CLARION - The number of case filings at the four district courts in Clarion County fell from 2019 levels by a combined 25 percent in 2020.

In 2019, the total of criminal cases, non-traffic summary cases, traffic citations and local civil cases at the four district courts totaled 11,057.

In 2020, according to online records, that total case count fell to 8,256 a decrease of 2,801 or approximately 25 percent.

The number of traffic citations filed in Clarion County dropped by 2,301 in 2020, falling from 8,804 in 2019 to 6,503 in 2020 a 26 percent decrease.

The number of criminal cases (felony and misdemeanor) dropped by 162 in 2020, falling from 775 in 2019 to 613 in 2020 a 20 percent decrease.

The number of summary offenses also fell by 20 percent, dropping from 1,085 in 2019 to 865 in 2020, a decrease of 220 cases.

Civil cases those involving $12,000 or less decreased by 30 percent in 2020, dropping from a total of 393 cases in 2019 to 275 in 2020.

A closer look at each office's 2020 case counts includes:

District Court 18-3-01

Clarion-based District Court 18-3-01 includes Clarion Township and Clarion and Strattanville boroughs. Judge Duane Quinn presides.

The overall case count at Quinn's office dropped in 2020 to 2,188 from 2,741 in 2019 a total of 553 or about 20 percent.

Criminal case filings at Quinn's office dropped by 86 from 2019's total of 314 to 2020's tally of 228.

Non-traffic summary cases decreased by 147 from 405 in 2019 to 258 in 2020.

Traffic citations decreased by 280 cases from 2019's 1,915 cases to 1,635 in 2020.

Civil cases decreased from 107 in 2019 to 67 in 2020, a decrease of 40.

In 2010, Quinn's office handled 3,248 total cases, approximately 1,060 more cases than it did in 2020.

District Court 18-3-02

Marianne-based District Court 18-3-02 includes Washington, Farmington, Knox, Paint, Millcreek, Highland, and Monroe townships. Judge Timothy P. Schill presides.

Schill's office experienced the smallest drop off in case filings in 2020.

The overall case count at Schill's office dropped in 2020 to 2,478 from 2,773 in 2019 a total of 295 or about 10 percent.

Criminal case filings at Schill's office dropped by just eight from 2019's total of 176 to 2020's tally of 168.

Non-traffic summary cases decreased by just 17 from 191 in 2019 to 174 in 2020.

Traffic citations decreased by 242 cases from 2019's 2,326 cases to 2,084 in 2020.

Civil cases decreased from 80 in 2019 to 52 in 2020, a decrease of 28.

In 2010, Schill's office handled 2,838 total cases, approximately 360 more cases than it did in 2020.

District Court 18-3-03

Knox-based District Court 18-3-03 includes Ashland, Beaver, Elk, Richland and Salem townships and Foxburg, Knox, Shippenville and St. Petersburg boroughs. Judge Jarah Heeter presides.

Heeter's office experienced the largest drop off in case filings in 2020.

The overall case count at Heeter's office dropped in 2020 to 2,304 from 3,800 in 2019 a total of 1,496 or about 39 percent.

Criminal case filings at Heeter's office dropped by 22 from 2019's total of 102 to 2020's tally of 80.

Non-traffic summary cases decreased by three from 103 in 2019 to 100 in 2020.

Traffic citations decreased by 1,496 cases from 2019's 3,532 cases to 2,081 in 2020.

Civil cases decreased from 63 in 2019 to 43 in 2020, a decrease of 20.

In 2010, Heeter's office handled 3,084 total cases, approximately 780 more cases than it did in 2020.

District Court 18-3-04

New Bethlehem-based District Court 18-3-04 includes boroughs of Callensburg, East Brady, Hawthorn, New Bethlehem, Rimersburg and Sligo and the townships of Brady, Licking, Limestone, Madison, Perry Piney, Porter, Redbank and Toby. Judge Jeff Miller presides.

The overall case count at Miller's office dropped in 2020 to 1,286 from 1,743 in 2019 a total of 457 or about 26 percent.

Criminal case filings at Miller's office dropped by 46 from 2019's total of 183 to 2020's tally of 137.

Non-traffic summary cases decreased by 53 from 386 in 2019 to 333 in 2020.

Traffic citations decreased by 328 cases from 2019's 1,031 cases to 703 in 2020.

Civil cases decreased from 143 in 2019 to 113 in 2020, a decrease of 30.

In 2010, Miller's office handled 1,435 total cases, approximately 149 more cases than it did in 2020.

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