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Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 1:59 p.m.

Julie Creal resigns as chief judge of Ann Arbor's 15th District Court; ill health cited

By Ryan J. Stanton

Julie Creal has resigned as chief judge of Ann Arbor's 15th District Court, three months after making the decision to go on indefinite medical leave.

Court Administrator Keith Zeisloft said it's "because of ill health" that Creal has submitted her resignation, which will become effective Jan. 12.

Creal, a graduate of Pioneer High School who holds a law degree from the University of Michigan, was appointed to the bench in March 1999.


Julie Creal

Details of her medical condition have not been revealed publicly, but Creal said in August her doctors recommended she go on leave. She has been on leave since then.

Zeisloft said today he had no information concerning Gov. Rick Snyder's possible appointment of a new judge to serve out Creal's remaining term.

Some have speculated Snyder could leave the seat vacant to save money as Michigan continues to deal with budget woes. The state pays 100 percent of judges' salaries.

A Michigan State Court Administrative Office report released in August found 55 Michigan counties have too many judges. The report indicated that Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court had an excess of one judge position.

Zeisloft said it isn't being recommended the position be eliminated, though, because of the enhanced workload per judge resulting from the court's nationally-recognized and grant-supported problem-solving courts — such as the domestic violence court, sobriety court and street outreach court — among other factors.

Creal's docket has been covered in her absence primarily by Judge Elizabeth Hines and Judge Christopher Easthope, and to a lesser degree by retired Judge Ann Mattson and by 14B Judicial District Court Judge Charles Pope, according to Zeisloft.

Zeisloft said Magistrate Colleen Currie also has contributed to the extent that her authority as magistrate permits.

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Steve Pepple

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:56 p.m.

Several comments have been removed pending further review.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 11:38 p.m.

I second that request, Roadman.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 9:55 p.m.

Let us know when the "review" process is completed. Thank you.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : noon

Our prayers to you & the best always. Keep in touch. W & D. Saline

Jim Walker

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 3:48 a.m.

I will always be grateful to Judge Creal that she had the courage to rule that many of Ann Arbor's posted speed limits were not in conformance with state law after Public Law 85 took effect on 11/9/06. Most are still not correct as none of the obvious under posted limits have been corrected to the 85th percentile speeds of free flowing traffic under good conditions to maximize safety and minimize accident risks. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association, <a href="," rel='nofollow'>,</a> Ann Arbor, MI


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 9:14 p.m.

I wish Judge Creal the best in her retirement. She ran a tight ship while she was at the bench and will be greatly missed.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 8:49 p.m.

May she enjoy her health and retirement.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 10:28 p.m.

Ah, I see you couldn't resist.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 10:05 p.m.

Don't think I don't stand explicitly by that one, though. Why do you want me to cut and paste it? You'll have the problem I was on point -all over again. Sorry 'bout your status quo.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 9:33 p.m.

A much more gracious comment than those you made in mid August.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 8:18 p.m.

She was an excellent District Court Judge who was and is a positive influence in our community. Her departure is a great loss to the local judiciary. She recruited Chris Easthope to run in 2008 for the vacancy left by the retiring Ann Matson. Chris eventually beat three other hopefuls. I wish her the best of luck.

Marilyn Wilkie

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 8:12 p.m.

I too wish her the best and will have her in my thoughts and prayers.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 7:16 p.m.

I wish her the best. I used to deliver her Ann Arbor News when she lived in Alpine. She was always so nice.