MJA announces 2012 officers

Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge Timothy G. Hicks will preside as president of the Michigan Judges Association for 2012.

Hicks was a teacher before beginning his legal career in 1983. He practiced law for 13 years before his appointment to the bench in 1996. Hicks is a former chief judge of the Muskegon circuit and teaches classes for the Michigan Judicial Institute. Hicks has served on the MJA’s executive committee since 1998.

Joining Hicks in MJA’s 2012 leadership positions:

  • President Elect: Judge Lita Masini Popke, Wayne County
  • Vice-President: Judge Stephen D. Gorsalitz, Kalamazoo County
  • Secretary: Judge Paul E. Hamre, Van Buren County
  • Treasurer: Judge Colleen A. O’Brien, Oakland County

Caseload issues affect county’s courthouse consolidation dilemma

The Courier-Leader is reporting, “Van Buren County’s Chief Judge Paul E. Hamre shared news with the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners Tuesday afternoon that may affect the Board’s decision regarding the future of Van Buren County’s 7th District Court West, located in South Haven.


“The county commissioners are currently looking at the possibility of consolidating District Court East in Paw Paw and District Court West in South Haven, and have asked a special committee, chaired by Judge Hamre, to research the issue and bring a recommendation back to the Board for review.”