In less than a week, Riverside County Superior Court Judges have dismissed three separate felony child sexual assault cases, including one where a conviction would result in a possible life sentence.
Over the past ten weeks, Riverside County Superior Court judges have dismissed more than 1,000 criminal court cases.
In October, the court stated that 2,800 pending cases were set for trial. As of Dec. 16, there are about 2,200 backlogged cases and Superior Court judges have dismissed 1,098 criminal matters.
A vendor used by the Riverside County Superior Court failed to summon jurors, resulting in a sexual battery case being dismissed.
Riverside County Superior Court judges have dismissed more than 600 criminal court cases since Oct. 10, 2022. More than half of those cases were dismissed by judges in the Larson Justice Center in Indio.
Over the past four weeks, Riverside County Superior Court judges has dismissed more than 500 criminal court cases.
These cases are both misdemeanor and felony cases and include nearly all crime types. Approximately 50 felony cases have been dismissed thus far. Felony cases dismissed included charges such as attempted murder, assault, stalking, arson, vandalism, and a hate crime. Most of the dismissals are domestic violence or driving under the influence cases. Many of the dismissed cases include a victim of crime.