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Join me in congratulating 3 long-time Court employees who have earned Award of Service pins 
The “Court of Three Sisters” are three long-time employees who have served our community as employees of the City Court of Slidell for a combined total of 52 years – and in the decades of working together, the three women have become like siblings. They earned the nickname from Clerk of Court Sherry Philips, who cited them for their decades of diligent, dedicated work and their leadership among the 20 court employees.

Sylvia Forest of Slidell has worked for the court for 20 years, beginning under Judge James Strain as a front window Criminal Deputy Clerk and, since I have served as Judge, she has led the Civil Department as the Civil Deputy Clerk Supervisor for the past eight years. 
“Sylvia’s respect for others and her effectiveness in her duties has helped build many positive attorney relationships over the years, which is crucial in the court’s operations,” Sherry says. 
Martha Hyde Strain of Pearl River has worked for the court for 17 years, starting as a Deputy Clerk for the Juvenile Department helping in the day-to-day functions of all juvenile matters. Over the years her role as deputy clerk has expanded to include the Civil Department. Currently, Strain handles all Adoptions, Small Claims and Evictions, as well as providing backup for the Juvenile Department.  
“Martha is a real team player – pitching in wherever she’s needed, which the people we serve benefit from,” Sherry says. 
When Camille Messina of Mandeville became a Court employee 15 years ago, she was a part-time clerk. But the next year, she was made full-time Deputy Clerk for the Juvenile Department. As she continued to impress then-Clerk of Court Susan Ordoyne and myself with her skills and attention to detail, she was promoted five years later to Juvenile Deputy Clerk Supervisor.   
“Camille’s intricate knowledge of the juvenile court process and time lines is astonishing – and time and again it proves invaluable to our smooth operation,” Sherry says. 
The recognition for their many years of excellent service was held following a recent staff-wide training session, which was held on a Saturday to assure Court operations were not affected. In addition to these three employees, each member of the staff was recognized for their dedication and the value of the work they do for residents and business owners of Wards 8 and 9 (East St. Tammany Parish), the court’s jurisdiction.

Pictured below are (from left) City Court of Slidell Clerk of Court Sherry Philips; Juvenile Deputy Clerk Supervisor Camille Messina; Adoptions, Small Claims Evictions Deputy Clerk Martha Hyde Strain; and, Civil Deputy Clerk Supervisor Sylvia Forest.

City Court of Slidell will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Dec. 26 as well as on Monday, Jan. 1 and Tuesday, Jan 2 to allow our staff to spend special holiday time with their families.


Please enjoy a special slide show created to honor the Court's 50 year history as well as the people who made City Court of Slidell a place of service to our community.