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NCJ Number: 51775 Find in a Library
Title: PIERCE COUNTY (WA) - PROSECUTING ATTORNEY'S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1977
Author(s): D HERRON
Corporate Author: Pierce Cty Prosecuting Attorney
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Pierce Cty Prosecuting Attorney
Tacoma, WA 98402
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PIERCE COUNTY, WASH., PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL DIVISIONS DURING 1977 ARE SUMMARIZED, AND COURT STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR ARE PRESENTED.
Abstract: STATISTICS COVER CRIMINAL CHARGES FILED IN SUPERIOR AND DISTRICT COURTS, DISPOSITIONS, REASONS FOR DISMISSALS, CRIMINAL APPEALS, THE ACTIVITIES OF THE FAMILY SUPPORT AND BUSINESS FRAUD/STOLEN PROPERTY UNITS, AND CIVIL ACTIONS AND APPEALS. AN OVERVIEW NOTES THE CRIMINAL DIVISION'S EFFORTS TO MEET CASELOAD PRESSURES THROUGH GREATER EFFICIENCY ON THE PART OF ATTORNEYS, USE OF LEGAL INTERNS, IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM, AND CONTINUED EMPHASIS ON SPEEDY TRIAL PROCEDURES. AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FAMILY SUPPORT UNIT AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES HAS INCREASED THE PROSECUTOR'S ABILITY TO COLLECT CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS, AND THE ACTIVITIES OF SPECIAL UNITS ASSIGNED TO HANDLE CRIMES COMMITTED BY JUVENILES, AND RAPE AND OTHER VIOLENT CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE DESCRIBED. THE BUSINESS FRAUD UNIT'S 93.79-PERCENT CONVICTION RATE FOR 152 FELONY CASES FILED IN 1977 IS CITED, AS IS THE EXPANSION OF THE PROSECUTOR'S VICTIM AND WITNESS PROGRAM. THE MAJOR EXPANSION IN THE CIVIL DIVISION INVOLVED HANDLING INSURANCE MATTERS FOR THE COUNTY, WHICH, LIKE MOST OF THE LARGER MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS IN WASHINGTON, WAS FORCED INTO SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAMS AS A RESULT OF RISING INSURANCE PREMIUMS. THE CIVIL DIVISION ALSO ADVISED THE STATE LEGISLATURE ON PROBLEMS WITH PROPOSED INVOLUNTARY CIVIL COMMITMENT LEGISLATION. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Court statistics; Prosecutors; Washington
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