Report On Muni Court: Less Is More!

The good folks at Publicola have taken on the thankless task of reading a 108-page report on revamping Seattle Municipal Court.

According to Publicola, the Neverending Story court report recommends a new scheduling system for judges, streamlining record keeping, and a bunch of other stuff like:

• Standardizing the forms used in trials and making SPD arrest videos and 911 tapes available online to defense attorneys.

• Increase the number of cases that result in early plea bargains by giving the city attorney’s office more latitude to negotiate pleas.

• Have judges share courtrooms in one part of the courthouse instead of giving each judge a dedicated courtroom.

• Creating a special docket for warrants so that warrant cases don’t get stuck in a backlog once the court is cut.

You can read more here.