Although the U.S. constitution guarantees a "speedy" trial to thos accused of crimes, the wheels of justice turn at different speeds in U.S. district courts.

Average numbers of months between filing of charges and completion of jury trial

Northern Alabama 2.7

New Mexico 4.3

Idaho 5.0

Utah 5.1

Arizona 5.7

Montana 6.1

Colorado 7.3

Nevada 8.8

Eastern Calif. 10.9

(slowest in U.S.)

Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, 1988