From The Lyndhurst Municipal Court
Released: 5/17/2010
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In May of 2000, Judge Mary Kaye Bozza officially established a Court Special Projects Fund. This fund, as per Ohio Revised Code, can be used for several purposes including, but not limited to building and renovation purposes. After nine years of funding this special account, the Court is pleased to announce the renovation of the lower level of Lyndhurst City Hall into a second Courtroom and Court offices. The Court began planning the Annex Project in 2009. Renovation started on January 2, 2010. We are pleased with the demolition and construction phases. Judge Bozza's bench and the jury box have been built. The inner offices, probation department and the Courtroom are taking shape. Unlike the original Council Chambers/Courtroom, the Court Annex is built to accommodate jury trials that are scheduled throughout the year. The Court Annex will also be equipped to accommodate special hearings for our six communities such as, daily pre-trials and trials, Friday Civil Dockets and the Monday through Thursday Special Docket sessions. Additionally, the Annex will provide suitable office space for our probation department and an ancillary clerk's office. We look forward to its completion in June. The existing Court space and Courtroom on the second floor of City Hall will continue to house Court operations.
 
For the commencement of new terms, Judge Bozza proudly participated in the swearing-in ceremonies for Highland Heights Councilmen Leo Lombardo and Frank Legan; Mayfield Heights Councilwoman Diane Snider and Richmond Heights Councilpersons Miesha Wilson-Headen, Donald O'Toole, David Roche and Mayor Daniel Ursu.
 
Judge Bozza continues to participate in her outreach programs educating the communities and reaching out to the local schools. Recently, she addressed the members of AAUW which led to a field trip of young high school students being mentored by the Sister to Sister Program of Orange High School. Judge Bozza is mentoring a newly licensed lawyer, Jerid Kurtz, as a part of the Supreme Court's New Lawyer mentoring program. She will meet with Jerid throughout the year evidencing Judge Bozza's commitment to Professionalism. This is the 3rd year Judge Bozza has participated in this mentoring opportunity.
 
CEVEC students in Highland Heights have visited the Court for field trips during the month of March, and Judge Bozza participated in D.A.R.E. graduations for Millridge Elementary School, Mayfield Middle School, St. Paschal's and Richmond Heights Elementary School. Also in March, she addressed the 8th graders at Mayfield High School regarding careers in law. Judge Bozza also spoke to the senior AARP members at the Ross DeJohn Community Center about safety and the law.
 
Judge Bozza recently has joined a coalition group against drugs and alcohol initiated by Chris Fleck at Mayfield High School. She continues to educate the community with regard to the consequences of drugs and/or alcohol in her Make the Right Choice Programs. The next men's audience group is on June 4, 2010. Judge Bozza anticipates many young teenagers who were caught underage drinking at house parties will be attending as part of juvenile diversion programs in the jurisdiction. The next women's audience will be held on August 13, 2010.
 
For information regarding field trips, senior projects, visits to court or Community Outreach Programs please call Patti at (440) 461-6500 extension 205 or go to our website at www.lyndhurstmunicipalcourt.org.


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The City of Lyndhurst, Ohio @ www.lyndhurst-oh.com

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