Swift justice?

March 3, 2008

Because of my must-learn-everything-the-hard-way son, I have had the opportunity to watch the Pierce County justice system crawl along at an unbelievably slow pace.

It seems now that I am not the only one who thinks things take longer than they should.  From the Tribune:

Pierce County Superior Court judges to target case backlog
Proposal offers solutions after audit shows delays in Superior Court system
Published: February 28th, 2008 01:00 AM | Updated: February 28th, 2008 06:26 AM

Stung by an audit that said they move too slowly, Pierce County’s Superior Court judges are implementing changes they hope will reduce a backlog of cases clogging the county’s criminal justice system.

Click here to read the whole story.

Upside of suspects staying in county while they await trial: much of their sentence time is already served by the time they are found guilty.

Downside: over-crowded facilities and overtime for the corrections staff.

I thought you would be interested to see the time-line of my kid’s case as an example.  (Remember, we have suspects waive their right to a speedy trial because no one (prosecution or defense) is ready to deal with the case.)

For clarification, CONTINUED means that what ever was supposed to happen didn’t because someone (prosecution or defense) wasn’t ready or wasn’t available.  After 16 months, I am sure the prosecution and the defense were glad to see the end of this case!

07/21/2006 09:00 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 CASE ISSUED – BW BENCH WARRANT SERVED
08/16/2006 01:30 PM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 ARRAIGNMENT – BENCH WARRANT ARRAIGNED
08/31/2006 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE CONTINUED
09/14/2006 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE CONTINUED
09/21/2006 01:00 PM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE HELD
10/04/2006 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ CONTINUANCE HELD
10/05/2006 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ JURY TRIAL CONTINUED
12/14/2006 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 OMNIBUS HEARING CONTINUED
01/10/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 OMNIBUS HEARING CONTINUED
01/18/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 OMNIBUS HEARING HELD
02/08/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ JURY TRIAL CONTINUED
02/28/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ CONTINUANCE HELD
03/01/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ JURY TRIAL CONTINUED
03/19/2007 09:00 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 PLEA DATE HELD
04/02/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 OMNIBUS HEARING CANCELLED
04/30/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ JURY TRIAL CANCELLED
04/30/2007 01:30 PM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ SENTENCING DATE CONTINUED
06/19/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ SENTENCING DATE CONTINUED
09/06/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ SENTENCING DATE CONTINUED
10/08/2007 08:30 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION- PRESIDING JUDGE CDPJ SENTENCING DATE CONTINUED
10/23/2007 09:00 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 SENTENCING DATE CONTINUED
10/26/2007 11:00 AM BEVERLY G. GRANT 18 SENTENCING DATE HELD
11/27/2007 09:00 AM CRIMINAL DIVISION 1 CD1 SENTENCING DATE CONTINUED
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