10th Judicial Circuit recognized for productivity, efficiency
Published: Saturday, March 28, 2009
BARTOW, FL - The Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards Program has named Florida's 10th Judicial Circuit as an awards recipient in two categories.
The Polk County DUI Court received the Notable Team Award, which comes with a $500 cash award, and will be honored at a lunch in Tampa in June.
The Polk County DUI Court was recognized for its enhancement of public safety and was the first DUI Drug Court selected by the National Drug Court Institute to begin in Florida. It was started in December 2006 by Circuit Judge Randall G. McDonald, who was the Drug Court and DUI Court judge at the time.
The DUI Court is an intensive outpatient program serving multiple-time offenders and has an 86 percent success rate, according to a news release from the 10th Circuit. The court also has resulted in a significant savings to the taxpayers of Polk County.
"This program's success is a result of a partnership between community leaders and the courts to provide relief to the jail population and an intensive treatment program for multiple-DUI offenders," Drug Court Director Jim Hornsby said.
The certificate of commendation recognized the leadership of Polk County Judge Anne Kaylor and her judicial assistant, Gail Sanders, for an electronic listserv that was established for the circuit. The listserv enables instant messaging to be distributed to 10th Circuit bar members who have registered their e-mail addresses with court administration.
Announcements, meeting notices, administrative orders and other pertinent documents are disseminated to the bar as soon as they are processed. According to the news release, this has resulted in cost savings for the state of Florida and more efficiency for the circuit and the bar.