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Posted on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 4:50 p.m.

Commissioner: Proposed closure of Chelsea district court rejected

By Amy Biolchini

About a month after Washtenaw County Commissioner Rob Turner asked the 14A-3 District Court in Chelsea to close, Turner says the court will be staying open, the Chelsea Standard reported.

Turner had approached the Chelsea City Council in May to request that it consider closing the court as a cost-saving measure to the county.

After meeting with Chelsea officials, Turner said they had no interest in closing the court.

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Rob Turner

Lisa Allmendinger

The 14A-3 District Court sits at 122 S. Main St. in Chelsea and is one of four 14A District Court locations in Washtenaw County, the other three being in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Saline.

The 14A District Court hears misdemeanor cases, civil cases for disputed amounts less than $25,001, traffic offenses, summary proceedings, arraignments and preliminary exams. It serves the entire county, save for the City of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Township.

Out of all of the county court locations, Chelsea is the most remote and is housed in an aging structure.

Turner had previously suggested the cases heard in Chelsea be moved to Saline’s 14-A District Court, which is a newer facility.

For now, the Chelsea courthouse appears to be off the chopping block, Turner told the newspaper. The county cannot force the court to close.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at (734) 623-2552, amybiolchini@annarbor.com or on Twitter.

Comments

Joe_Citizen

Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 7:02 a.m.

The governor can close it down, but he probably will not shut it down. This is an established court house, and has been there for ever.

Melrose

Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 10:55 p.m.

I agree Guinea! To the first poster, each incorporated city of a certain size is entitled to have a court if it chooses. Though I appreciate Mr. Turner's attempt to save money. He seems to be a good Commisioner.

Guinea Pig in a Tophat

Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.

"Out of all of the county court locations, Chelsea is the most remote and is housed in an aging structure." Chelsea is the most remote? Chelsea and Western Washtenaw residents might disagree. What an odd statement. Also, that "aging structure" is a historical building. A pretty nice looking one, too!

cinnabar7071

Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 9:38 p.m.

"Turner had approached the Chelsea City Council in May to request that it consider closing the court as a cost-saving measure to the county. After meeting with Chelsea officials, Turner said they had no interest in closing the court. " Well thats what you get for asking. Is the court required by law? If not close it. Dexter doesn't have a court house, why should Chelsea be any different?

cinnabar7071

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 12:21 p.m.

ordmad sorry you're so confused, my comment was a question not an opinion. Funny part is I got 2 different answers to the question. You answer "It's about the geographic distribution of district courts across the county not what town "gets one" And the other "To the first poster, each incorporated city of a certain size is entitled to have a court if it chooses. " Now ordmad did you fact check?

ordmad

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 2:40 a.m.

It's about the geographic distribution of district courts across the county not what town "gets one. " Thanks for doing a little fact checking before offering your opinion.