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Circuit Court Visit. This Is A Paper Describing An Obervation At Macomb County Circuit Court.

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Purpose of a Motion DayThe purpose of a motion day is to allow the courts to hear certain types of issues on one day to create a speedy flow in the management of cases. In other words, the judges' dockets and peoples' motions are heard in a cohesive order which allows for efficient management of cases and can improve cost effectiveness. Monday is motion day in the Macomb Circuit Court.Important Characteristics for a JudgeThere are four equally imperative traits I feel a judge should encompass; fairness, legal analysis skills, diligence, and decisiveness. For a judge to make a ruling on a case, he or she must be impartial; to have a bias would mean that neither party is truly getting a fair trial. When a judge can apply and evaluate the law properly, most likely both parties involved will get a just ruling and the chances of appealing the ruling will be greatly decreased. This directly correlates with diligence. It is vital for judges to apply themselves to each case equally and not take the popular stand but uphold precedence. Finally, the judge must be able to make a firm decision, one that is fair, and based on the law.ObservationName and Location: Macomb County Circuit Court, 16th Judicial Circuit Court, 40 N. Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043Date Visited: February 27, 2006Names of Judges Observed: Judge Diane M. Druzinski, Judge Mark S. Switalski, and Judge Edward A. Servitto, Jr.The first courtroom I was able to attend was the courtroom of Judge Diane M. Druzinski. The case that was brought before her that interested me was People v. Pulte Homes. A lady named Tammy appeared on behalf of attorney Lynch, who was unable to attend that day. Tammy announced herself as a staff member of the firm and advised that she was there for a motion for adjournment of discovery dates. Judge Druzinski asked her to approach the bench and proceeded to turn off the microphone which then emitted static through the speakers. After a few moments, Tammy took her place back at the podium. The judge then made known that she was affiliated with one of the citizens in the case, and agreed to stay on the case but needed to advise counsel of the association. The case evaluation was set for April 10, 2006. Judge Druzinski then granted the request for adjournment and to extend discovery.The second courtroom that I observed was the courtroom of Judge Mark S. Switalski. As soon as the room was quiet enough, I was able to take notes from People v. Moore. The defendant was represented by counsel. On December 13, 2005, the defendant was charged with one count of aggravated domestic violence and received two years of probation and had court fines. Over 90 days had lapsed and the fees were not paid, but the defendant's mother went the morning of this trial and paid the $891.00 in court fees. Since the fees had been paid, the financial aspects were satisfied for restitution. The defendant stated that he accepted all responsibility for his actions but advised that he did not want to...

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