Faced with a backlog, the 74th District Court in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan began looking for a way to improve access to justice and court efficiency. Traffic, failure to appear, and failure to pay fines are cases that don’t necessarily need to be heard in court, yet are the most common cases that judges hear.
In late 2014, the court began offering Matterhorn as an alternative to resolving these minor violations, which cost the courts and defendants unnecessary time and money. Matterhorn’s online platform enables defendants, police, prosecutors and judges to conveniently work together towards resolving a traffic ticket or warrant.
“Matterhorn’s online platform has improved what was an inefficient process that was leading to a backlog of cases in the courtroom and a general sense of dissatisfaction with the courts in the community,” said 74th District Court Judge Dawn Klida.
“It’s incredible that it now takes less than a week to request a review of a traffic violation and to receive a ruling. We’re excited that we have also been able to resolve a number of outstanding warrants with the online case review system.”
Matterhorn walks individuals through a series of qualifying questions that determines whether they are eligible to resolve their violation online. For traffic violations, a defendant submits their position, which is first reviewed by staff at the Bay County Prosecutor’s Office. From there, a judge determines next steps, including assessing fines that a defendant can pay online […]