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May 28, 2013

COA Judge Talbot appointed as special administrator of Detroit's district court

The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously appointed Court of Appeals Judge Michael Talbot to serve as special judicial administrator of Detroit's 36th District Court. The appointment comes on the heels of a report by the National Center for State Courts that the Detroit district court has serious financial issues including operating based on a budget that was rejected by City leadership, poor management, a refusal to reach an agreement with Detroit's Emergency Financial Manager, and poor customer service. The report questions whether the existing district court leadership possess the "inventiveness and resourcefulness" to bring about the changes identified in the report. These changes include reducing staff, renegotiating contracts with the district court's unions, improving the court's use of technology, reducing the backlog of cases, and improving customers' experience in the court. The report can be found here.

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