The latest data from New York has revealed that city judges and prosecutors are processing firearms possession cases at breakneck speed.
The data showed that since August 2021, state Supreme Court judges in the city have required people charged solely with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon to appear in court every two weeks until their cases are resolved.
The data also showed that such cases amount to a quarter of about 11,000 pending felony cases before city judges.
According to reports, the requirement of more frequent court appearances has led to the speedy resolution of 1,383 cases and shrunk a backlog of 4,242 such cases by 33% to 2,859 cases.
Janet DiFiore, the state’s top judge, said most of the backlog built up during the pandemic.
DiFiore added that courts in New York City have nearly tripled the number of gun cases they dispose of each week, from around 30 to about 100.