The Honorable Thomas P. Boyd was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI. He graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1985 and Wayne State University Law School in 1990. After being admitted to the bar, he was engaged in the private practice of law, working with no-fault traffic crash issues and general litigation. He was appointed Assistant Attorney General in 1995 by Attorney General Frank Kelley. His responsibilities within the Department of Attorney General included criminal, civil, administrative and legislative law.
Judge Thomas P. Boyd was appointed to the bench on June 29, 2005, to fill the vacancy created upon the retirement of the Honorable Pamela McCabe. Judge Boyd was elected in 2006 to serve the remainder of Judge McCabe’s term. He was reelected in 2008 and 2014 for six-year terms. His current term expires December 31, 2020.
Judge Boyd leads the 55th District Court Mental Health Court (MHC) team. MHC is an incentive-based motivational program founded on Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) principles designed to engage participants in treatment with the goals of improving their lives and reducing recidivism. The MHC team includes representatives of the following: 55th District Court, Community Mental Health – Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties, Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth, Ingham County Health Department, Ingham County Office of the Public Defender, Michigan State University’s Department of Psychiatry and the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Lansing. MHC is very much a team endeavor.
Judge Boyd established and presides over our Domestic Violence (DV) Court. A local administrative order allows all DV cases be assigned to Judge Boyd after adjudication. The DV Court provides the extra attention that each of these important cases require. The DV Court works closely with EVE, Inc., and other community groups to provide as much protection as possible for women and children who find themselves in violent situations.
Judge Boyd actively works to improve the law, the legal system and the administration of justice. He was selected to participate in the Michigan Supreme Court’s Pilot Project on Jury Reform in 2008. This project was recognized in 2012 by the National Center on State Courts with the G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. Judge Boyd was appointed by the Governor to the Indigent Defense Advisory Commission, 2011 and to the legislatively created Michigan Indigent Defense Commission in 2014 and, again, in 2018. As an appointee, Judge Boyd represents the Michigan District Judges Association (MDJA). He was also appointed by the Governor to serve as Chair of the legislatively created Michigan Trial Court Funding Commission. Most recently, he has been designated by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack as a member of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration in 2019. Judge Boyd is active in the MDJA where he is a past President.