DISTRICT ATTORNEY REDUCES BACKLOGGED TUSCALOOSA CASELOAD
By WVUA 23 Web Writer Mason Estevez
The Tuscaloosa County District Attorney office’s plans to expedite the process of sending cases to the grand jury has yielded results.
Since the plan’s implementation in January, the office has cleared 22,000 of the 25,000 backlogged cases in the county and the office is back to an average 300 incoming cases per month.
“The quicker we get these cases through the stronger the evidence will be, the more fresh it’ll be when we get to court, and it provides us with the place now with our plate clean… to help move cases through the rest of the system more quickly,” District Attorney Hays Webb said.
The plan was initially created as a solution to some cases being delayed for months or years before being processed.
Webb believes the process will benefit area law enforcement and victims now that they can conduct investigations in a timelier manner.