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PARTNERS IN MEANINGFUL ADJUDICATIONS - THE eVOLUTION OF eCITATION AND eADJUDICATION IN CONNECTICUT

 

Abstract: Highway safety priorities can be served by collaboration between agencies that have related goals but sometimes competing interests. Ultimately, the highway safety community is best served when police services, the courts, and prosecuting authorities are able to effectively leverage technology to perform their core functions of proactive enforcement, prosecution, and adjudication. Connecticut has been successful in creating collaboration between the three groups ensuring accurate generation of documents, the presentation of relevant information for use in exercise of prosecutorial discretion, and access to justice leading to meaningful adjudications. Meaningful adjudications are subsequently available to members of the highway safety community for use in subsequent offender sanctioning, training, and education of high risk driver populations. Additionally, this information can be utilized to allocate law enforcement resources to identify and target geographic and temporal offender “hot spots” in support of State and Federal traffic safety initiatives.

 The Connecticut Highway Safety Office and the Traffic Records Coordinating Committee have successfully brought members of the highway safety community together including the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Judicial Branch. Through two NHTSA funded initiatives, namely eCitation and On-line Dispostion, Connecticut has been able to establish a comprehensive electronic citation and adjudication platform during a time of significant budgetary challenges. Despite a loss of personnel, limitations of resources, and competing interests; Connecticut is poised to provide access to justice and education of highway safety issues to more drivers than in the previous manual system. This system supports law enforcement personnel in ensuring that the difficult and dangerous work conducted in the field is not minimized due to a lack of system wide resources. Court dockets are no longer limited by traditional scheduling and space constraints. Prosecutors are able to access and consider a wide range of real time resources to craft appropriate recommendations and offers to defendants. Matters can be disposed and attached to driver histories where appropriate in a matter of weeks rather than months.


Presenters:
Deputy Chief Brian Pichnarcik, Cheshire Police Department

Sergeant Andrew Gallagher, Stamford Police Department

Attorney Richard J. Colangelo, State’s Attorney – Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District Attorney

Stacey B. Manware, Deputy Director Superior Court Operations – Connecticut Judicial Branch 

 

 


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