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Public Satisfaction Survey
This court conducted a public satisfaction survey for one week in July. All visitors to the court were asked to fill out a short survey. More than 120 people filled out the survey. Here are some of the results:
The survey found that 95% of the respondents strongly agreed or agreed that they were treated with courtesy and respect by the court staff.
Similarly,82% % of the respondents said the judge or magistrate treated everyone with courtesy and respect while only 10% disagreed or strongly disagreed.
In court hearings, there is a winner and a loser. Not everyone can win and 60% of the respondents thought the outcome in their cases was favorable while 18.2% agreed or disagreed.
When asked if they were able to get their court business done in a reasonable amount of time, 89% strongly agreed or agreed while only 3% disagreed or strongly disagreed.
Of those who responded, 69% strongly agreed or agreed that the way the case was handled was fair, while only 17% disagreed or strongly disagreed.
The percentage of people who responded ot the question of whether the judge or magistrate listened to both sides, was similar to the percentage of people for whom the decision was favorable or not with 77.6% agreeing while 13.8% strongly disagreeing.
The criminal justice system responds with a variety of sanctions to those arrested for drunk driving in order to reduce drunk driving. One measure of the effectiveness of the sanctions is to examine the number of people who are arrested again. This court examined the driving records of 303 people convicted of drunk driving in 2000 and 2001. We found that 9.85% were arrested after 2 years, 19.6% were arrested after 5 years, and 26.8% were arrested after 10 years.
In 2007, researchers studied recidivism in Michigan for drunk drivers. They found that 13.6% of people convicted of drunk driving were re-arrested for drunk driving within two years and 0.7% of people in Sobriety Courts were re-arrested within 2 years.
Jurors are asked to take time off from their daily lives to hear a case. This court requires jurors to attend court only one day or one trial. We summons about 15 people every other week. We ask that they call the night before their date of service and some times we are able to advise them, that they do not need to appear. In 2012, more than 200 jurors were told they did not have to appear because all the cases were settled. In 2012, 140 jurors appeared in court and 18 were selected to hear the 3 jury trials held.
The court cleared more cases than were started for the fourth year in a row. The caseload pending at the end of the year was 1,059 fewer cases (47.5%) less than the end of 2008.
Case Disposition Rates
We have finished more cases than we started every year since 2008.