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LAD conducts free workshop on small claims court

 Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) conducted the first of three free fall workshops for residents of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties on how to represent themselves in small claims court and collect money judgments Oct. 23 at LAD’s Detroit-Wayne office, 613 Abbott St.
Small claims court is a judicial process in district courts for settling money disputes of $5,000 or less that is designed to be easy enough for residents to navigate without an attorney, said LAD staff attorney Eric Wardford, who conducted the workshop.
Mary Morris, a program representative for the Wayne Mediation Center, was the guest speaker at the workshop. She explained to attendees how they could use mediation as an alternative to filing suit in small claims court.
 LAD scheduled the fall workshops in response to the popularity of its six spring and  summer workshops on small claims court, Johnson said.  The second and third workshops were scheduled for Nov. 8 in St. Clair Shores and Nov. 13 in Pontiac.

DMBA Jingle Mingle

Ring in the holiday season early on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6-9 p.m. at Fountain Bistro, 800 Woodward Ave., at Campus Martius in Detroit. Share conversation and laughs with friends and colleagues as everyone reflects on the best of 2012 and prepares for the challenges of 2013. Registration is just $30 for DMBA members, $40 for non-members, and includes light dinner and a drink ticket.

Holiday Hours

The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.
The Wayne County Probate Court will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26 at 8 a.m.
In observance of Thanksgiving, the 36th District Court will be closed to the public on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23. Only criminal arraignments will be conducted.


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