Judges

23rd 23rd District Court
23365 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone: (734) 374-1334




Judge Geno Salomone (right) is a lifelong resident of Taylor. He and his wife Karen graduated together from Kennedy High School in 1973. They were married in 1977 and have three children. Judge Salomone worked as a custodian for the Taylor School District while attending Wayne State University. He graduated from WSU in 1980 and from the Detroit College of Law in 1984. He was elected in 2000. Since that time, he has implemented a "court in the high schools" program, co-sponsored the Goodwill Garden at Heritage Park and started a drug treatment court program for defendants addicted to drugs or alcohol. Judge Salomone is also president of the Taylor Reading Corps, a concept that he originated; a member of the original Taylor Conservatory Foundation; and a former member of the board of directors for the Friends of the Rouge River.

Judge Joseph Slaven (left) is a lifelong resident of Taylor who graduated from Gabriel Richard High School in 1988. He and his wife have been married since 1990, and have three children. Judge Slaven graduated in 1994 for the University of Michigan with dual Bachelor's Degrees and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit School of Law, where he serves as an adjunct professor. Elected in November 2014, Judge Slaven took the bench on January 1, 2015, as just the fourth man to ever serve as a district court judge in the City of Taylor (following his direct predecessor, William Sutherland, along with Anthony Nicita and Judge Salomone). Judge Slaven served on the Client Protection Fund Committee of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a member of the DeMolay, Golden Ark Masonic Lodge, Moose, Taylor Northwest Little League and Democratic Club.