Efforts to reduce court caseloads in Klamath County through weekly settlement hearings known to many as 'Super Tuesdays' appear to be paying off.
Klamath County began holding the settlement hearings back in September.
The most recent was held on Christmas Eve.
Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge says the effort to reduce court caseloads is paying off...
"Over the last 90 days we've dug out of 2 years worth of backlog that we were accumulating."
Of the 2,730 cases that have been on the settlement day dockets over the past 16 weeks, 1,140 have been resolved.
"So it's really made a huge difference in the number of caseload." Notes D.A. Patridge. "We're taking these cases to trial, too - so we're sending a serious message and changing the culture here in Klamath County."
Judges agreed to try the settlement hearings at the request of defense, and prosecuting attorneys.
It's hoped that reducing the number of mandatory appearances will also save taxpayers money.