From Postponements to Efficiency: Expedited Case Disposition in Allegheny County Criminal Court

Unwieldy case backlogs and delays inspired a number of changes in how the Allegheny County Criminal Court processes cases.  By expediting plea offers, completing discovery and providing evidence at formal arraignments, and prioritizing clearing of old cases, the Court has realized a significant decrease in the number of active criminal cases. Other benefits of these changes include better adjudication of more serious cases, improved engagement by defense counsel and prosecutors, greater focus on problem-solving courts, and better management of jail overcrowding resulting from defendants awaiting trial for extended periods of time.

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