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NCJ Number: 66410 Find in a Library
Title: ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION OF TRAFFIC OFFENSES
Author(s): J MULLEN; D A DAY
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Abt Associates, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02138
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: J-LEAA-013-78
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS POLICY BRIEF OUTLINES THE BENEFITS OF USING ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION PROCEDURES INSTEAD OF CRIMINAL COURT ACTIONS FOR SETTLING TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS AND DISCUSSES THE ACTIONS NEEDED TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM.
Abstract: IT DESCRIBES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION BUREAU WITHIN NEW YORK STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND THE TRANSFER OF CASES INVOLVING NONMOVING INFRACTIONS TO THE PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU OF THE CITY'S TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION. KEY FEATURES OF AN IMPROVED SYSTEM OF TRAFFIC OFFENSE ADJUDICATION ARE LISTED. BENEFITS ARE OUTLINED, INCLUDING REDUCED COSTS, INCREASED REVENUES, REDUCED STRAIN ON CRIMINAL RESOURCES, CITIZEN SATISFACTION, AND IMPROVED CASE PROCESS AND OUTCOME. AN AGENDA FOR ACTION DESCRIBES TWO POSSIBLE APPROACHES--ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION OR A MODIFIED JUDICIAL SYSTEM--AS THE KEY DECISION AN INITIAL FEASIBILITY STUDY SHOULD ADDRESS. OTHER STEPS IN CHANGING THE SYSTEM INCLUDE DEVELOPING CONSENSUS AND SUPPORT THROUGH A CONFERENCE OR MEETING OF STATE LEADERS, AND REVISING OR AMENDING EXISTING STATUTES GOVERNING TRAFFIC ADJUDICATION THROUGH DECRIMINALIZATION AND DESIGNATION OF ADJUDICATION AUTHORITY AND PROCEDURES. FIGURES ILLUSTRATE THE TRAFFIC OFFENSE ADJUDICATION PROCESS MODEL AND THE STATUS OF ALL STATES IN DECRIMINALIZING MINOR OFFENSES AND DEVELOPING ADJUDICATION ALTERNATIVES. APPENDIXES PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF RELEVANT NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATION. SOURCES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE ARE LISTED, INCLUDING DETAILED GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCTING AN INITIAL FEASIBILITY STUDY BY THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION.
Index Term(s): Administrative adjudication; Civil proceedings; Decriminalization; Judicial diversion; New York; Traffic offenses
Note: POLICY BRIEFS - ACTION GUIDES FOR LEGISLATORS AND GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES
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