Gulfport’s Special Magistrate to Continue

Gulfport City Council voted to use a special magistrate to hear code enforcement-related cases. The city has used and voted to continue to use Jim Thaler to hear these cases. Thaler, a lawyer, charges $150 an hour for his services.

If the city opted to discontinue using a special magistrate, such cases would go to the circuit court.

Since adopting the process of a special magistrate, Community Development Director Fred Metcalf estimates Thaler has heard “approximately 10” cases.

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