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Legislation to Retain 95-A Judge in Menominee County Advances

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03/06/2019- A plan to save the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County from elimination was approved yesterday by the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. Representative Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain introduced the legislation that would reverse the 2012 action to eliminate the position, which is slated to take effect March 31st. The 2012 law eliminating the position was based on a State Court Administrator’s Office recommendation calling for the removal based on data from 2008 through 2010. Currently, only 11 judges are available to handle nearly half of all cases in the Upper Peninsula and LaFave says eliminating one would only worsen the imbalance that already exists. Similar legislation sponsored by Senator Ed McBroom was also approved yesterday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Both measures now advance to the full House for consideration.

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