Commission: Michigan Trial Court Funding System is ‘Broken’

A committee has ideas on how to fix what they say is a broken trial court system in Michigan.

The Trial Court Funding Commission was created under a 2017 law.

Its newly released report focuses on how judges depend on money from defendant convictions to cover court costs.

The committee says the state should start a new fund for all trial court assessments, and distribute the money to courts based on caseloads.

They say court employees would become state employees, and technology needs would be funded.

The Michigan Supreme Court is considering whether court costs ordered by judges illegally taxes offenders.