During the years from 2004-2008, Early Intervention Program (EIP) attorneys were able to resolve approximately 24% of all the felony cases processed through Chatham County's Recorder's and Magistrates Courts - a total of well over 3, 000 cases - in an average time of fewer than 60 days per case. This significant five year achievement, however, has been eclipsed in 2009.
This quick resolution of appropriate felony cases has:
- substantially reduced the caseloads of the Chatham County Grand Jury and Chatham's Superior Courts judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys
- reduced the number of necessary court appearances for crime victims, witnesses and police officers
- provided some relief to the Sheriff's overcrowded jail facility by moving inmates' cases much more swiftly through our local criminal justice system.