michigan courts http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Supreme Court funds two new courts http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-funds-two-new-courts <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has picked five projects to receive money for court innovations.</p><p>One project is a human trafficking court in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.&nbsp; It will determine whether offenders in prostitution cases are victims of human trafficking. If so, the court will offer services, not jail time.</p><p>Another involves using social media and technology to improve court communication in various counties.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:37:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15082 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court funds two new courts High Court order guarantees interpreters in legal proceedings http://michiganradio.org/post/high-court-order-guarantees-interpreters-legal-proceedings <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young says language should not be a barrier to justice. He says the wave of immigration has made the need to&nbsp;address&nbsp;the problem more urgent.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">“We have a great deal more non-English-speaking citizens and non-citizens in our state that are involved in our legal system either the civil or criminal side of it,” said Young.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Young says advances in technology have also made interpreter services more available and affordable. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">The rule says criminal defendants and witnesses will never have to pay for an interpreter. In some cases, courts could try to recover interpreter costs from parties to a lawsuit.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Justice Bridget Mary McCormack helped draft the rule. She says some counties in Michigan already supply interpreters. Some, she says, are not doing a very good job.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">McCormack says cost should not be an issue. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:49:42 +0000 Rick Pluta 14394 at http://michiganradio.org High Court order guarantees interpreters in legal proceedings Michigan judicial agency wants to add, cut judges http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-judicial-agency-wants-add-cut-judges <p></p><p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The agency that oversees Michigan's court system wants to add more judges in Macomb, Oakland and Kent counties while eliminating some judicial posts in Wayne County and elsewhere.</p><p>The <a href="http://courts.mi.gov/Administration/SCAO/Resources/Documents/Publications/Reports/Judicial-Resources/2013JRR.pdf">recommendations based on workload were released <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_961601090" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">today</span></span></a>. Any changes require approval by lawmakers.</p><p>The State Court Administrative Office recommends four additional Circuit Court judges in Macomb County and two more in Oakland County. In the Grand Rapids area, the agency recommends another Circuit Court judge and a District Court judge.</p><p>On the other side of the scale, lawmakers are being asked to cut four judges in Wayne County Circuit Court and one District Court judge each in Berrien, Delta and Saginaw counties. The report also recommends cutting a judge in the District Court that serves Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:32:33 +0000 The Associated Press 13272 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan judicial agency wants to add, cut judges Michigan seeks to establish veterans' courts http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-seeks-establish-veterans-courts <p>A set of bills passed by the state Senate today, the anniversary of 9/11, lays the groundwork for establishing a system of veterans' courts.</p><p>The Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher reports:</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:40:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9035 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan seeks to establish veterans' courts Michigan lawmakers continue votes to trim judges http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-continue-votes-trim-judges <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are continuing votes aimed at reducing the number of probate, district and circuit court judgeships statewide through attrition.</p><p>The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a series of bills that would make some of the reductions. The measures return to the House.</p><p>Overall, the Legislature plans to trim an estimated 36 judgeships statewide. That includes legislation already signed by Gov. Rick Snyder that eliminates eight judgeships across the state.</p><p>Lawmakers originally had sought to reduce about 45 judgeships. The plan largely follows recommendations made last year by the State Court Administrative Office. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:33:17 +0000 The Associated Press 6127 at http://michiganradio.org Number of judges in Michigan to be cut http://michiganradio.org/post/number-judges-michigan-be-cut <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers have approved a bill that will allow for reducing the number of judgeships in the state. An estimated 45 judgeships on district and circuit courts would be<br />eliminated through the legislation passed yesterday. The measure now heads to Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s desk. