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The Office of the District Attorney established the Trial Attorney Partnership (TAP) in June 2003 to provide experienced attorneys the opportunity to prosecute crimes on a volunteer basis.
"I started the OCDA TAP program in 2003 to meet the challenge of budget cuts and increased caseloads," stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. "In addition, our TAP attorneys have reduced burdens on taxpayers, expedited justice for victims, and made Orange County a safer place to live." In November 2010, theCalifornia State Association of Counties honored OCDA TAP with the "California Counties Innovation Award."
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Since its inception in 2003, TAP prosecutors have contributed almost $3.8 million in services to the County and have increased the OCDA’s ability to better protect the public. As of December 2013, TAP attorneys have conducted 228 jury trials; 32 court trials; 1330 preliminary hearings; 507 motions, and many other court hearings
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