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Oct. 23, 2009
Chief Justice Moyer Welcomes New Advisory Committee on Specialized Dockets

A 15-member advisory body charged with advancing the success of Ohio’s specialized dockets programs met for the first time today at the Ohio Judicial Center.

Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer announced the creation of the advisory committee at the Ohio Judicial Conference annual meeting on Sept. 17 during his annual State of the Judiciary address.

Chief Justice Moyer noted that the Supreme Court Specialized Docket Section offers technical assistance to courts and conducts training for key personnel and stakeholders involved with the specialized docket programs at no cost to the local community. He said the advisory committee would provide additional guidance to the Court on these issues and be charged with developing standards, performance measures, and training requirements for specialized dockets in Ohio.

Chief Justice Moyer also spoke about the growth of specialized dockets in Ohio. “From the inception of the first drug court in Hamilton County in 1995, the use of specialized dockets in Ohio has been broadened, to address such issues as mental illness, domestic violence and re-entry courts,” he said. “Today, 129 specialized dockets are used by courts ranging from common pleas, juvenile, municipal and county courts.”

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Sage will serve as chair of the committee and Steubenville Municipal Court Judge Daniel Spahn will serve as vice chair. For the past 10 years, Judge Sage has administered a Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Docket that addresses felony-level offenders with a primary diagnosis of both a severe mental health disorder and drug dependency. For the past four years, Judge Spahn has administered a drug court docket that addresses misdemeanor-level offenders with substance abuse-related offenses.

Seven other judges and other court personnel – all of whom work in a specialized docket court – also serve on the committee. Committee members were selected based on a diversity of different specialties, court levels and geographic regions.

Learn more about specialized dockets and the advisory committee.

Editor’s note: The following is a list of advisory committee members.

Judge Michael Sage, chair Butler County SAMI Common Pleas Court
Judge Daniel Spahn, vice chair Steubenville Municipal Drug Court
Judge Kim Burke Hamilton County Common Pleas Drug Court
Judge Glenn Derryberry Allen County Juvenile Drug Court
Judge James Shriver Clermont County Municipal OVI Court
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer Summit County Common Pleas Reentry Court
Judge Kristen Sweeney Cuyahoga County Juvenile Mental Health Court
Judge Annalisa Williams Akron Municipal Mental Health Court
Judge Steven Williams Fairfield County Family Drug Court
Kirstin Fullen, prosecutor Hamilton County Common Pleas Drug Court
Marie Lane, public defender Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court
Scott Fulton, adult probation officer Licking County Municipal Mental Health Court
Dawn Lucey, juvenile probation officer Lorain County Juvenile Drug Court
Rob Menke, program coordinator Butler County Common Pleas Court