Talbot taking over as chief judge of appeals court

Jim Lynch
The Detroit News

Michigan’s Court of Appeals has a new leader heading into a new year.

Judge Michael J. Talbot, who has served on the court since 1998, is taking over as chief judge of the judicial body. He replaces former Chief Judge William B. Murphy.

Previously, Talbot has served as a judge in Wayne County Circuit Court and Detroit Common Pleas Court. In addition to several years spent in private practice, he also worked as a member of the Judicial Tenure Commission.

The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Talbot in May 2013 as special judicial administrator over the once-troubled 36th District Court after a feasibility report concluded the city court, one of the largest and busiest in the country, was mismanaged and had a major backlog of roughly 500,000 cases a year.

Talbot implemented many reforms at the court including opening more courtrooms, assigning judges to specific dockets, expanding magistrate duties, moving most preliminary examinations to the nearby Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and technology and computer upgrades.

Appointing Talbot to oversee the court was only the second time in history the Michigan Supreme Court took full control of a local court. The district court returned to local control in September.

Talbot received his law degree from the University of Detroit and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. His new position makes him responsible for the court’s administration and management.

Talbot is completing the final year of a two-year chief judge term started by the outgoing Murphy.


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