Tuesday, May 28, 2013

36th District Taken Over by the State

The 36th District Court in Detroit has had its operations taken over by a special administrator appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court. The court joins the Detroit Public School District and the City of Detroit as local municipal entities that are under state control.

The question of the day is: will this result in any actual improvements?

As someone who has had to do business in the 36th District Court, as both a defendant and a plaintiff, I can vouch for the fact that it is a largely dysfunctional operation; one that has been in dire need of reform for several years now. Still, I find myself wondering if a state takeover will accomplish anything other infuriating more Detroiters.

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