April 22, 2021
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many courts worked to switch to a virtual format, while criminal court cases became backlogged. This problem has continued throughout the pandemic to the point that some courts face such a large backlog that some cases may need to be dropped. To help address this challenge and others related to virtual courts and backlogged cases, the Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence published the report “Prosecutor Backlog Causes, Data and Solutions” in January 2021. This short report offers useful, actionable steps to help prosecutors address backlogged cases.