Party patrol tickets are creating a back-log in Lubbock's Municipal Court. As we told you two months ago, the Lubbock Police Department Party Patrol has been cracking down on underage drinking and they have issued more than four times the number of tickets written this time last year. NewsChannel 11 found out, it could mean months before a case actually goes to trial.
This is where those caught drinking underage by Lubbock Police end up, Municipal Court. And over the past few months alcohol arraignments here have been inundated with college kids.
Judge Robert Doty said, "Usually I do about six hours a day with eight slots. That's what we used to do. Now we're doing eight hours a day and about nine to 10 slots each hour.
Judge Doty presides over the court. He says the December docket is just as full as November.
"The December docket had roughly 150 to 200 MIP, MIC and Noise Ordinance violations on it," Doty added.
From August to October Lubbock Police wrote 1150 Minor In Possession and Minor In Consumption tickets. During the same time last year only 237 tickets were written.
Judge Doty said, he's not seen his court this busy for eight to nine years.
The Municipal Court docket has several alcohol and noise violations on it, many dating back to August. But because the city is looking into each case, some may not make it to court until this Spring.
Lubbock City Attorney Anita Burgess said, "We are in the process of looking at these cases as we do in all cases file in multiple court. To make a determination on each case as to how that case will be handled."
"So they're delayed in getting these cases looked at any ready for trial so it has delayed us as far as getting them on the trial docket and to trial," Judge Doty said.
An increase in municipal court which could mean cases take 90 to 120 days to move through the court, instead of 60.
Some of the drinking tickets have been resolved. But Doty said many are still on his docket and he expects next month's to be just as busy.
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