Fewer jury trials: $100,000 saved

Fewer jury trials: $100,000 saved

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima County saved almost $100,000 last year by cutting the number of jury trials. They've been dropping over the last few years.

Court administrators credit the success to a partnership among prosecutors, public defenders and clerks to move cases through the system. That includes more plea deals.

"What we saw happening last year was a lot more deals being made between prosecutor and public defender," said Yakima County Court Administrator Harold Delia. "Still held the defendant accountable, but saved the county huge amounts of money."

There were about 140 jury trials in 2009. They dropped to less than a hundred last year.