Judge Emily Hagan is the newest Judge to preside over the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) Docket. Judge Hagan was appointed to the docket by Administrative and Presiding Judge Brendan J. Sheehan, and she replaces Judge Deborah Turner.
Judge Hagan joined the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court bench in 2019. She is a graduate of Grandview Heights High School and Ohio University, and joined the bar in 2006 after attending the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
“I am honored to be appointed to the MHDD docket and to be able to work with so many dedicated colleagues,” says Judge Hagan. “It is a privilege to work closely with this tremendously qualified staff. Helping individuals referred to the MHDD docket is a true bright spot in my work as a Judge.”
The MHDD docket was established in 2003 as a response to the increasing number of defendants with serious mental illnesses entering the criminal justice system. The MHDD Court is funded by the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, and supported by local resources through the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD).
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and the MHDD judges are committed to managing defendants by effectively utilizing scarce resources that can improve long-term success in treatment and reduce recidivism. Further, the Court is committed to identifying additional resources that will continue to enhance the docket’s mission.
The MHDD docket also includes Co-Chairs Judge Hollie L. Gallagher and Judge Shannon Gallagher, Judge Deena R. Calabrese, and Judge Michael Shaughnessy.