Marin Community Court

Resolving Cases
Judge Beverly Wood (center) with Hoang Leclerc and Bailiff Vince Simpson have volunteered their time with the Marin Community Court since its inception in 2011.

The first of its kind in Marin, the Marin Community Court debuted in April of 2011 with the goal of helping homeless defendants, and others living at society’s margins, to confront the justice system with confidence. Our collaboration with the Marin Superior Court and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County has since assisted more than  1,000 Marin residents to resolve their current or outstanding minor infractions (e.g. jaywalking, sleeping in public parks), and allows them to turn their lives around with a fresh start.

The court receives project funding from the Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund, the van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation, the County of Marin and Silicon Valley Bank. It has provided Marin County and the participants several hundred thousand dollars in savings, and currently represents over 10,000 hours of community service to Marin since 2011.

INVESTING IN THE MARIN COMMUNITY

$47,512 value of community service hours in 2016

UNCLOGGING THE COURT SYSTEM IN 2016

10 court sessions
235 appearances
300 tickets zeroed out $194,336 saved by participants

SOCIAL IMPACT IN 2016

2,970 hours of community service and 314 alternative sentences completed by 124 participants (sobriety programs, mental health care services, life skills training, tra c school, drivers license renewal and vehicle insurance and registration).

22 participants obtained the veterans services due to them by law.

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