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Courts selected for DUI experiment

Courts selected for DUI experiment

Associated Press
Apr. 26, 2006 02:36 PM

Selected courts in Maricopa, Navajo, Pima and Yavapai counties will participate in pilot projects aimed at reducing delays in processing DUI cases, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor ordered Wednesday.

Courts selected in Maricopa County to participate in the pilot programs that will run though mid-2007 were Phoenix and Mesa municipal. Those in Navajo County included the Holbrook, Kayenta, Pinetop-Lakewide, Show Low, Snowflake and Winslow justice courts.

Other participating courts include Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts and, in Yavapai County, Prescott Municipal Court and Prescott Justice Court.

In announcing the initiative in January, McGregor said the chosen courts will be required to complete 90 percent of DUI cases in 120 days and 98 percent in 180 days. In the 2004-2005 fiscal year, 66.8 percent of DUI cases were resolved in 120 days and 81.6 percent in 180 days, according a court report.

The time limits are among steps recommended by a committee appointed by McGregor last summer to review how Arizona courts process DUI cases.

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