Michigan Compiled Laws, Chapter 600. Revised Judicature Act of 1961 § 600.1481

Sec. 1481.  (1) In every state court of record in Michigan inferior to the supreme court which has 10 or more judges, the judges may appoint an attorney to serve as judicial assistant to their court.  A judicial assistant shall subscribe a constitutional oath of office administered by the presiding judge of the court and shall file the oath with the secretary of state, whereupon the governor shall issue to the judicial assistant an official certificate of appointment under seal.  A judicial assistant shall be an attorney in good standing, licensed to practice in all courts of the state of Michigan and in the United States supreme court, shall have at least 5 years of active practice, including appellate experience, and preferably shall have had prior experience in government service in a legal capacity.

(2) A judicial assistant, acting under the direction of the judges, shall confer with the judges upon pending matters of procedure and substantive law;  conduct legal research, analyze briefs submitted and referred to the judicial assistant for comment and recommendation;  study pending legislation and current decisions for their possible impact on court problems, and keep the judges and court officers advised thereon;  recommend remedial legislation and draft that legislation, and draft legislation suggested or requested by judges or court officials;  act as official legal advisor to all departments of the court;  represent the court, the judges or court officers in court matters arising out of their official duties in situations wherein the prosecuting attorney or attorney general has conflicting interest or responsibilities, or is otherwise disqualified;  including court matters of original, as well as appellate jurisdiction affecting the court;  and act as amicus curiae in appellate matters of interest to the court.

(3) The compensation of a judicial assistant shall be fixed by the recommending judges within the sum appropriated therefor by the legislative body of the governmental unit, other than the state of Michigan, which pays the compensation of those judges.  In case 2 or more governmental units contribute to the compensation of those judges, the salary of the judicial assistant shall be paid by the unit, other than the state of Michigan, which contributes the greater portion of such salaries, unless the legislative bodies of the respective units elect to share in paying the compensation of the judicial assistant.  

(4) The term of office of the judicial assistant shall be coextensive with the term of the recommending judges, subject to reappointments for like terms.  The assistant shall be a public officer.  The judicial assistant shall not be subject to civil service regulation, nor to compulsory retirement.  Removal during any given term shall be by the governor upon recommendation by the judges of the court.


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