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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Local court stats

The Sangamon County Circuit Clerk published its court statistics for 2005. Some of the more noteworthy numbers, in no particular order, are:

  • Total of all cases: 74,018
  • Total civil cases filed, not including family: 13,105 of which 7,038 were small claims cases
  • Total family cases filed: 2,200, including 987 divorces
  • Of the 6,465 criminal cases filed: 1,778 felonies, 2,515 misdemeanors, 242 conservation violations, 396 ordinance violations, and 1,534 orders of protection
  • Finally, the traffic breakdown: DUI 1,903 and traffic 50,345, for a total of 52,248 cases (it needs to be noted that some of these cases were filed against people who don't live here, but were caught traveling through the county)

Yikes!

Sangamon County has a population of about 190,000.

Moral of the story: Watch it. Because if you live in Sangamon County, there's a pretty good chance you'll be going in front of a judge.

Sidenote: The Sangamon County Bar Association website is quite sad, having not been updated since January 2004.

Posted by Marie at January 3, 2006 9:56 PM