The annual celebration of Municipal Courts Week, this year set for Nov. 4-8, will once again include a month-long collection of canned and non-perishable food or hygiene products to benefit the Melissa Food Pantry, according to Municipal Court Judge David Moore.

Municipal Courts Week, celebrated statewide every November, recognizes the work of dedicated judges, clerks, court administrators, prosecutors, juvenile case managers, bailiffs and warrant officers.

The Melissa Municipal Court is located on the first floor of City Hall, 3411 Barker Ave. All of the week’s activities and events are scheduled for the lobby area of Municipal Court, located behind the entry staircase of City Hall.

In addition to the food drive, which officially kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 6, other events during the weeklong celebration include: Free Popcorn Day on Monday, Nov. 4; Free Coffee Bar and Donuts Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5; Community Outreach on Thursday, Nov. 7; and the unveiling of a display and activity designed to help drivers avoid Impaired/Distracted Driving on Friday, Nov. 8.

“Municipal Courts Week is not only a great time to recognize Municipal Courts, but also a time to share with the public the important role that Municipal Courts play in the criminal justice system and making Texas roads safer,” Moore said.

The first day’s popcorn giveaway will be accompanied by traffic safety material on impaired driving. The self-service coffee and donuts will likewise be located in the lobby area. Wednesday’s food and hygiene products drive will have collection boxes at the Municipal Court lobby as well as in the City Hall lobby, providing a quick and easy way for City Hall visitors or library patrons to contribute.

On Thursday, the Melissa Municipal Court staff will present congratulatory gifts to Municipal Courts in neighboring cities while paying them courtesy visits. And, the Friday exhibit will promote traffic safety awareness and highlight the dangers of texting while driving, drinking and driving, and distracted driving. An anti-impaired driving exhibit and game will also be featured on the final day of the celebration week.

The emphasis on driving safety during the recognition week reflects the court’s docket. Driving infractions, automobile accidents and moving violations form the highest percentage of cases that come before the court.

In addition to Moore, the Melissa Municipal Courts staff includes Court Administrator Lorie Lambert, Court Clerk Samantha Grimes, and Warrant Officer Beverly Stevens.

The office has consistently been recognized by the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center’s Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives program. The staff has won a statewide award three years in a row. The program recognizes those Municipal Courts that have demonstrated outstanding contributions to traffic safety and to eliminating impaired driving.