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36th District Court expands online ticket resolution program

The 36th District Court announced Friday that the Online Ticket Resolution (OTR) Program is being expanded to include eligible traffic civil infractions issued by the Detroit Police Department.

Online Ticket Resolution is a quick and efficient way to resolve eligible traffic civil infractions online rather than making a trip downtown, paying for parking and passing through security screening to appear for a court date.

Individuals have the option to request consideration for a plea offer to a lesser or a no point violation by answering a few simple questions. A magistrate or authorized agency representative will review the individual’s eligibility and driving record, applying the same criteria as an in-person court appearance, and provide a response within 72 hours. The party will then have the opportunity to accept or reject the offer.

“The Detroit Police Department is the largest police agency within our jurisdiction,” said Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount. “Broadening the program to include DPD violations made good sense and is a significant achievement for us. More of our court users will now be afforded with the time-saving and convenient alternative of online resolution versus making an in-person court appearance.”

“Our team has worked diligently with DPD to get the program expanded. Online ticket resolution is mutually beneficial to the public, our justice system partners, law enforcement agencies and the court as a whole. It improves efficiency, saves time, and reduces foot traffic,” said Court Administrator Kelli Moore Owen. “We are very pleased to now make online ticket resolution available for traffic civil infractions issued by the Detroit Police Department, in addition to those issued by the Michigan State Police.”

This alternative option was developed by utilizing current technology and automation to further the court’s commitment to accessibility and offer additional enhancements and conveniences to the public.

Visit https://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/ to resolve your ticket online.


ABF establishes new Access to Justice Scholars Program

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) has been awarded a multi-year grant from The JPB Foundation to establish a brand-new access to justice program. The ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program will help to build the field of access to justice research in the United States. The director of the program will be ABF Faculty Fellow and Arizona State University Professor Rebecca Sandefur, who received a MacArthur “Genius” grant in 2018 for her access to justice work.

With this new program, the ABF aims to promote the next generation of access to justice scholars and to support the infrastructure of the burgeoning field of access to justice. The program will bring together cohorts of faculty scholars and a postdoctoral scholar to support research, mentor progress, and build intellectual relationships. By facilitating the translation of research into practice, the program will endeavor to generate more effective approaches to access to justice that combat poverty and improve justice for all.

“Access to justice research in the United States is at a key juncture,” says Sandefur. “This new program helps ensure its continued vitality and development in sophistication and impact.”


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