Scales of Justice

CASE OVERLOAD
County ranked last in concluding felony cases within 12 months

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 12, 2014 @ 6:49 pm
Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Likely reinforcing the need for more support in local courts to deal with heavy caseloads, a state judiciary report on Tuesday said San Bernardino County kept more of its felony cases on the docket after 12 months than any other reporting county in California during fiscal year 2012-13.

The county disposed of 53 percent of felony cases in less than 12 months, well below the 89 percent reported statewide, according to the 2014 Court Statistics Report published by the Judicial Council of California.

Only one other county, Santa Clara (55), reported less than 60 percent in that category. Twelve of the state’s 58 counties didn’t report data in that category at all. The category consists of cases in which defendants were held to answer or were certified on guilty pleas, and the processing time is based on time from first appearance to final disposition.

The report also shows that county courtrooms are dealing with massive caseloads. The county had 4,584 total cases filed per judicial position during that fiscal year. By comparison, the state average was 3,817 cases filed per judicial position.

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