Kettering Municipal Court Statistics Show Drop In Cases
The Kettering Municipal Court appears to have experienced a significant reduction in the number of cases it is handling. According to statistics HERE, the number of cases heard has dropped from 17,369 in 2013 to 15,819 in 2014. But that does not tell the whole story.
Despite the drop in total number of cases, criminal cases are up. The court dealt with 2,707 criminal cases in 2013 and saw that number rise to 2,876 in 2014. Similarly, civil/small claims filing rose from 1,219 to 1,364. The drop looks to be a reduced traffic docket. Traffic cases dropped from 13,443 in 2013 to 11,579 in 2014.
Compared to many local municipal courts this is bucking a trend. As the economy has improved, many jurisdictions have been able to hire/re-hire law enforcement officers. The increased officers means more patrols which leads to more cases.
Kettering Municipal Court serves a population of approximately 117,000 and has jurisdiction over Washington Township and the Cities of Centerville, Kettering and Moraine.