Twenty-eight Eighth Judicial District specialty court participants have completed their treatment successfully and will graduate on Friday, March 9 at 3 p.m. in the Jury Service Room on the third floor of the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave. The graduates will be individually recognized by their presiding judge with a certificate of completion, a special reminder token and cake. One veterans court graduate will receive a Quilt of Valor, specially made by the Quilts of Valor non-profit organization.

“I look forward to celebrating the graduates successful completion of their rigorous treatment,” said Judge Linda Marie Bell, who preside over several specialty court programs. “These graduations are an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates and convey the importance of their achievements as the move onto a lifetime of recovery.”

Specialty courts, solve issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, Parole and Probation, law enforcement and mental health/social service/treatment professionals. All work together to help participants recover, live crime-free and become productive citizens.

“Our graduates have come a long way. It’s rewarding to see their transformation and celebrate as they re-join their loved ones and community. They are now able to function, accomplish goals and live productive lives,” said Judge Carolyn Ellsworth, who presides over the drug court.