May 19, 2014: District Attorney Seth Williams is pleased to announce the creation of a new Traffic Court Unit in the office, which will be responsible for prosecuting all traffic and motor vehicle related cases in Philadelphia. This new Unit will be part of the District Attorney’s Pre-Trial Division.
The new Traffic Court Unit will handle over 500 citations a day that will be heard by five Hearing Officers. Two Municipal Court Judges will be responsible for another 150 plus cases a day. To handle this volume, the Traffic Court Unit will be comprised of four Assistant District Attorneys and ten paralegals who will be responsible for handling everything from a typical speeding infraction to complex vehicle registration and titling fraud cases.
The unit was created as a result of a restructuring of the city’s Traffic Court when it was brought under the supervision of the First Judicial District’s Municipal Court in June 2013.
“My office has been working with the First Judicial District to develop a plan that efficiently, and most importantly, fairly handles these cases,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “Under the leadership of the Honorable Judge Gary Glazer, acting as the Supreme Court’s Administrative Judge, the Traffic Court Division has made great strides in the past year. We look forward to partnering with the First Judicial District in continuing to ensure that all defendants are treated justly and equally.”
The District Attorney’s Office will also continue to work with the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, Amtrak, PennDOT, Fuel Tax, Philadelphia Housing Police, Public Utilities Commission, Septa, State Park Rangers and Bridge Police to prosecute the citations they issue. “This is a unique and great opportunity to restore the public’s confidence in our Traffic Court system,” continued the District Attorney.
The District Attorney’s Office Traffic Court Unit will begin staffing hearings before the Municipal Court Traffic Division this summer. Traffic hearings will continue to be heard at 800 Spring Garden Street. ADA Robert Daisey is the Chief of this new unit.