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The MORROW COUNTY JUVENILE DRUG COURT of the MORROW COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT, has earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

In order to receive the certification, the local court had to submit an application, undergo a site visit, and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards that went in to effect in January 2014.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the MORROW COUNTY JUVENILE DRUG COURT and Judge’s Howard E. Hall and Robert C. Hickson for receiving final certification.

“Specialized dockets have proven effective at addressing persistent criminal behaviors,” said Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “Specialized dockets result in significantly lower recidivism rates which means offenders become productive members of society, for which we all benefit.”

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.

The Morrow County Specialized Docket handles adults and juveniles with drug and alcohol issues. “Juvenile drug court docket is very intensive probation, to assist the juvenile of holding them accountable and giving them the tools to work with their addiction to be a productive citizen to our community, to try to ensure them a sober and crime free life style as an adult,” Renee Watts, Morrow County Drug Court Probation.

“We are ensuring that our youth will be served as they work through the issues in their lives caused by drugs and alcohol abuse,” Ana Aebi, Morrow County Juvenile Drug Court Magistrate.

The new 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.

Recommended practices outlined in the certification process 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 includes licensed treatment providers, law enforcement, court personnel, and is headed by the specialized docket judge.

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