Referrals to juvenile court docket final yr reached a low since 2015 of 8,877, of which 1,853 turned juvenile court docket instances. Most referrals are diverted from the formal court docket course of.
Referrals final yr fell 12% from 2019; juvenile court docket filings fell 16%.
“Dad and mom are residence, children are residence. There’s lots much less alternative to get into bother,” Holewa mentioned.
Regional Juvenile Court docket Director Carrie Hjellming, who oversees Burleigh, Morton and 15 different counties, agrees. Kids had been at residence and never in colleges, and companies had been restricted, with fewer folks going out.
“2020 was only a yr that has actually no rule ebook to comply with,” she mentioned.
Suspensions of jury trials led to the fewest in a long time: 176, down from a mean of 292 since 1997. The South Central Judicial District, encompassing Burleigh, Morton and 7 different counties, logged 32 jury trials final yr, down from 58 in 2019.
From mid-March via June 2020, North Dakota’s Supreme Court docket suspended jury trials as a result of pandemic. South Central jury trials had been additional suspended final fall to Jan. 1.
South Central District Presiding Decide Bruce Romanick mentioned the district has now caught up on its trial load, although some civil trials are behind since legal instances got precedence.