"Unfortunately, judges often see the pain and emotion that crime victims endure as they enter the courtroom. I became a judge to ensure that the voice of the victim is heard. I am grateful to be able to serve in a position where I can help individuals while assuring the community is protected." Diane D'Agostini
Judge Diane Dickow D'Agostini was elected a District Judge in November 2000 having won all 84 precincts in the 48th District. Reappointed Chief Judge by the Michigan Supreme Court effective January 2012, Judge D'Agostini was reelected to the 48th District Court for a six-year term in November 2006.
Judge D'Agostini finds great reward in teaching our youth about the law. She formed a program directed specifically for children called, "Order in the Court". The program has involved thousands of local 4th graders coming to court to learn about the law in a simple and age appropriate manner, featuring a mock trial staged by the students. It has earned "favorite field trip" comments by many of the school children and has become an annual field trip for many of the local schools.
Judge D'Agostini devotes much of her professional and personal time to educating our youth about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use. She holds court sessions at local schools so that students can view the direct ramifications of drug and alcohol use. Field trips are often arranged to the court where the students observe proceedings and participate in a question and answer period with the judge. She serves as a guest speaker for many of our local schools and is involved with community coalitions to prevent underage drinking. She presently serves on the Board of the Birmingham/Bloomfield Community coalition. (Community Involvement History.)
Prior to being elected a District Judge, Diane D'Agostini served as an assistant prosecutor in Oakland County from 1991-2000. She prosecuted criminal cases in the Warrants Division, District Court Division, and Circuit Court Division and served as the Chief of the Parole Appeal Section. In this role, she successfully blocked the release of numerous violent prisoners including murderers, child molesters and other dangerous prisoners. She was recently awarded the Domestic Violence Prevention Award presented by the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence in 2011.
Judge D'Agostini received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in journalism from Wayne State University and was published in several local magazines before going to law school. She graduated cum laude from the Detroit College of Law, presently Michigan State University, College of Law and furthered her legal studies at Oxford University in England.
Candace Shankin, Research Attorney/Judicial Clerk