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For Immediate Release CONTACT:

Angelita Plemmer angelita.plemmer@mdcourts.gov
Terri Bolling terri.bolling@mdcourts.gov
(410) 260-1488


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

(ROCKVILLE, Md. – Oct. 25, 2011) On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Montgomery County Circuit Court is inviting state and local elected officials, business and community leaders, and members of the media to see 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. Montgomery County Circuit Court’s rigorous drug treatment court combines ongoing judicial oversight with intensive treatment and supervision. Participation is voluntary. The program identifies appropriate persons 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:

Montgomery County Circuit Court’s “Judicial Ride-Along” for its adult drug treatment court

   
WHO:

Judge Nelson W. Rupp, Jr., Judge Joseph M. Quirk

   
WHEN:

Thursday, Oct. 27
2:30 p.m. Meet with judges for an overview and general discussion about the program, as well as a description of the types of cases that will be observed
4 p.m. Sit in on a drug court team meeting
5 p.m. Sit in on a drug court session

   
WHERE:

Montgomery County Circuit Court
Judicial Center
50 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, Md. 20850

   
CONTACT:

Call the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410, 260-1488, to attend.
Note: Cameras and other electronic/recording devices are not allowed.

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