County wins one battle in 3rd Circuit case

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled March 16 that Wayne County does not have to comply with a trial court order granting the Third Circuit Court additional funding until it has an opportunity be heard on appeal. The high court granted the county’s request for a stay pending appeal.

The trial court had ruled in favor of the Circuit Court, granting its request for millions of dollars in additional funding, and a new courthouse, at a cost of $500 million.

Wayne County appealed and argued that the court’s claims of inadequate funding abused is moot; that the lower court abused its authority by awarding unreasonable appropriations, outside what is necessary for the court to perform its constitutional responsibilities; and that the relief sought was not provided for under the Michigan Supreme Court decision in 46th Circuit Court v. County of Crawford.

The Supreme Court agreed with the county that it should not be required to spend taxpayer money on the court without having he opportunity to be heard on appeal.

The appeal is expected to be heard in May.

Source: Wayne County

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