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Court Of Claims Cases Moves To State Supreme Court

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Court of Claims handles most big lawsuits against the state. Since the 1970s, Ingham County Circuit Court judges ruled on those cases, but soon, they'll be out of their hands and in the Supreme Court's jurisdiction.



The Detroit bankruptcy, Governor Snyder's NERD Fund and teacher pensions are just a few cases that began in the Court of Claims in Ingham County. But lawmakers passed a bill to move all cases against Michigan's government to the republican controlled State Supreme Court.

But why now? "Because the most important cases are coming down. They want to rig the courts. They want to stack the courts. They don't like what's coming out because we follow the law," said Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, with the 30th Circuit Court.

Judge Aquilina says lawmakers plan to telegraph certain cases to courts where they believe they'll get a more favorable outcome.

"It's the legislature wearing robes and it is sending a message to judges that if the legislature doesn't like what we do, they're going to take away our ability to rule," she said.

Nonetheless, the bill is on the fast track to the governor's desk, where Wednesday he promised to sign it.

"Politics are politics. This is another case of, I believe this is the right thing because, again it allows judges from all across the state to hear cases that involve the entire state of Michigan," she said.

Republican Caucus Spokesman Ari Adler says only 3 percent of the state votes for Ingham County Judges. They shouldn't decide statewide matters.

The Republican led House also ruled the new law will take immediate effect. Governor Snyder is expected to sign the legislation into law within the next two weeks.

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