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Cleveland Human Trafficking Docket Recertified by the Supreme Court of Ohio

May 26, 2017
(Cleveland) – The Human Trafficking Docket of the Cleveland Municipal Court has been recertified by the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.
Contact:  Ed Ferenc, Public Information Officer                                   
Cleveland Municipal Court
216 664 6787 / 216 789 2597
ference@cmcoh.org     www.cmcoh.org

(Cleveland) – The Human Trafficking Docket of the Cleveland Municipal Court has been recertified by the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

In order to maintain certification, the court operating the docket must recomplete the process every three years or within six months after a change of the judges assigned to the session and also notify the Supreme Court of Ohio of any changes in procedures or treatment providers used.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the court and Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy on the process.

“Specialized dockets divert offenders toward criminal justice initiatives that employ tools and tailored services to treat and rehabilitate the offender so they can become productive members of society,” said Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “Studies have shown this approach works by reducing recidivism while saving tax dollars.” 

Specialized dockets are courts that are dedicated to specific types of offenses or offenders and use a combination of different techniques for holding offenders accountable while also addressing the underlying causes of their behavior. There are more than 210 specialized dockets in Ohio courts that deal with issues such as drugs and alcohol, mental health, domestic violence and human trafficking. The standards provide a minimum level of uniform practices for specialized dockets throughout Ohio, and allow local courts to innovate and tailor to meet their community’s needs and resources.

Click here to view "How Local Courts are Handling Human Trafficking" from wkyc.com.

“We are certainly gratified that those at The Supreme Court of Ohio have recognized the work we have done and the impact that the team has made in the past two years.  We work diligently to learn and incorporate the highest of standards and best practices in order to help our participants regain control of the lives,” said Judge Cassidy.

The certification requirements include establishing eligibility requirements, evaluating effectiveness of the specialized docket, and assembling a treatment team for implementing daily operations of the specialized docket. The team can include licensed treatment providers, law enforcement, court personnel, and is headed by the specialized docket judge.

The Commission on Specialized Dockets has 22 members who advise the Supreme Court and its staff regarding the promotion of statewide rules and uniform standards concerning specialized dockets in Ohio courts; the development and delivery of specialized docket services to Ohio courts; and the creation of training programs for judges and court personnel. The commission makes all decisions regarding final certification.

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