Program to explore new arraignment proceedings

The Oakland County Bar Association will present “The New Arraignment Proceedings under MIDC” on Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the OCBA offices in Bloomfield Hills.

The new Michigan Indigent Defense Commission standards mandate continual representation by counsel at every court appearance throughout an indigent defendant’s case, including arraignment. Attendees will learn about Oakland County’s Circuit and district court plan to fulfill these mandates. Topics of discussion will include:

• Oakland County’s plan to enforce approved and proposed standards, and how it will affect appointed counsel practice.
• An overview of the jail and procedures in place once defendants arrive.
• Differences in arraignment procedures before and after MIDC.
• Access to pre-trial services.

Presenting at the program will be:

—Sergeant Donald Gracey Jr., booking operations administrator, Corrective Services Division, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
—Barbara M. Hankey, manager, Oakland County Community Corrections.
—Mary Anne Jerge, assistant corporation counsel, Oakland County Corporation Counsel’s Office.
—J. Randall Secontine, Law Offices of J. Randall Secontine PLLC.

This seminar is free to attorneys on the criminal appointment list and will be worth two CLE credits. Cost for OCBA members is $40 for pre-registration, $50 for on site registration; OCBA new lawyers, paralegals, and students pay $30 for pre-registration, $40  for on site registration; and non-members pay $60 for pre-registration, $75 for on site registration.

To register for this program, visit www.ocba.org and click on “events.”

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