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Chief Judge Announces New Division

Friday, May 8, 2020  
Posted by: Robert Rupp
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Chief Judge Daniel Guerin issued an Administrative Order on May 8 establishing the new Specialty and Juvenile Courts Division.  The Circuit Court Judges approved the formation of this division in order to better supervise, organize, and implement necessary practices and procedures to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of these court calls.


These court calls share numerous similarities in outlook, structure, use of evidence-based practices, coordination with multiple stakeholders, and goals emphasizing rehabilitation and restorative justice principles. Therefore,  rather than the calls being assigned to three different divisions and presiding judges, they will now be assigned to one division supervised by one presiding judge.  While this change will not effect how case filings are assigned or the physical location of the courtrooms, it will allow for more direct and improved communication regarding the daily operations of the calls and for implementing future plans and objectives.


Based on her prior experience with these types of court calls as an assistant state’s attorney, presiding judge of the Misdemeanor & Traffic Division, Circuit Judge, and the presiding judge of the Family Violence Coordinating Council, Circuit Judge Ann Celine O. Walsh is named the presiding judge of the Specialty and Juvenile Courts Division.  Also, she is appointed to the Executive Committee of the 18th Judicial Circuit.


Read the full order 20-21 here.

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