Advertisement

Mich. Senate Votes to Require Certification of Specialty Courts

Bills being considered by the Michigan Legislature would require state certification for special courts. Bills being considered by the Michigan Legislature would require state certification for special courts. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

September 12, 2017 03:05 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Bills advancing in Michigan's Legislature would require that special problem-solving courts receive state certification to operate.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

The courts are designed to address criminals' underlying substance abuse or mental health issues so they do not reoffend.

Policymakers say the legislation is needed so Michigan has a more consistent and effective approach for the courts and defendants. Under the bills approved unanimously by the Senate Tuesday, specialty courts would have to be certified by the State Court Administrative Office starting in January.

The office currently offers recommendations, but the courts are under no mandate to adopt them.

The legislation (Senate Bills 435-38) will go to the House for consideration next.


WDIO

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Relay Media Amp

Minnesota Capitol Panel Reluctant to Tighten Protest Rules

Right-to-Carry Gun Bill Clears Wisconsin Panel

Timber Sales Increase in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Leech Lake Band Granted $3 Million for Veterans Cemetery

Search for Cass County Intruder Continues

Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin's Right to Work Law

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement