Daily Briefs

Free legal aid clinic scheduled for April 5

The Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA), in partnership with Oakland County Youth Assistance, will host a free Legal Aid Clinic on Wednesday, April 5 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the Southfield Public Library. Reservations are not necessary but are appreciated.

During this free clinic, attorneys and legal aid providers will be on site to provide basic legal information and brief advice and counsel in the areas of Juvenile, Family, Probate, Criminal, General Civil, Bankruptcy and Landlord/Tenant Law. Community members with legal questions are urged to attend this clinic to speak with an attorney volunteer or legal aid representatives from Legal Aid and Defender Association or the Family Law Assistance Project.

For more information or to RSVP for the Legal Aid Clinic, contact Merri Lee Jones at the Oakland County Bar Association at (248) 334-3400. The Southfield Public Library is located at 26300 Evergreen Road. The event is sponsored through the generous support of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization serving the legal needs of Oakland County citizens.


Notice to bail bondsmen

The Oakland County Circuit Court has opened a mid-year application period for new bail bond agencies that are not on the 2017 Bail Bondsman List and wish to apply and for those agencies currently on the list that wish to add additional agents. This mid-year application period is currently open and will run through April 28, 2017. The updated list will become effective July 1, 2017. Anyone already approved for the Jan. 1, 2017, list will not need to re-apply for the current year.

Pursuant to MCLA 750.167(b), the Judges of the Circuit Court are to annually compile and maintain an up-to-date list of the names of persons engaged in the business of becoming surety upon bonds for compensation in criminal cases. The statute states: “The list shall be compiled annually by the Judges of the Circuit Court of each Circuit, and the names of persons engaged in the business of becoming surety upon bonds for compensation shall be added to the list by the Judges upon proper application.” The Court will circulate the list to the appropriate agencies in accordance with the statute.

The Court Administrator has prepared two applications for bondsmen: one for persons backed by insurance and the other for persons backed by real property. Persons or businesses may apply for inclusion on the list under either category or both. (Statutory authority for this review appears in MCLA 765.20.)

Copies of the Bail Bondsman Application are available on the Oakland County website at http://www.oakgov.com/courts/circuit/Pages/form_application/default.aspx or available in the Court Administration Office.  The Court will only accept applications on the revised (08/2016) form. All applications must be submitted through the Court Administration Office, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Pontiac Michigan 48341, no later than April 28, 2017. For questions, contact Karen Koshen at 248-858-0296.


Court closure

The 36th District Cour will be closed on Friday April 7 due to Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day.