Courts and Lead Judges Selected for Project ONE Implementation

August 20, 2012

By Lorne Malkiewich

Project ONE (One family-one judge, No wrong door, Equal and coordinated access to justice) is an effort by the NCJFCJ to maximize judicial coordination of dependency, delinquency and family law matters, including those involving domestic violence. Through funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NCJFCJ will assist six courts in implementing the key principles of Project ONE, and will eventually establish other Project ONE courts. The first six Project ONE courts have been selected, and the Lead Judges began their work on the project at the 75th Annual Conference of NCJFCJ. The courts and Lead Judges are:

  • Jefferson County Family Court, Louisville, Kentucky; Honorable Joan Byer, Lead Judge
  • Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Honorable Marshall B. Murray, Lead Judge
  • North Okaloosa County Unified Family Court, Crestview, Florida; Honorable Terrance Ketchel, Lead Judge
  • Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, New Orleans, Louisiana; Honorable Ernestine S. Gray, Lead Judge
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Court (Pasco County), Dade City, Florida; Honorable Lynn Tepper, Lead Judge
  • Second Judicial District Court, Family Division (Washoe County), Reno, Nevada; Honorable Egan Walker, Lead Judge

The Board of Trustees of NCJFCJ approved the key principles that will guide Project ONE on July 14, 2012. Project ONE seeks to provide judges with guidance for supporting the needs of families and children no matter which jurisdictional “door” of the courthouse – family law, child welfare, family violence, juvenile justice, etc. – they enter. A Steering Committee of NCJFCJ member judges has been convened to lead the initiative with NCJFCJ staff. The Steering Committee and multi-disciplinary teams met with the Lead Judges on July 15, 2012 to discuss the project and the challenges facing each of the courts. 

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