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Chief Circuit Court judge reappointed for two-year term

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published December 4, 2019

 James M. Biernat Jr.

James M. Biernat Jr.

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MACOMB COUNTY — The Michigan Supreme Court has reappointed James M. Biernat Jr. for an additional two-year term as chief judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit, Macomb County Probate, and 42nd District courts.

Biernat was appointed to the bench in 2011 and elected as a judge in 2012. He began serving as chief judge in 2015 upon the retirement of former Chief Judge John C. Foster. Biernat was appointed to a full two-year term as chief judge beginning January 2016 and to a second two-year term as chief beginning January 2018.

During his tenure, the circuit and probate courts have completed multi-year campus renovation projects; the Circuit Court has brought on two additional judges to serve the growing population of the county and has expanded its e-filing pilot project, among other initiatives.

Prior to his career in the judiciary, Biernat was a Macomb County commissioner and an assistant prosecuting attorney.

Over the next two years, he looks forward to working with the Macomb County Executive’s Office to improve the delivery of indigent defense — as well as staying focused on implementing suggestions received through recent employee satisfaction outreach facilitation to improve employee engagement and retention.

“It really is a humbling vote of confidence to be reappointed as chief judge by the Michigan Supreme Court,” Biernat said in a prepared statement. “There has been so much progress on so many important projects in this court system, and it is great to be able to continue this work.

“I thank my colleagues and the court staff for all of their assistance and amazing dedication to the justice system and the citizens of Macomb County. None of our collective achievements would be possible without all of these talented people.”

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