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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Appeals Court chief judge retiring after 40 years on the bench

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Michigan Court of Appeals

The chief judge of Michigan’s Court of Appeals is retiring. 

Michael J. Talbot has served as a judge for four decades. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1998. Talbot is 72 years old.  

Talbot has drawn praise for his skills as a jurist and for his administrative abilities.

While a member of the appeals court, Talbot is credited with cleaning up Detroit's 36th District Court in 2013-14. The district court had struggled with budget problems and employee issues.

Talbot also chaired the Detroit Archdiocese Board of Review, which dealt with abusive Catholic priests.

Talbot is stepping down in April, even though his current term runs through 2021.

Gov. Snyder will pick Talbot’s successor.