The New York state court system has brokered a settlement with a group of plaintiffs who brought a federal suit over extensive delays in the Bronx misdemeanor courts, in which the plaintiffs agreed to back off on litigation but keep the courts on notice to ensure that delays continue to decrease.

In 2016, The Bronx Defenders filed a proposed class action suit against the court system on behalf of a group of defendants who were charged with low-level offenses who said the sluggish pace of their cases through the Bronx courts, which in recent years has been cast as the poster child for court dysfunction, were violating their speedy-trial rights.

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