In a report to the City Council, Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison showed significant changes in how her office handles prosecutions. From 2017-2021, the City Attorney’s office took an average of 129 days to decide whether to prosecute a case. The decision time is now three days. The report also reveals that the City Attorney’s office is choosing to pursue a prosecution twice as often.
The City Attorney’s office had a backlog of about 5,000 cases when City Attorney Davison took office on January 1, 2022.