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NCJ Number: 164027 Find in a Library
Title: Felony Justice in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Corporate Author: Metropolitan Crime Cmssn of New Orleans
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Metropolitan Crime Cmssn of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70112
Sale Source: Metropolitan Crime Cmssn of New Orleans
1440 Canal Street
Suite 2005
Box 40
New Orleans, LA 70112
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The felony court system in Orleans Parish, La., the State's only court with exclusively criminal jurisdiction, was examined with respect to case characteristics, case processing, judges' compliance with American Bar Association time standards for case processing, and the size and time since initiation of each judge's active pending caseload.
Abstract: The analysis used data from a random sample of 25 percent of the felony cases closed during 1994 and 1995. The analysis revealed that theft cases accounted for 23 percent of the court's docket, while drug cases accounted for 37 percent. Sixty percent of the defendants were not released from custody prior to trial. Approximately 17 percent of those release failed to appear for court and were at large for more than 3 months at some time during the case processing. Seventy-two percent of the felony defendants were represented by the public defender's office. Judge and jury trials accounted for only 11 percent of all disposition types. Guilty pleas accounted for 80 percent of all dispositions. Felony cases took 23 percent longer to process in 1995 than in 1985. Different sections of the court vary considerably with respect to core performance issues and basic docket management functions. Recommended changes, figures, tables, and footnotes
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Case processing; Felony courts; Louisiana
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