January and February have been exciting months.
And the upcoming move of the Criminal Court and the feasibility planning for a Civil Court campus are among the top items of the list of exciting things.
Have you noticed the construction of the new criminal justice center at I-75 and Warren? It is estimated that the Court will take occupancy in early 2023. The project is significant; once completed, the complex will most likely be the home of the justice partners for the next 50 years. Careful thought and rich discussions of the future of justice guided the design of the courtrooms, security, jury services, and other details. This project was more than a discussion of brick and mortar.
Equally exciting is the new feasibility study of building a new civil complex. A new civil complex would house the Juvenile, Domestic Relations, and Civil Division, along with Court Administration divisions. This move would mean that juvenile matters would be held in a family-friendly clean environment. It also would allow the Court to have one judge assigned to hear a family's juvenile and domestic relations matter.
These projects are the collaborative work of the County Executive, County Commissioners, and the Court to help ensure the quality services for the citizens and a quality work environment for the employees of Wayne County. Together, we can do great and exciting things.
We hope you feel the excitement and will stay tuned to hear more about these projects in the upcoming months.
Friday, February 7th was American Heart Association (AHA) GO RED for Women. Connie Molinaro, Benita Cheatom, Shawn Perry, Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller, and Leslie Murphy all wore red to work to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and empower women and men to reduce their risk.
"Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented; cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman's greatest health threat." www.goredforwomen.org
The Juvenile Mental Health Court graduation program was held February 12. The ceremony honored eight graduates who successfully completed the program. Kevin Fischer, Executive Director of the Michigan Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, gave the keynote address. In addition, Justice Megan K. Cavanagh of the Michigan Supreme Court spoke to the graduates. The ceremony celebrated months of hard work by our young participants. The graduates received certificates and gift baskets, and participated in a dinner after the ceremony with their families, and the entire court staff who support the Juvenile Mental Health Court program.
Pictured in the photo from left to right are: Kevin Fischer, Executive Director of NAMI-Michigan; Deborah Nelson, Program Coordinator; Justice Megan K. Cavanagh; and Judge Edward J. Joseph, Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Mental Health Court Program.