2013-11-14 / Community

Local judge Carmody selected to serve ‘chief judge’ position

Judges will focus on efficiency, innovation

LANSING – Improving public service and court efficiency are on the to-do list for a group of newlyappointed state court chief judges. The Michigan Supreme Court announced the appointments, which includes local judge William W. Carmody, in October.

The two-year chief judge terms begin Jan. 1, 2014.

Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., called the chief judge appointees “judicial leaders” who will further the Supreme Court’s goals of improved public service, more efficient courts, and greater innovation, including increased use of technology.

Starting in 2011, the Supreme Court began requiring candidates for chief judge to submit applications detailing their goals for their courts, Young explained. As provided in Michigan Court Rule 8.110, chief judges oversee the courts’ internal operations, finances, case management, work assignments, and more.

“Being a chief judge is a demanding job; it requires leadership, vision, and administrative skills,” Young said. “In making these appointments, my fellow Justices and I look for all of those qualities, plus practical, innovative ideas about improving the courts. Our chief judges have to be committed to the goal of courts working smarter for a better Michigan.”

Of the 148 chief judges the Supreme Court appointed, 46 will oversee more than one trial court in their judicial circuits, Young noted.

“Increasingly, circuit, probate, and district courts in the same judicial circuit are consolidating some functions and administration for greater efficiency and savings,” he explained. “The Supreme Court not only encourages but drives this movement, in part by appointing a single chief judge for multiple courts, rather than a separated chief judge for every circuit, probate, and district court.”

The Honorable William W. Carmody was appointed as chief judge for Alger, Luce, Mackinac and Schoolcraft Counties 11th Circuit Court, Alger/Schoolcraft Probate District 5, Luce/Mackinac Probate District 6, 92nd District Court and 93rd District Court.

The Supreme Court also announced that Court of Appeals Chief Judge William B. Murphy, who has served as that court’s chief judge since January 2010, will continue as chief judge through 2014, to be succeeded by Judge Michael J. Talbot in January 2015. Talbot is currently serving as special judicial administrator of Detroit’s District Court.

“Traditionally, a chief judge of the Court of Appeals serves only two two-year terms, but with Chief Judge Murphy serving a fifth year, Judge Talbot will be able to continue in his role at the 36th District Court,” Young said.

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