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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.

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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.


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