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(a) The Standards on Speedy Trial and Timely Resolution of Criminal Cases have three main purposes: (1) to effectuate the right of the accused to a speedy trial; (2) to further the interests of the public, including victims and witnesses, in the fair, accurate, and timely resolution of criminal cases; and (3) to ensure the effective utilization of resources.(b) These standards should be read in conjunction with other ABA Standards of Criminal Justice, and with recognition that fairness and accuracy are essential components of the criminal justice process.
The standards are not intended to emphasize speedy disposition of cases to the detriment of the interests of the parties and the public, including victims and witnesses, in the fair, accurate and timely resolution of cases.
This interest should be recognized through formal adoption of policies and standards that are designed to achieve timely disposition of criminal cases regardless of whether the defendant demands a speedy trial.The establishment of such goals should not create any rights for defendants or others.(a) Each jurisdiction should establish procedures to monitor the performance of the system (and of each of the organizational entities that have responsibility for particular aspects of case processing) in relation to the goals for timely case resolution.Feedback should be provided to the leaders of the courts, the prosecutor’s office, the defense bar, law enforcement agencies, other criminal justice agencies, and general government.(b) Information about the performance of the system in relation to the goals for timely case resolution should be made available to the public on a regular basis.In the event that a determination of complexity is made, the judge should establish a revised time limit and should state on the record the reasons for extending the time.A motion to extend the speedy trial time limit because of the complexity of the case should be made as soon as practicable.
The time limits should be expressed in days or months.(b) The presumptive speedy trial time limit for persons held in pretrial detention should be  days from the date of the defendant’s first appearance in court after the filing of a charging instrument.