36th District court of DEtroit Candidates

36th District Court handles traffic violations, civil cases such as landlord-tenant disputes, and low level criminal offenses.

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Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: I think it is a good start but it is probably to early to tell how beneficial the program is at this time. It will depend on how much funding is provided for vigorous enforcement.

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: If they can be directed to legal aid organizations to assist that could help. Additionally, a mediation system could be set up exclusively for non-represented litigants.

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: It would help to have a locker system where individuals can keep their cellphones while they are in court.

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response


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Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Detroit Rental Registrations

QUESTION: The city of Detroit has begun a rental registration and compliance program for all city rental properties and its first area deadline for registration just passed. Generally speaking, do you believe the City's new program and stricter enforcement of rental property codes will reduce the number of landlord/tenant disputes that come before the court? Do you find the program beneficial to the court, landlords, and/or tenants?

RESPONSE: Yes! It is important that Landlords and Tenants share the same baseline of information regarding their respective rights and responsibilities. Standardizing information through property registration and certification is a significant step is creating information symmetry.

Q2. Knowing the Law

QUESTION: The vast majority of civil defendants in the 36th District court represent themselves, despite having little to no legal experience. Do you believe this should be addressed in a structured manner to help defendants and plaintiffs access information they may not have and better ensure a fair system of justice? If so, what can be done?

RESPONSE: In pro per litigants are a significant part of the Court’s civil docket. I have found that many such persons are quite capable of advancing their cause. Disseminating accurate information about what is expected of such persons will greatly assist them in advancing their legal matters. This can be addressed through digital information feeds via the Court’s outlets and the internet.

Q3. 36th District Court Operations

QUESTION: The 36th District is notorious for long wait times, changing procedures and a ban on cell phones. Improvements since the state takeover in 2003, include a prehearing docket for civil infractions and the Department of Administrative Hearings to handle blight tickets. As 36th District Judge, what other improvements to the court process for Detroit citizens do you think are necessary?

RESPONSE: A stubborn focus on efficiency that is driven by great hiring, purposeful on-boarding and targeted modalities for continuous training and improvement are all critical to the goal of making the Court increasingly more user friendly. We are faced with some judicial downsizing with the number of judges being reduced from 31 to 29 and the number of employees remains 10-15% below our employment numbers prior to 2012. In essence, we have to do more with less.