I just wanted to thank you for everything. You really helped me. I would have never gotten my GED if it weren’t for being on probation for almost 2 ½ years and for you. I really respect you. Thanks again.
Judge MacKenzie: Supporting His Community
10 Reasons to Re-Elect Judge Brian MacKenzie
10. Judge MacKenzie is one of the most distinguished public servants in the State of Michigan.
9. Judge MacKenzie started one of the first Veteran’s Treatment Courts in the country.
8. Judge MacKenzie has been nationally recognized for his innovative programs.
7. Bipartisan leaders from around the State of Michigan have thrown their support behind Judge MacKenzie.
6. Judge MacKenzie introduced one of Michigan’s first Sobriety Court programs which has since been successfully modeled in more than 40 courts throughout the state!
5. As a loving husband, father, and grandfather, Judge MacKenzie understands the importance of family involvement in the lives of Defendants before his court.
4. Judge MacKenzie actually wrote the book about Michigan Criminal Procedure.
3. As President-elect of the American Judges Association, Judge MacKenzie is on the front line of cutting edge judicial practices.
2. Judge MacKenzie isn’t afraid to fight for fair and balanced laws and legal procedures for all people, even if it means upsetting the status quo.
1. Since 1988, Brian MacKenzie has been an impartial and balanced jurist who is tirelessly working to make the 52-1 District Court better for the communities it serves.
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Judge MacKenzie has created many programs to make your community safer, and to help defendants improve their lives.
- Veterans Treatment Court was started in January 2010, making it one of the first in the country and the first in Southeast Michigan. Veterans Treatment Court is a specialty court which aims to keep veterans out of jail for nonviolent offenses through a tightly supervised counseling and mentor program.
- Sobriety Court was started in 2001. Like veterans treatment courts, a sobriety court is a specialty court designed to effectively sentence a repeat drunk driver.
- The Domestic Violence Docket was instituted in 1993, and is one of the longest running programs of it’s kind in the country. The idea was to move domestic violence cases though the court, reducing delays and the number of cases that would be dismissed, combined with effective sentencing stop defendants from committing other assaultive crimes.
- CHEC is a holiday testing program designed to protect the community from repeat drivers during the holidays and was instituted on New Year Eve 2000.
- TAPP (Tobacco and Alcohol Prevention Project) was designed to impact people 17-21 who are arrested for Minor in possession of alcohol or tobacco. Instituted in 1997.
- A Day of Court is an educational program started in 1989, which takes real cases into local high schools to show students what actually happens in a courtroom.
- Opiate Court was introduced in 2014 to deal with individuals who are addicted to heroin and other opiates. This program is based upon the same model as the sobriety court, however the focus is not on the crime but on the addictive behavior that drives it.
- Drive was started in 2004 to deal with dangerous, distracted or temperamental drivers.
- First Court Town Hall in the country, in 1998. Went into the community and asked what residents thought of the court. Allowed opportunities to ask questions about process and procedure, as well as local incidents.
- Appointed American Bar Association National Highway Traffic Safety Association Judicial Fellow 2008-2010
- Incoming President of the American Judges Association, October 2014
Judge MacKenzie: Changing Lives in Our Community
In the past several months we have become quite well acquainted with the justice system in Novi – both good and bad, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for listening to Mr. Ray Cassar for reading the supporting documentation regarding our son, Anthony M., and for rendering a judgment which was fair and consistent with the truth. If all law officials, like yourself, sought justice rather than victory, perhaps our communities and indeed our nation, could enjoy a genuine and lasting peace. Thank you for your wisdom, understanding and sensitivity.
I would like to say thank-you from the bottom of my heart for the caring attitude and all the support you showed in your courtroom. It’s very appreciated! Also, I would like say thank-you in behalf of all victims of domestic violence for the emotional support, in such a distressing time. Words would never be able to express my heartfelt gratitude.
I have considered you a friend for many, many years and I have always admired the way you handled yourself on the bench….you have been a compassionate yet principled jurist whose integrity has been beyond reproach…you have made a difference in so many lives. You can look in the mirror and know that you have made a big difference not only in the community, but also in others.