentences.
4. Policy Development: As the Chief Municipal Judge, you may participate in the development and implementation of court policies, procedures, and guidelines. This could involve reviewing existing practices, identifying areas for improvement, and making recommendations to enhance the efficiency and efficacy of the court system.
5. Community Outreach: You would play a pivotal role in maintaining public trust and confidence in the judicial system by engaging in community outreach programs. This may involve participating in educational initiatives, speaking at public events, or collaborating with community organizations to promote access to justice and increase public awareness about the role of the municipal court.
6. Professional Development: To stay current with legal developments and maintain competence as a judge, you would be expected to engage in ongoing professional development activities. This may include attending judicial conferences, participating in continuing education programs, and staying abreast of changes in relevant legislation and case law.
It’s important to note that the specific roles and responsibilities can vary depending on the jurisdiction. Some Chief Municipal Judges may have additional duties based on local laws and regulations.