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Posted on: October 7, 2013

"Fast Track" process change

Effective Monday, October 7th, the Court Administrator’s office will implement a change in the Wednesday “fast track” process at the Magisterial District Judge level. The change is designed to streamline the process at Common Pleas to help defendants appear at the proper courtroom and event. The effects of this change will be seen with cases scheduled in December, 2013.

The nomenclature for Wednesday cases will be changed effective December 2013. Instead of Fast Track on Wednesdays in the CPCMS, the Calendar Entry will read “Expedited Track.” This will help differentiate between the Fast Track DUI/ARD cases and the Wednesday “Fast Track” cases.

When the tentative plea agreement is offered at the MDJ level by the Assistant District Attorney, the MDJ staff will schedule the criminal case for the specific event (plea, ARD, PWOV, or IP Plea) at the Common Pleas level in CPCMS for which the defendant is to appear. The Defendant will leave the preliminary hearing with a notice informing the defendant of the date, time, Judge, and Courtroom in which to appear for their plea, ARD, PWOV, or IP Plea not their Formal Arraignment. IF there is no tentative plea, the defendant will be scheduled for Formal Arraignment by the MDJ staff and will receive a notice specifying the date, time, Judge and Courtroom in which they are to appear for Formal Arraignment. This is the change that will help the defendant report to the proper venue on Wednesdays.

The nomenclature on the Criminal Court Calendar beginning in December will reflect Wednesday Expedited Track (EXP) instead of Fast Track (FT).

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