Study Makes Recommendations for Streamlined Court Scheduling System

Potential annual savings of over $7 million were identified by a study on Philadelphia’s police-court overtime costs, commissioned by the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (“PICA”), the City’s fiscal watchdog. The focus of the project was to identify areas for process improvement, streamlined collaboration and increased communication between agencies in an attempt to better manage court appearance-related overtime costs.

The study disclosed primary causes that contribute to excess police-court overtime due to the current inefficient system. It also made several recommendations aimed at more efficient management of police-court overtime. They include leveraging technology to reduce and manage court overtime; providing proactive oversight and enhancing internal controls; and focusing on avoidable overtime costs.

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To view the accompanying press release, click here.