Recipe for a backlog: 10,557 adult arrests in 2022, and 35 criminal court trials

Shelby County court trials far below pre-pandemic numbers

By , Daily Memphian Updated: January 14, 2023 12:01 PM CT | Published: January 09, 2023 4:00 AM CT

While hundreds of inmates sat in jail for more than 500 days awaiting their day in court, and victims longed for closure, the Shelby County Criminal Court held a total of 35 trials in 2022.


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Julia Baker

Julia Baker

Julia Baker covers Memphis and Shelby County’s law enforcement agencies and is a member of The Daily Memphian’s public safety reporting team. A lifelong Memphian, Julia graduated from the University of Memphis in 2021. Other publications and organizations she has written for include Chalkbeat, Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent magazine and Memphis magazine.


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