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Governor Makes Judicial Appointments

Apr 08, 2022

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced appointments to various Circuit Courts in Michigan. The first, is the appointment of District Court Judge Christopher M. Blount to the 3rd Circuit Court of Wayne County, effective April 18. He currently serves as a Judge in the 36th District Court in Detroit. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge […]

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Governor Makes Court of Appeals Appointment

Mar 18, 2022

Judge Christopher Yates has been appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals – District 3, by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. He currently serves as a judge with the 17th Circuit Court of Kent County, a role he’s had since 2008. Prior to his time on the bench, Judge Yates had a number of roles including a […]

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Senators Seek to End Juvenile Life Without Parole

Feb 04, 2022

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation seeking to abolish juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) in Michigan. The proposed bills would eliminate it, provide a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of 60 years, and allow for parole review after 10 years. Additionally, the review process would require consideration of the juvenile’s […]

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Redistricting Lawsuit Filed

Jan 07, 2022

Detroit legislators filed a lawsuit over the redistricting maps, which were finalized at the end of 2020. The legislators pointed to what they believe are maps that dilute the representative of minority communities. They assert the new political district maps are gerrymandered in the form of cracking, packing, and retrogression against African American communities. To […]

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Governor Makes Appointment to Macomb County Circuit Court

Dec 23, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Teri Lynn Dennings to the 16th Circuit Court of Macomb County. She currently works as an attorney at an energy company. Prior to that, she worked as a private practice attorney. Ms. Dennings earned her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School and a Bachelor of Science […]

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Lt. Governor Announces Job Court Pilot Program

Nov 05, 2021

This week, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist announced the creation of the Jobs Court program, which would put residents accused of low-level, nonviolent offenses in good-paying jobs in order to reduce recidivism and help businesses with worker shortages. Lt. Governor Gilchrist was joined by Attorney General Dana Nessel to launch the program at Goodwill Industries of […]

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Supreme Court Announces Next Round of Oral Arguments

Sep 24, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in 11 cases next month. The Court will hear the cases on October 6 and 7, via Zoom. The arguments will be livestreamed on the Court’s YouTube page. To view the schedule of oral arguments, please click here.

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Governor Signs Expungement Reforms into Law

Aug 27, 2021

A person could be eligible for an expungement of convictions for a first violation of operating while intoxicated (OWI) under legislation signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The new laws give those with OWI convictions the option to seek expungement of their first offence five years after probation ends. Applicants must submit a petition […]

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