The Rogers Elementary School students got an up-close look at how community government works Wednesday.
Second-graders from Rogers Elementary School got an up-close look at how community government works Wednesday when they visited 45A District Court in Berkley. The students saw the court in action and followed up with a question-and-answer session. "Judge Jamie Wittenberg is one of our parents and he ... invited us to come visit and see how part of our community government works," teacher Jennifer Butka said. "Had a nice visit this morning from the entire Second Grade at Rogers Elementary!" the judge Tweeted with a picture from the field trip.
A bill awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder's signature would consolidate the districts beginning in 2015.
Legislation awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder's signature would merge the district courts in Berkley and Royal Oak beginning in 2015 as part of a money-saving plan to reduce the number of judges statewide. Senate bill 1351, sponsored by Sens. John Pappageorge, R–Troy, and Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield, undoes the consolidation of 45A District Court in Berkley and 45B District Court in Oak Park into a single 45th District Court that was approved in February. The combined court still is operating in two buildings. “The workload in Berkley’s court is for 0.3 judges. It doesn’t take a full judge to handle the Berkley court,” Pappageorge told The Daily Tribune. “Royal Oak is around 1.7 or 1.8 and Oak Park is at 1.8 or 1.9. It just makes sense to move …