A new report is calling for the elimination of 49 judgeships in Michigan.
The 2011 Judicial Resources Report released Wednesday by the State Court Administrative Office says the state should reduce the Court of Appeals by four judges. The court currently has two vacancies.
It also says the state should reduce the ranks of circuit and district court judges by 45 by not filling seats as they become vacant.
The changes are being recommended in part because population shifts have reduced caseloads in some districts. Michigan is the only state that lost population between 2000 and 2010.
Earlier attempts to eliminate judgeships have been resisted by opponents who say the cuts would overburden the remaining judges. Lawmakers would have to approve the changes.
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