The Magistrates are responsible for:
- Conducting arraignments
- Small Claims hearings
- Informal hearings
- Setting bond
- Performing marriages
Andra V. Richardson
Andra Richardson graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 1987. Upon becoming a member of the bar, she obtained the position of Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor. In 1990, she became a Magistrate of the 52nd District Court, 1st Division. In addition to her duties as a Magistrate, Ms. Richardson is a practicing attorney with concentration in family and criminal law and is an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University. She was a member of Top Ladies of Distinction, 1993-1995, Jack & Jill of America, Inc, executive board, parliamentarian from 1993- 1995, and Legislative Liaison from 1998 to present. She is also a member of the Wolverine Bar Association and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan. Ms. Richardson is the mother of two daughters, Brittney and Chelsea.
Judge Michael Batchik was appointed to the 52nd District Court, 1st Division, on March 1, 1979. He has served as a District Judge in the 52nd District Court from that date, and served as Chief Judge from 1982-1986.
Judge Batchik attended DeLaSalle High School in Detroit and subsequently attended the University of Detroit, graduating as a Chemical Engineer in 1957. After completing law school with the Detroit College of Law, Judge Batchik was admitted to the practice of law in June 1966. Judge Batchik is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Judges' Association and Michigan District Judges' Association.
Among his many accomplishments while serving on the bench, in 1986 Judge Batchik created the Alternative Service Program, which is designed to have the defendant return a benefit to the community.
In 1956, Judge Batchik married Constance Jean Jesion. Five children were born of this marriage: Michael, Robert, Christopher, Patrice, and Michele. Judge and Mrs. Batchik have seven grandchildren.
Judith A. Holtz
Judith Holtz graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1966 and Wayne State University Law School in 1969. She practiced general law from 1970-88, with emphasis on appellate practice and research and writing. In 1992, Ms. Holtz became a Magistrate of the 52nd District Court, 1st Division. She is a member of the Michigan State Bar Association, Michigan Association of District Court Magistrates, Women Lawyers Association, Oakland Area League of Women Voters and the Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Society. She is Vice President of the West Bloomfield Township Library Board. Ms. Holtz is the mother of three, Meredith, Jason and Ethan, two of whom are also attorneys and grandmother of Noah and Emilie.