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NEWORLEANS- Acourt watchdog group says that case delays in Orleans Criminal District Court continued at record high rates even though the number of cases fell dramatically from 2011 to 2012.

Court Watch NOLA said that 63 percent of the cases brought before the Criminal District Court judges were continued to a later date - the same percentage that had been delayed in 2011.

According to a news release from Court Watch, the group had hoped for improved results as the number of cases presented to the judges dropped by close to 3,000 (7,035 to 4,195, according to the group).

'Unfortunately the rate of delays remains at a record high in Criminal District Court...'said the news release. 'This means that when a Court Watch NOLA volunteer went to observe a scheduled hearing last year, it was continued - delayed - almost two-thirds of the time.'

According to Court Watch, 70 percent of the first time trial seetings were continued in the second half of 2012, and the same was true for almost 80 percent of first time motions settings.

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