Marlinga announces retirement from circuit court


Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Carl Marlinga this week announced his retirement from the bench, effective today.

He is the second circuit court judge to retire so far this year; Judge Matthew Switalski did so in January.

Macomb County Probate Court Judge Kathryn George also retired last month.

Marlinga, 75, was elected to the circuit court bench in 2016 after serving four years on Macomb County Probate Court.

“Many of the judges at the 16th Judicial Circuit Court, and throughout Macomb County, began their legal careers working for Carl in the prosecutor’s office,” said Macomb County Circuit Court Chief Judge James Biernat Jr. “He has been a long-standing fixture in the Macomb County legal community, and we all wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Prior to joining the court, Marlinga was in private practice from 2004 to 2012. He served as Macomb County prosecutor from 1985 to 2004 and previously worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney.

In addition, he worked as a special trial attorney for the U.S. Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force, assigned to the Detroit office.

Marlinga, who obtained his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, also has worked as an adjunct professor for the Wayne State University criminal justice department. His classes included constitutional criminal procedure and the American court system.

As an assistant U.S. Attorney, Marlinga was awarded a commendation by the U.S. Attorney General for his work in white collar crime prosecutions involving frauds perpetrated on the US. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A news release issued by circuit court noted that Marlinga was instrumental in establishing the Macomb Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.) program to allow prompt examination and support services for victims of criminal sexual conduct.

It noted he served as the circuit court’s Mental Health Treatment Court Judge since the court’s inception in 2013.

He also was a founding board member of Care House, which provides similar services to child victims of criminal sexual conduct.

Marlinga’s term ends at the end of 2022. He cannot seek re-election because of the mandatory retirement age of 70 on new terms for judges.


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