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 retired from the 52nd District Cout in 2004, he returned to the court in 2005 as a Magistrate where he continues to serve the public.
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 nine grandchildren.
Victor J. Zanolli, III
Victor J. Zanolli, III was appointed as a Magistrate in 2014. In addition to serving as a Magistrate, Mr. Zanolli also works in the private sector at Zanolli & Associates, P.C. where he has maintained a successful law practice for over 24 years. His firm handles all aspects of civil, criminal and family law matters. Mr. Zanolli has also had extensive experience in real estate matters as a former real estate broker.
Mr. Zanolli received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Michigan State University College of Law. He was also awarded the National Merit Scholarship Award.
Mr. Zanolli is the father of two sons, Jacob and Zachary. He also volunteers his time as a coach for youth sports including football and basketball. Mr. Zanolli is also on the board and volunteers for several nonprofit organizations which are devoted to educating young children in all aspects of life.
Mr. Zanolli is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Association of District Court Magistrates and is admitted to practice law in the federal courts of Michigan.