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Three from the Second Judicial Circuit Selected to Serve on State Judicial Task Force

The Second Judicial Circuit is proud to recognize the appointment of Hamilton County States Attorney Justin Hood, Public Defender for Hamilton and Gallatin Counties, Nathan Rowland, and Second Circuit Chief Judge Melissa Morgan to a newly created 2023 Illinois Judicial Conference Task Force.

Official Court Reporter, Katie Schroeder Honored for Distinguished Career

The Second Judicial Circuit is proud to recognize former Official Court Reporter, Katie Schroeder for her distinguished career spanning 26 years of service to the Second Judicial Circuit. Reporter Schroeder officially retired at the end of 2022, serving her last day in Court on December 30. She was recently honored for her dedication and commitment to the administration of justice throughout the Second Circuit.

Second Judicial Circuit Welcomes Newly Elected Lawrence County Resident Judge

The Second Judicial Circuit is pleased to announce Michael M. Strange has been sworn in as the Resident Circuit Judge of Lawrence County. Judge Strange was elected in the November general election to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of the Honorable Robert Hopkins following his 30 years of service on the bench. The official swearing-in ceremony took place Monday morning in the Lawrence County Courthouse where Judge Strange was surrounded by family, friends, and other members of the judiciary.

-Second Judicial Circuit Makes School Supply Donation to Egyptian Health Department

The Second Judicial Circuit recently participated in a statewide initiative sponsored by the Illinois Judges Association and the Conference of Chief Judges to help local schools, students, and community organizations prepare for success in the 2022-23 school year by donating school supplies to students throughout the Circuit. 

-Second Judicial Circuit Donates School Supplies to SWAN

The Second Judicial Circuit recently participated in a statewide initiative sponsored by the Illinois Judges Association and the Conference of Chief Judges to help local schools, students, and community organizations prepare for success in the 2022-23 school year by donating school supplies to students throughout the Circuit. 

-Wabash County Court Awarded Over $64,000 for Technology Upgrades

Wabash County Circuit Court has been awarded a technology grant totaling $64,053.88 from the Technology Modernization Funding Program offered by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. Wabash County Resident Judge William Hudson and Circuit Clerk Angela Crum sought the funding made available to county courts throughout Illinois by obtaining bids for equipment upgrades and drafting the grant proposal.

-Gallatin County Court Awarded Over $57,000 for Technology Upgrades

Gallatin County Circuit Court has been awarded a technology grant totaling $57,842.90 from the Technology Modernization Funding Program offered by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. Gallatin County Resident Judge Thomas Foster and Circuit Clerk Brittney Capeheart sought the funding made available to county courts throughout Illinois by obtaining bids for equipment upgrades and drafting the grant proposal.

-Franklin County Probation Officer Honored

Second Circuit Chief Judge, Melissa A. Morgan is proud to recognize former Franklin County Probation Officer, Matthew Davis for his distinguished career as an Adult Probation Officer with the Second Judicial Circuit. Officer Davis was recently honored in a ceremony at the Franklin County Courthouse for his 22 years of service to the Circuit.

-Second Judicial Circuit Probation Officer, Cindy Myers Honored for Distinguished Career

Second Circuit Chief Judge, Melissa A. Morgan is proud to recognize Jefferson County Probation Officer, Cindy Myers for her distinguished career as an Adult Probation Officer with the Second Judicial Circuit. Officer Myers was honored Tuesday, July 5, in Court for her dedication and commitment to the courts in a career that spanned 29 years.

Cindy Myers began her employment with the Second Circuit on May 16, 1993.  Although she initially worked in Franklin County, Ms. Myers accepted a transfer to Jefferson County where she has worked as an Adult Probation Officer. 

-Hardin County Circuit Court Awarded Over $119,000.00 in Technology Grant Funding

Hardin County Circuit Court has been awarded a technology grant totaling $119,414.35 from the Technology Modernization Funding Program offered by the
Illinois Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.  Hardin County Resident Judge Tara Wallace and Circuit Clerk Nancy Pennell sought the funding made available to county courts throughout Illinois by securing bids for technology and equipment upgrades and drafting the grant proposal.

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