Early Resolution Court

The Early Resolution Court involves the early resolution of nonviolent felony cases.  The client is given an offer that is extended by the State Attorney’s Office on the first ERC court date.  The majority of cases resolved on the Early Resolution Court deal with controlled substances, grand theft, felony traffic offenses and burglaries to structures or vehicles.

The client’s attorney enters into negotiations with the State Attorney’s Office in order to reach a favorable resolution for the client.  Clients may enter a plea of guilty or no contest on the Early Intervention docket and the clients usually choose whether they want state probation or a jail sentence. Other clients on the docket with a limited criminal history are offered Pre Trial Diversion or Pre Trial Intervention.  Clients who participate in the Pre Trial Diversion or Pre Trial Intervention programs are supervised by the Department of Corrections, pay fees, and attend counseling or classes.  Pre Trial Diversion and Pre Trial Intervention are very similar to State Probation, but if a client successfully completes the Pre Trial Diversion or Pre Trial Intervention program, the State Attorney’s Office drops the charge(s) against the client. Other clients on the Early Resolution Court are referred to Felony Drug Court or Mental Health Court in order to address these clients’ needs. 

Cases that are not resolved on the ERC docket are placed on a felony trial docket where a client may exercise his or her right to a jury trial.