Washtenaw County Circuit Court

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9:47 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Judge Donald Shelton Leaving Bench To Run Program At University of Michigan

Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Donald E. Shelton
Credit Donald E Shelton

  Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Donald Shelton announced yesterday he will be stepping down from the bench as of September 1. The University of Michigan - Dearborn has appointed Shelton Director of the Criminal Justice Program.

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3:16 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Washtenaw County Trying 'Peacemaking Court'

Credit Morgue File

The Washtenaw County Circuit Court is getting some state funding to try a new - or actually very old - brand of justice.  

State grants will help create a "peacemaking court", which uses Native American principles to help resolve disputes. 

Circuit Court Judge Tim Connors says it gives the court more options, with an emphasis on the importance of admitting wrongdoing and apologizing for it.

"Peacemaking courts" will find everyone involved in the process working together to make things right and re-integrate offenders into the community. 

They'll follow what they call the three R's: respect, responsibility, relationships and re-direction. 

If successful, "peacemaking courts" could be expanded to other jurisdictions.