DA introduces system to ensure “equal justice”

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón announced Thursday the launch of a centralized fee assessment system to ensure greater consistency and fairness in the filing of decisions by District Attorneys.

“We’re centralizing the decision-making process to ensure that the same behavior leads to similar outcomes regardless of where a crime is committed in Los Angeles County,” Gascón said in a written statement.

“Consistency in initial case assessment and submission is essential to achieve equal justice for all people in our county.”

According to the prosecutor, centralized archival metrics will be developed and studies will be conducted to measure progress.

According to prosecutors, criminal cases were filed on Monday in downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Van Nuys and Antelope Valley using the new centralized system.

Filings will be centralized in Compton, Pomona, El Monte, West Covina, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Torrance and Inglewood Courthouses through January, followed by Airport, Long Beach, Norwalk, Bellflower, Downey, Metropolitan, Pasadena, Glendale, The Courthouse Burbank and Alhambra around March 1st.

Approximately 680 cases are brought up for review by law enforcement on a daily basis, with most being reviewed and either pending for prosecution or disapproval by deputy district attorneys assigned to the downtown Los Angeles court and branch courthouses across the county Courthouses operate but report to the assistant district attorney in the fee assessment department, the district attorney’s office said.

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