August 15, 1990 |
By next April, judges will be able to take their vacations early, joked District Attorney Ronald D. Castille. The DA said that based on the number of guilty pleas by criminals charged with committing felonies during the first six months of the year, there will be a "zero" backlog of cases by next spring. By the end of the year, the number of felony cases awaiting trials will be down to an unprecedented 4,900, Castille said yesterday during a news conference with judges and other criminal justice system officials.
March 16, 1989 |
The city's judicial system is choking on backlogged cases, District Attorney Ronald D. Castille said yesterday, and he urged Mayor Goode to build a courthouse in Center City and to renegotiate a court-ordered cap on prison inmates. "The system is headed for pretty much of a crisis unless we take some drastic steps," Castille said yesterday at a City Hall news conference. "We're looking at a backlog that's going to be astounding. " Castille said the system's backlog of felony cases was about 11,000 at the end of 1988 and is projected to grow to more than 14,000 by the end of this year.
May 19, 1987 |
A huge backlog of claims to Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia for major- medical insurance payments has been slashed to a near-normal level. The backlog is down to about 11,000 claims from a high of more than 60,000 in January. A spokesman said the insurer's processing schedule was expected to be back to normal by June. "I fully believe in two weeks we'll have it down to 8,000 or less . . . a level that's normal for this time of year," James R. Vivian, director of the major-medical section, said in an interview last Friday.
December 14, 1986 |
Alfred Zollers is a matchmaker and, at first glance, his job would seem rather easy. When a criminal case comes into the Mongtgomery County Common Pleas Court, Zollers, the district attorney's chief clerk, simply makes certain that the case is assigned to a judge. One case, one judge. Piece of cake. Except that lately, the pieces haven't been fitting so nicely. Instead, Zollers said he has found that the county's growing backlog of criminal cases is making it more and more difficult for him to match a case with a judge.
January 23, 1992 |
Burlington County's newest Superior Court judges will have to look backward to move forward in their new jobs. Next month, after each is sworn in to his seven-year post, John Sweeney and Jan Schlesinger will encounter the remnants of a period when too few judges grappled with too many cases: Backlog. Court records show that 3,740 of the 13,915 cases pending from July through October have exhausted the prescribed time limits for when a case should be heard - constituting a backlog of 27 percent.
February 23, 1995 |
If you bought or sold a house in Philadelphia during the last year or so and it seems as if you've been waiting an eternity for the city to record the deed or mortgage, you aren't dreaming. The city controller's office says you're caught up in a whopping backlog that's costing taxpayers an indeterminable sum of money. In an audit released yesterday, City Controller Jonathan Saidel disclosed that the city Department of Records at one point had failed to enter 30,000 deeds, mortgages and related documents into its official data base.
June 23, 1988 |
The Gloucester County Utilities Authority, apparently rebounding from the sludge-disposal problems that plagued it this spring, has again started accepting septic waste from haulers outside Gloucester County. Gary Whalen, operations manager for the authority, said last night that the backlog of sewage that had accumulated at the treatment plant last month - at one point almost three million gallons - had now been almost completely removed. For the last month, the authority has refused to accept septic waste from outside the county.
January 19, 2011 |
The Pennsylvania State Police isn't shying away from the truth: It has a massive backlog of criminal DNA evidence that could solve an untold number of crimes. It's a problem with far-reaching ramifications, as evidenced by the case of Antonio Rodriguez, who police sources said confessed yesterday to being the murderous Kensington Strangler. A sample of Rodriguez's DNA was provided to the State Police on Oct. 25 - a week before the first of the Strangler's victims was found - but was not uploaded into the national CODIS database until Jan. 10, said Jack Lewis, a State Police spokesman.
December 19, 1987 |
The Camden County Probation Department says it has virtually eliminated the backlog that delayed the delivery of thousands of child-support checks earlier this month. Bob Fisler, supervisor of the department's domestic relations division, said yesterday that the division had returned to the four- to five-day "turnaround" time - the time it takes to issue a check to the children after receiving payment from the father - that was the norm before the backlog. "We're getting up to speed," Fisler said.
August 30, 1988 |
Toll Bros. Inc. said that its revenue and profits rose sharply in the third quarter, but that its backlog of contracts for new houses declined from a year earlier. At the end of its third quarter, the Horsham homebuilder's backlog of contracts for new houses was 366, valued at $102.8 million, down from a backlog of 467 homes, valued at $125.8 million, a year before. The firm attributed the decline to a lower demand in its New Jersey markets, the timing of certain government approvals, and the fact that a comparatively larger number of its projects were in the start-up phase in new markets.