East Lansing nixes court consolidation plan

The Lansing State Journal reports this morning that officials of the 54B District Court in East Lansing have stonewalled negotiations that could have led to consolidation of Ingham County’s three district courts: East Lansing, the 54A District Court in Lansing and the 55th District Court in Mason.

Overall, the move would have saved an estimated $1.6 million annually, according to the LSJ’s story.

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas told the LSJ that the city was concerning about retaining local control. He questioned whether the city would actually save any money under the proposed consolidation.

Click through here to read the LSJ’s report, including a fascinating explanation from an Ingham County commissioner at the end of the story about other reasons why East Lansing wasn’t interested in the plan.


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