Court watchdog group says sheriff’s office to blame for delays

Court watchdog group says sheriff’s office to blame for delays
Orleans Parish Criminal Court (WVUE)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The group, Court Watch NOLA, said the majority of continuances at criminal district court are happening because the sheriff's office isn't bringing those defendants to court.

It is just one of the findings in Court Watch NOLA’s annual report on the parish’s court.

It alleges, among other things, that the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is to blame for so many delays in court.

The report states that judges are powerless to stop the inefficiency when the sheriff’s office doesn’t transport a defendant to court.

“In 57 percent of those continuances where a defendant was not produced, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office was responsible for bringing the defendant to court and did not bring the defendant to court,” Simone Levine of Court Watch NOLA said.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying, “The report appears to be referencing inmates housed in other parishes. It is the responsibility of the courts to issue an order in time to ensure that these inmates appear in court.”

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