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Criminal Assignment System: Policies and Procedures

General Operating Rules
  • The Criminal Assignment Committee shall oversee the administration of the Criminal Assignment System.
  • Applicants who have their primary place of business in Oakland County shall be eligible for participation.
  • A quorum of the Criminal Assignment Committee is required at meetings for application reviews and category placements, petitions for reclassification, complaints, and petitions for category reconsideration. A majority of those members present and voting is required to transact business.
  • Minutes and vote totals on categorical placements, petitions for reclassification, complaints, and petitions for category reconsideration shall be recorded.
  • Initial placements and categorical placements, as a result of petitions for reclassification, shall be based upon a weighted scoring system including, but not limited to, such criteria as criminal trial experience, criminal law education, participation in the Oakland County Bar Association Mentor program, second chair experience, and other relevant criteria as determined by the Criminal Assignment Committee in accordance with the authority granted it by Administrative Order 1996-02.
  • Notification of Criminal Assignment Committee decisions on category placements, petitions for reclassification, complaints, and petitions for reconsideration shall be made by the Court Administrator's Office.
  • All petitions and complaints, including records of disposition of such items by the Criminal Assignment Committee will be kept on file in the Court Administrator's Office.
  • Copies of these policies and procedures and the applicant's personal file shall be available upon request at the Court Administrator's Office and the Oakland County Bar Association.
  • Attorneys requesting temporary inactive status or termination in the Criminal Assignment Systems shall do so in writing; addressed to the Criminal Assignment Committee and filed with the Court Administrator's Office.
Application Review Process
  • Applications are available in the Court Administrator's Office upon request, or by printing the document from this Web site. Completed applications may be filed with the Court Administrator's Office at any time during the year.
  • Applications shall be reviewed bimonthly or at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Committee.
Reclassification Review Process
  • A Petition for Reclassification of Criminal Assignment Category form will be available in the Court Administrator's Office for those attorneys who wish to apply for reclassification.  A completed petition may be filed with the Court Administrator's Office at any time during the year. The Committee will review petitions bimonthly or at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Committee.
  • A Complaint Subcommittee will be established to review and screen all complaints for referral to the Criminal Assignment Committee.
  • A person subject to removal from the criminal assignment system is entitled to a hearing before the Criminal Assignment Committee upon request.

A. Category Placement Complaints

  • Attorneys may file a complaint concerning their category placement.  Along with the complaint, the attorney must specify clearly where his/her application has been mis-scored.
  • Category placement complaint forms and instructions will be available in the Court Administrator's Office upon request, or can printed from this Web site. Completed complaint forms must be filed with the Court Administrator's Office within 14 calendar days of category placement.

B. Complaints

  • Complaints may be filed by Judges, the Court Administrator, or Bar members against attorneys participating in the Criminal Assignment System. All persons subject to sanction as a result of complaints shall be entitled to a hearing.
  • Complaints must include by not be limited to, false representations in the application, misrepresentations in court, chronic refusals to take assignments without justification, failure to attend court dates, chronic tardiness, substance abuse, inadequate representation, disruptive or disrespectful courtroom behavior, disciplinary action by the State Bar, and failure to comply with the training, second chair, or mentoring requirements of the Criminal Assignment Committee.
  • Complaint forms and instructions will be available in the Court Administrator's Office upon request, or can be printed from this Web site. Completed complaint forms must be filed with the Court Administrator's Office.
  • Attorneys named in a complaint will be notified by the Court Administrator's Office and provided with a copy of the complaint. Named attorneys shall file a response with the Court Administrator's Office within 14 calendar days of their notification of the complaint or forfeit their right to a hearing.
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