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:00:49 +0000 The Associated Press 5431 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan court strikes down medical marijuana legal defense http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-strikes-down-medical-marijuana-legal-defense <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected the legal defense of a man who got a medical marijuana card after he was busted for possession.</p><p>This the second time in two weeks the appeals court has narrowed the scope of the state&rsquo;s medical marijuana law.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/court-says-no-medical-marijuana-dispensaries?nopop=1">Last week</a>, the appeals court ruled shops where money is exchanged for medical marijuana are illegal.</p><p>Now the court has ruled people who grow marijuana better have their state-issued medical marijuana cards in hand &ndash; getting one after a police raid is no defense against prosecution.</p><p>The court struck down the defense against marijuana charges that has been tried in several Michigan counties.</p><p>Brian Reed&rsquo;s home was raided after a police drug team spotted six marijuana plants growing in his backyard.</p><p>Reed says he never got a medical marijuana card because his regular doctors work for a clinic that would lose its federal funding if they prescribed marijuana to patients.</p><p>Between the raid and when he was formally arrested and charged, Reed got a different doctor&rsquo;s approval and a state-issued medical marijuana card as a treatment for chronic back pain.</p><p>Reed said that should be enough to protect from prosecution under Michigan&rsquo;s medical marijuana law, which was approved by voters in 2008.</p><p>The appeals court upheld a lower court ruling and agreed a person busted for marijuana possession cannot use getting a doctor&rsquo;s permission after the fact as a legal defense.</p><p>The ruling could be appealed to the state Supreme Court, which already has two other medical marijuana cases on its docket. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:28:28 +0000 Rick Pluta 3986 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan court strikes down medical marijuana legal defense Report calls for eliminating 49 judges in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/report-calls-eliminating-49-judges-michigan <p><strong>Update 4:29 p.m.</strong></p><p>You can see a list of the recommended cuts on <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/resources/publications/reports/JRRSummary2011.pdf">page two of the report from the State Court Administrative Office</a>.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">MPRN&#39;s Laura Weber reports that the State Court Administrative Office report also says there are some counties that need <em>more </em>judges, but state court administrator Chad Schmucker says they&#39;re not recommending adding judges at this time:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">&ldquo;We are not making a recommendation to add those judges, but there&rsquo;s a simple reason for that. The most important one is the judges in those courts said we don&rsquo;t want the recommendation at this time.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The report recommends that the judgeships be eliminated as judges retire or leave their posts. It&#39;s up to the Michigan Legislature to enact the changes.</p><p><strong>12:42 p.m.</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.courts.michigan.gov/scao/">State Court Administrative Office</a> released a <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/resources/publications/reports/JRRSummary2011.pdf">report</a> saying the state should cut 45 trial court judges and four appeals court judges.</p><p>From the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110817/POLITICS02/108170402/1361/rss41">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. and State Court Administrator Chad Schmucker released the report at a news conference.</p><p>&quot;Increasing the size of government is easy; it turns out it takes political courage to reduce it,&quot; Young said.</p><p>The Michigan Supreme Court has unanimously endorsed the recommendations, as has Gov. Rick Snyder, Young said.</p><p>The report said Michigan has too many trial judges in the wrong places and there are areas in the state that have a combined need for 31 more judges. But no new judges are recommended at this time because of the economic climate, the report said.</p><p>&quot;We need the Legislature to act,&quot; Young said. He said previous recommendations to decrease the number of judges in Michigan had not been acted on by lawmakers &quot;to the detriment of taxpayers.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The News reports that the elimination of each trial court judgeship saves $157,500. The elimination of each appeals court judgeship saves around $171,500, according to a spokeswoman for Governor Snyder.</p><p>Doing the math, the recommended cuts would save the state close to $8 million. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:29:43 +0000 Mark Brush 3794 at http://michiganradio.org Report calls for eliminating 49 judges in Michigan State Bar Association says Michigan needs court reform http://michiganradio.org/post/state-bar-association-says-michigan-needs-court-reform <p>The <a href="http://www.michbar.org/">Michigan State Bar</a> wants to change the way the state's courts work.</p><p>A task force of judges and lawyers are recommending changes they say will save the state money.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.michbar.org/judicialcrossroads/">Judicial Crossroads Task Force</a> suggests:</p><ul><li>consolidating trial courts</li><li>giving business cases higher priority</li><li>and letting existing judges retire without replacing them</li></ul><p>Michigan has 246 separate courts and 586 judges.</p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:30:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1026 at http://michiganradio.org State Bar Association says Michigan needs court reform