Washtenaw County Judge Nancy Wheeler on extended medical leave one month after suffering stroke
Dwyer said the other judges of the Trial Court will manage Wheeler's docket starting next week and no dockets will be cancelled.
Beginning Jan. 30, retired Judge Charles Nelson will assume Wheeler's docket on a full-time visiting judge basis while Wheeler continues her recovery.
"Customers should continue filing and scheduling dockets for Judge Wheeler's cases as they have normally done," Dwyer wrote in the email, adding litigants seeking personal protection orders will continue to be referred to Wheeler's office.
"Her judicial assistant will review the pleadings and advise the litigant of the next step," he wrote. "Administrative Coordinator Lynn Kneer and Judicial Attorney Bruce Crews will continue to perform those functions for visiting Judge Nelson."
Formerly known as Nancy Francis, the judge legally changed back to her maiden name last year.
Alma Wheeler Smith, a former 54th District state representative, said shortly after last month's incident that her sister had a very minor stroke and she was doing well. She said at the time, on a Friday, that her sister planned to be back to work the following Monday.
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