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, criminal defense, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Lansing. MHC is very much a team endeavor. Each team member contributes to the benefit of every participant.
Judge Boyd established and presides over our Domestic Violence (DV) Court. A local administrative order requires all DV cases be assigned to Judge Boyd. 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. In 2014, Judge Boyd was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC). As an appointee, Judge Boyd represents the Michigan District Judges Association (MDJA). His term on the MIDC expires in 2018. Judge Boyd is active in the MDJA where he currently serves as President-Elect.