robert young en Chief Justice Young calls for cuts in the courts <p><a href="">Newly appointed</a> <a href="">Michigan Supreme Court</a> Chief Justice <a href="">Robert Young</a> is calling for budget cuts in Michigan's judiciary, reports Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network.</p><p>Pluta reports that Chief Justice Young "says he will call for combining courts and cutting judges in areas where there are fewer people and fewer cases." Young said:</p><blockquote><p>"The Legislature will either do something rational to reduce the size and cost of the judiciary, or it will do something irrational. I think it is most rational to reduce redundancy rather than to cut into the judiciary in ways that will disable it from fulfilling its constitutional duties."</p></blockquote><p>Pluta says "a 2009 report by the State Court Administrator says the state could save $2 million by eliminating more than a dozen judgeships in metro Detroit and northern Michigan." Thu, 06 Jan 2011 02:10:28 +0000 Mark Brush 765 at Chief Justice Young calls for cuts in the courts Michigan Supreme Court to pick new Chief Justice <p><strong>UPDATE 10:39 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio's Lansing Bureau Chief just filed this breaking news report:</p><blockquote><p>Justice Robert Young has been selected as the new chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Young was chosen by his fellow justices in a closed-door vote. The decision reflects the change in control of the court from Democrats to Republicans in the last election.</p></blockquote><p><strong>9:17 a.m.:</strong></p><p>The <a href="">seven justices</a> of the<a href=""> Michigan Supreme Court</a> will meet today to select a new chief justice. After this past November's election, Republicans are in the majority of the court with four members; three justices are Democrats.</p><p><a href="">Justice Robert Young Junior</a> was re-elected to an eight year term in 2010.&nbsp; He said yesterday that he has four votes to become the next Chief Justice. Young, who has been on the Michigan Supreme Court since 1999, is a Republican from the Detroit-area. The current Chief Justice is <a href="">Marilyn Kelly</a>, a Democrat.&nbsp;</p><p>As the Associated Press <a href="">reports</a>:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The court's membership will change soon. <a href="">Justice Maura Corrigan</a> is expected to resign to lead the Department of Human Services under the new governor, Rick Snyder.</p></blockquote><p>No such announcement from the Snyder administration has been made yet publicly. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:17:42 +0000 Zoe Clark 753 at Michigan Supreme Court to pick new Chief Justice