Daily Briefs (Dec 31)

Michigan Supreme Court says PAC cash can be deducted
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A majority of the Michigan Supreme Court says it's legal for school districts to deduct political action committee contributions from the paychecks of employees.

The court ruled 4-3 in favor of the Michigan Education Association, in an opinion released Wednesday.

The decision reverses an appeals court ruling saying it's illegal for public schools to help the political fund of the state's largest teachers union, even if districts are reimbursed for administering the payroll deduction.

The case started in 2006 when Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land said Michigan law bars a public body from collecting and transferring political contributions. Her opinion involved the Gull Lake school district.

The court's liberal majority ruled in favor of the union while conservatives dissented.

The court returns to conservative control in 2011.

Holiday Hours
The Wayne County Clerk’s Office will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 through Monday, Jan. 3 and will re-open Tuesday, Jan. 4. Open Dec. 28, 29 and 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will be: Circuit Court Civil Filings (Rm. 201) and Family Filings and Personal Protection Orders (Rm. 928) located in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center; Criminal Division in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice; Juvenile Division in the Lincoln Hall of Justice. Filings for Department of Human Services and Juvenile Assessment Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. only.

The Office of the City Clerk (200 CAYMC) and the City Clerk Archives and Records Division (65) Cadillac Tower, Ste. 1600) will shut down for the holiday beginning Monday, Dec. 20 through Monday, Jan. 3. The City Clerk offices will reopen during its regular business hours on Wednesday, Jan. 5. (Tuesday, Jan. 4, is a budget-required furlough day.)

The Wayne County Probate Court will close for the holiday season at noon on Thursday, Dec. 23 and reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 8 a.m.

The Wayne County Probate Court will be open Dec. 28, 29, and 30, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to accept pleadings, and to conduct mental health and emergency hearings.

In observance of the 2010 Holiday Season, the 36th District Court will be closed to the public on Friday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Only Criminal Arraignments will be conducted.

On Tuesday, Dec. 28, Wednesday, Dec. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 30, the Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be open for essential services only, including criminal arraignments, probation violation, failure to appear warrants, personal protection orders, parental waivers, and other emergency civil and family division matters. The County Clerk’s Office will be open to accept civil and domestic relations pleadings and new case filings from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m on those days.

The court will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 3 in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

The emergency procedure that is published in the Detroit Legal News every Friday should be followed for any after-hour emergency matter.

The Michigan Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the State Court Administrative Office will be closed for the holidays on Thursday, December 30; and Friday, December 31.

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