Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to eliminate judgeships in certain areas to reflect changes in caseloads and population shifts.
Following the recommendations put forward biennially by the State Court Administrative Office, the bills will eliminate judgeships in districts identified as having more judges than necessary. The judgeships will be eliminated only by attrition - when a current judge vacates office through retirement or death, voluntarily chooses not to seek re-election or is constitutionally ineligible for re-election due to age. The efficiencies are expected to save taxpayers more than $2 million annually.
"We're always working to make government as efficient and effective as possible," Snyder said. "Realigning our judgeships to reflect factors such as population shifts ensures good customer service and fiscal accountability."
The bipartisan package includes eight bills:
The bills now are Public Acts 16-23 of 2012.
Visit www.legislature.mi.gov for more information on the bills.