Detroit court doing well, no longer has to file performance reports

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit court is getting good marks from the state’s highest court and will no longer have to file special performance reports.

Since fall 2014, the 36th District Court has been required to file quarterly reports on its budget, caseloads and even the attendance records of judges. But the Michigan Supreme Court recently ended those reports, a year ahead of schedule.

Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. says the Detroit court’s chief judge, Nancy Blount, has been an effective leader. The court has been running a budget surplus.

A special administrator was appointed in 2013 to clean up the court after evidence of financial instability, bad customer service and inadequate use of technology.