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Valerie Snyder named to Probate Court for Charlevoix and Emmet

Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday announced the appointment of Valerie Snyder to the Probate Court for Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

“Based on Valerie Snyder’s long history of public service in the community, I’m confident she will excel as a probate judge,” Snyder said.

Since 1996, Snyder has been in private practice in Charlevoix, focusing on real estate and estate planning. She has significant experience in probate matters, including wills, estates and trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships and juvenile matters. She began her career at the Law Offices of Pointner, Joseph & Corcoran as an associate attorney.

Snyder currently serves as school board president for Charlevoix Public Schools. She has served on the Charlevoix City Council, the city planning commission and the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association.

Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in 1992 and her law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1995. She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Frederick Mulhauser. Snyder must seek election in November 2018 for a new full term.


36th District Court announces launch of online ticket resolution

The 36th District Court is pleased to announce the launch of a new Online Ticket Resolution Pilot Program for eligible traffic civil infractions issued by the Michigan State Police.     

The new program is a quick and efficient way to resolve traffic civil infractions online rather than appearing in person for a court hearing. 

Individuals will have the option to request consideration for a plea offer to a lesser or no point violation by answering a few simple questions. 

A magistrate will review the individual’s eligibility and driving record, applying the same criteria as an in-person court appearance, and provide a response within 72 hours. The party will then have the opportunity to accept or reject the offer.

This alternative option was developed by utilizing current technology and automation to further the court’s commitment to accessibility, and offer additional enhancements to the public. 

“We are confident that the citizens we serve will find the new online program beneficial and time-saving and we encourage them to take advantage of this new, convenient service. We look forward to continued technological improvements and offering better services to the public” says Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount.


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