50th District Court – Pontiac, Michigan
The jurisdiction of the 50th District Court is all of the City of Pontiac. This court handles all misdemeanor cases and the initial proceedings in all felony matters.
The 50th District Court is located 70 North Saginaw Street, Pontiac, Michigan. This court’s jurisdiction is the entire City of Pontiac. All traffic, misdemeanors, and felony offenses that occur in the City of Pontiac are heard in this court. There are four judges and each has a reputation of being tough. It is not unusual for one of the judges to make a person post cash as a bond and place conditions on the bond such as drug and/or alcohol testing, no traveling, the mandatory wearing of a tether device, and more.
The misdemeanor offenses that are heard in the 50th District Court can include identity theft, assault, assault and battery, disorderly person, drunk driving, DUI, OWI, obstruction of a police officer, possession of drugs, domestic violence, traffic offenses such as driving while license suspended, (DWLS), and no valid operator’s license on person (no-ops). The felony offenses are heard at the 50th District Court for arraignment and probable cause hearings. They can range from certain drug offenses, embezzlement, 3rd offense drunk driving, felonious assault, fraudulent use of a credit card, rape, and murder. This court participates in the Court in the Schools Program which takes an actual session of court to the local high schools so the students can see the inner workings of the court. The court is also developing a Sobriety Court Program that is designed to help substance abusers and a Veterans Court Program that is intended to help military veterans that are convicted of criminal offenses.
The Judges of the 50th District Court:
Judge Cynthia Walker has served on the 50th District Court bench since September 2003 and was appointed as its chief judge in January 2010. During her 20 years as an attorney prior to becoming a judge, Judge Walker held a variety of civil, criminal, and administrative positions, having previously worked as Court Administrator for the 50th District Court, as City Attorney for Pontiac, and as a staff attorney for UAW Legal Services and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. Judge Walker is a 1982 graduate of Valparaiso University Law School.
Judge Ronda M. Fowlkes Gross was elected to the 50th District Court in November 2008. She is the first non-incumbent woman elected to the 50th District Court. She previously served 13 years as an Oakland County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney prior to her election to the bench. Judge Gross is a 1994 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University in 1983 and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University in 1989.
Judge Michael C. Martinez was appointed as a judge to the 50th District Court in Pontiac by Governor Jennifer Granholm on March 19, 2004, and was elected in November 2004. Judge Martinez is a native of Pontiac, a University of Michigan graduate, as well as a Wayne State University Law School graduate. Before his appointment, he served seven years as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Pontiac. Prior to working for the City of Pontiac, Judge Martinez was an attorney in private practice and also worked as a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York-Criminal Defense Division.
Judge Preston G. Thomas was elected to the bench of the 50th District Court in November of 1998. Judge Thomas was formerly employed as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Pontiac and Legislative Auditor for the Pontiac City Council. He is a 1982 graduate of Wayne State University Law School.
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys that regularly practice in the 50th District Court
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