Daily Briefs

Snyder names Donald Knapp to 3rd Circuit Court, Wayne County

Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday announced the appointment of Donald Knapp, Jr. to the 3rd Circuit Court, Wayne County.

“Don Knapp’s long and distinguished career as an attorney and public servant has prepared him well for a seat on the Wayne County Circuit Court,” Snyder said.

Knapp has been in private practice since 2002 and served as the Livonia City Attorney since 2009. Prior to that, he clerked for Wayne County Circuit Judge Tim Kenny after working as a legislative aide to then-state Sen. Thad McCotter.

Knapp is a member of the Federalist Society, the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, the Livonia Bar Association, Livonia Chamber of Commerce, and the Livonia Kiwanis Club. He is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation and a past chair and member of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Alumni Society Board, as well as a past member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association’s Alumni Leadership Council. Knapp served on the Livonia City Council from 2002 to 2009.

Knapp earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1993 and his law degree from Detroit College of Law in 1996. He fills the vacancy created by the passing of Judge Richard Skutt.
Knapp must seek election in November 2018 for the remainder of the term.


Court to open mid-year application period for new bail bond agencies

The Oakland County Circuit Court will open a mid-year application period for new bail bond agencies that are not on the 2018 Bail Bondsman List and wish to apply and for those agencies currently on the list that wish to add additional agents. This mid-year application is currently open and will run through April 30, 2018. The updated list will become effective July 1, 2018. Anyone already approved for the January 1, 2018, list will not need to re-apply for the current year.

Pursuant to MCLA 750.167(b), the Judges of the Circuit Court are to annually compile and maintain an up-to-date list of the names of persons engaged in the business of becoming surety upon bonds for compensation in criminal cases. The statute states: “The list shall be compiled annually by the Judges of the Circuit Court of each Circuit, and the names of persons engaged in the business of becoming surety upon bonds for compensation shall be added to the list by the Judges upon proper application.” The Court will circulate the list to the appropriate agencies in accordance with the statute.

The Court Administrator has prepared two applications for bondsmen: one for persons backed by insurance and the other for persons backed by real property. Persons or businesses may apply for inclusion on the list under either category or both. (Statutory authority for this review appears in MCLA 765.20.)

Copies of the Bail Bondsman Application are available on the Oakland County website at http://www.oakgov.com/courts/circuit/Pages/form_application/default.aspx or available in the Court Administration Office. The Court will only accept applications on the revised (03/2018) form. All applications must be submitted through the Court Administration Office, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Pontiac Michigan 48341, no later than April 30, 2018. For questions, contact Karen Koshen at 248-858-0296.