DETROIT, Mich. (WLUC) - Michael J. Talbot, Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals and Court of Claims, is retiring April 25 after 40 years on the bench.
Talbot’s retirement takes effect almost exactly 40 years after his appointment to the Detroit Common Pleas Court by then-Governor William Milliken.
During his tenure, Talbot, 72, presided in nearly all levels of Michigan courts, from sorting out real estate conflicts and petty affrays in the old Detroit Common Pleas Court to setting up procedures for the Court Claims and heading an intervention into Detroit’s 36th District Court in the midst of the city’s historic bankruptcy. He also served on the Judicial Tenure Commission and helped guarantee victims a place in court and a voice at sentencing.
Off the bench, Talbot has chaired the Detroit Archdiocese Board of Review dealing with abusive and errant Roman Catholic priests, was past chair of the Archdiocese Board of Education, and serves as a trustee of Madonna University, Sacred Heart Seminary, and the Archdiocese Endowment Fund.
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