Rep Sheppard opposes local judicial reductions

first_img Lawmaker: Judgeship ‘rightsizing’ is wrong for Monroe CountyRep. Jason Sheppard today came out in opposition to a recent report from the Michigan Supreme Court recommending a reduction in the number of probate judgeships serving Monroe County. Changes in the number of judgeships per district have to be approved through the legislative process, an action Rep. Sheppard wishes to prevent.“Our courts are already over-crowded,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Monroe. “The Supreme Court can conduct all the analyses they want, but there’s no doubt that eliminating a judgeship will put further caseload burdens on the remaining justices. The end result is an incontrovertible disservice to the people of Monroe County.”The report, released on July 16, recommends that Monroe County lose a probate judgeship through attrition, meaning that a retiring justice would not be replaced.Rep. Sheppard said there has been no legislation so far introduced which follows the Supreme Court’s recommendations, but that he would oppose any bills based on the same conclusions about the needs of the 56th District.“The Legislature has not always followed these reports to the letter,” Rep. Sheppard said. “That’s why there exists legislative review; we have a chance to say, ‘No, we disagree.’ I will fight to maintain the highest levels of service in our local courts and to secure efficient, effective justice.” 16Jul Rep. Sheppard opposes local judicial reductions Categories: Sheppard Newslast_img

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