Judge Victoria Shackelford

Judge Victoria Shackelford was appointed to the 23rd District Court bench by Governor Whitmer November 1, replacing Judge Geno Salomone, who retired. Judge Shackelford previously served as an assistant prosecutor for Wayne County, and was the lead of the office’s arson unit and worked in the community prosecution and homicide units. She will serve as the chief judge in the court.

She previously worked in criminal law and as a public defender. She also worked as a member of the 33rd District Court’s Sobriety Court program. 

Judge Shackelford earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law and Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University. She is the director of legal education for FAIR Michigan and the treasurer of Downriver Families Against Narcotics. She lives in Taylor with her wife Amy and three sons, Andrew, Maxwell, and Mason.


Judge Joseph Slaven

Judge Joseph Slaven holds the second judge’s position in the district court. A lifelong resident of Taylor, he graduated from Gabriel Richard High School in 1988. Slaven and his wife have been married since 1990, and have three children. Judge Slaven is the son of new Councilman Ira Slaven.

Judge Slaven graduated in 1994 from 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. Judge Slaven first took the bench on January 1, 2015.

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. He also is the varsity boys and girls golf coach at Taylor Trillium Academy.