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Lansing-area judge to lead statewide court office
LANSING — A Lansing-area judge who has been outspoken about how Michigan's local courts are financed is resigning to become administrator of the state court system.
Tom Boyd has been a District Court judge in Ingham County since 2005. The Michigan Supreme Court, in announcing the appointment, described him as "one of the state's most active judges in working to improve the legal system and the administration of justice."
Boyd will lead the State Court Administrative Office. Milton Mack is becoming administrator emeritus and will focus on mental health issues in the justice system.
Boyd was chairman of the Trial Court Funding Commission, which last year recommended that court revenue be sent to Lansing for distribution to local courts based on caseload and other factors.
Under the current system, courts rely on defendants — typically poor people — to pay a share of operating costs along with any fines for their wrongdoing. Local governments have unfairly pressured judges to raise a certain amount of money.
Changes would require a new law.