After experiencing a more than 21-percent case increase in the first two months of 2012, Grove City has expanded its mayor's court hours.

After experiencing a more than 21-percent case increase in the first two months of 2012, Grove City has expanded its mayor's court hours.

On March 14, the mayor's court began running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Court was previously started at 1 p.m.

"Part of good government is providing good public service," deputy city administrator William Vedra said.

The mayor's court is administered by a mayor-appointed magistrate, Don Breckenridge, and processes about 4,500 cases annually. The court deals with a variety of misdemeanor offenses.

"The increasing number of cases caused overcrowding in the courtroom and a significant back-up in the caseload," Vedra said in a written statement.

Last year, the court averaged 94 cases per week, Vedra said. The week of Feb. 22, the court had 202 cases. The week of Feb. 29, the court had 107 cases. Vedra said he thinks the case increase is "just a function of numbers" because of an increase in population and visitors.

He estimated some people had to wait as long as two hours to appear before the magistrate.

"The administration is committed to keeping an eye on things like this," he said.

The city added a part-time position to the mayor's court to assist with the additional workload. Vedra said a $20,000 appropriation was included in the city's 2012 budget for the position, which was not related to the court's expanded hours.

"The city's significant growth gives the city administration the opportunity to review and improve many city service functions. I'm certain the recent addition of online payments for mayor's court and the current changes will result in significant improvements in efficiency and service," Mayor Richard L. "Ike" Stage said in a written statement.