Felony Block Pilot - Final Report
Group: Fourth Judicial District Research Division
In May of 2005, Chief Judge Lucy Wieland appointed a Criminal Assignment Committee to review options for a new felony assignment system that would ‘block’ cases to a specific judge for the duration of the case. The cases that were being discussed for this pilot did not include felonies that were already blocked (homicides and first degree criminal sexual conduct), cases that belong to a specific specialty court (cases in Drug Court and Property Court), or fugitive cases. The pilot cases were originally known as Public Safety Facility (PSF) felonies – since these cases all have their first appearance at the Public Safety Facility. Later these cases were referred to as Felony Block cases. This pilot began January 1, 2006 and will continue through December 31, 2007. This final report is based on an analysis of cases that were handled in the first year of the pilot (2006); these cases were followed through until July 11, 2007 when the court migrated to a new information system. The Fourth Judicial bench will vote on the continuation of this pilot in the fall of 2007 leaving the administration time to adjust to any needed staffing changes.
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