District court drops ban on pens, pencils

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan courts soon must allow visitors to carry phones. A Detroit court is lifting a ban on something even simpler: pens and pencils.

Chief Judge William McConico erased the ban on writing instruments Thursday at Wayne County 36th District Court, the Detroit Free Press reported. It was adopted in 2017 under a different chief judge, apparently for security reasons.

McConico said the policy was an "unnecessary hardship on the public." The Detroit court is one of the busiest in the U.S., serving a city of nearly 700,000 residents.

"It is my hope that our users will now be able to move through security more expeditiously, and appreciate the increased access to resources while conducting business within the building," McConico said.

Published: Mon, Jan 20, 2020