Posted on Dec 1, 2019

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EARLY DISPOSITION COURT

What is Early Disposition Court (EDC)?

Early Disposition Court, or EDC, is a court hearing designed to bring criminal cases to resolution with the fewest possible court appearances. The goal is to make the criminal justice system more efficient by providing a quick disposition to the case while still protecting the rights of all parties involved. In Maricopa County, cases filed in EDC involve victimless charges of possession of illegal drugs for personal use and/or paraphernalia. With these cases many defendants are ordered to participate in substance abuse treatment programs in lieu of prosecution.

How Does it work?

After the Initial Appearance (the first hearing after an arrest), the County Attorney decides if a case should go to EDC. If the case meets the criteria for EDC, a hearing is set for an EDC session. At that EDC session, the defendant is arraigned, and a plea agreement is offered by the County Attorney. If the defendant accepts the plea agreement, sentencing will occur that day or another EDC session. If the defendant does not accept the offered plea agreement, there are two options. More time is allowed to reach a plea agreement by the next EDC session; or the case is set for a traditional court session.

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