Number of Cases Filed - Total
The number of cases filed is a direct result of the number of citations issued and affidavits filed by the Austin Police Department (APD) and other departments/agencies that issue citations filed in the Municipal Court. For this reason, the budgeted (expected) and estimated “number of cases filed” are not meant to imply any citation issuance requirements by law enforcement agencies including APD; rather, this measure reflects the workload for Municipal Court staff and allows the Department to track resource allocation. The types of cases filed include traffic, city ordinance, state class ‘C’ misdemeanors, parking, and red light camera violations.
This measure is the sum of all of cases filed, excluding those filed at the Downtown Austin Community Court.
FY 2015-16 Results
For FY 2015-16, the expected number of cases filed was 369,000. The actual number of cases filed was 323,503.
Assessment of Results
The number of cases filed decreased from 351,757 in FY 2014-15 to 323,503 in FY 2015-16, an 8% decrease. The breakdown for cases filed according to citation type is shown in the below table, with 50% of all cases filed relating to parking citations, 41% to traffic citations, 6% to misdemeanor citations, and 4% related to citations from the Red Light Camera Program. The total cases filed for FY 2015-16 has decreased compared to the last two fiscal years. The 8% decrease is primarily due to decreases in traffic and parking citations. Overall cases filed have decreased 12.5% over the past 3 years.
Of these cases, 1,576 (or 0.5%) were classified as juvenile cases. Although, juvenile cases increased in FY 2015-16 from FY 2014-15 levels of 1,430, juvenile cases have dropped significantly over time, from a high of 6,596 when they were first tracked in FY 2008-09. This decrease is due to the effort of the Austin Youth Diversion Program, which allows youth and their parents to complete classes and/or community service in order to keep their cases from being filed in Court.
APD's e-citation program is near completion. This program is designed to improve the completion time of issuing citations. It is anticipated that additional departments will adopt the e-citation program, and this program may impact the total number of cases filed in Court. The number of all case types of juvenile cases is anticipated to continue to decrease due to the efforts of the Austin Youth Diversion Program.
For more information contact Mary Jane Grubb, Court Clerk, at (512) 974-4692.