The first time graduates were presented with a certificate of completion and had their cases dismissed by the Hollywood City Prosecutor.
Nova Southeastern University and the NSU Trial Association at the Shepard Broad College of Law held their Fifth Annual Trial Advocacy Summer Institute (TASI) on August 9, 2019, with sixty four law students participating. Leading up to the final trials on Friday, several local trial attorneys and Judge Diaz taught trial skills to the students throughout the week. During final trials, close to 100 local attorneys served as jurors and ten county and circuit court judges presided.
The Seventeenth Circuit’s 97th felony drug court graduation ceremony was held on July 25, 2019. We celebrated 206 participants who successfully completed the program!
Since its inception, drug court has helped thousands of people in the court system overcome their addictions. The ceremony was hosted by Drug Court Judges MicheleTowbin-Singer and Ari Porth and Magistrate Philip Schlissel, as well as their staff.
Eleven young ladies from Girl Scout Troop 10115 visited the central courthouse last week, to take a tour, observe court, and have one-on-one time with a judge. Clerk of Courts Brenda Forman greeted the group with an overview of the role her office plays in the court system. After touring various courtrooms, and the jury room, the group went to Judge Tim Bailey’s courtroom for a hearing and to talk with the judge. The 5th grade scouts were there to learn about the government, in general, and the 8th grade scouts were there to earn their mediation badges.
Today, August 13, marks the first docket of the circuit’s new specialized court program, RISE, which stands for Restoring Independence, Strength and Empowerment. This specialized sub-division within the juvenile dependency and delinquency divisions will address the unique and special needs of children known or suspected of being a victim of human trafficking.
Last month, a kick-off event was held in the central courthouse, to answer questions from the public and participating agencies. With the support of many organizations, and the community, RISE Court will help our most vulnerable and exploited youth.