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Office of Communications and Public Affairs

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Annapolis, Maryland 21401

For Immediate Release CONTACT:

Angelita Plemmer
Terri Bolling
(410) 260-1488

Media Advisory
Cecil County Circuit Court Offers a “Day in the Life” View of a Problem-Solving Court

(ELKTON, Md. – Dec. 7, 2011) On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Cecil County Circuit Court is inviting state and local elected officials, business and community leaders, and members of the media to observe a problem-solving court in action and discuss the program’s role in the community.

Problem-solving courts respond to the underlying problems that bring certain people into court – drug or alcohol addiction, mental illness, and/or family or personal issues. Cecil County Circuit Court’s rigorous drug treatment court combines ongoing judicial oversight with intensive treatment and supervision. Participation is voluntary. The program identifies appropriate participants and places them under ongoing judicial monitoring, drug and/or alcohol testing, and community supervision in combination with long-term treatment services. National research shows drug courts are successful and cost effective for dealing with drug-addicted offenders in the criminal justice system.

WHAT: Cecil County Circuit Court’s “Judicial Ride-Along” for its Adult Drug Treatment Court
WHO: Judge Keith A. Baynes, drug court judge, and Judge V. Michael Whelan, administrative judge

Tuesday, Dec. 13
11-11:45 a.m. -- Meet with judges and drug court coordinator for overview and general discussion about the program, as well as a description of the types of cases that will be observed.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Lunch (RSVP required)

12:15-1:30 p.m. – Observe drug court team meeting

2-3:30 p.m. – Observe drug court session

WHERE: Cecil County Circuit Courthouse
Hearing Room 1, 1st Floor
129 E. Main St.
Elkton, Md.  21921
CONTACT: Call the Judiciary’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, or the Cecil County drug court coordinator, 410-996-1025, for more information and to RSVP
NOTE:  Cameras and other electronic recording devices are not allowed


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