Sterling Heights celebrates 50 years of 41-A

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published June 28, 2018

STERLING HEIGHTS — It reads like a math equation, but 41-A equals 50 for the local district court.

During a June 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved a resolution to commemorate the 41-A District Court’s 50th anniversary.

According to Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski, the state of Michigan created the district court system, and the state Legislature and the governor are honoring big anniversaries within the court system.

Kozlowski said the district court system was established by Michigan in June 1968. Most district courts officially started running at the start of 1969, she said.

“As you well know, this is also the city’s 50th anniversary as well, so this is an exciting time for the court,” she said. “The district court is often referred to as the people’s court, because the public has more contact with the district court than any court in the state, and many go to the district court without an attorney.”

The 41-A District Court has two locations: one in Sterling Heights and another in Shelby Township. The Sterling Heights location is at 40111 Dodge Park Road, near City Hall.

The court is held in order under Chief Judge Douglas Shepherd, Chief Judge Pro Tem Kimberley Wiegand, Judge Michael Maceroni and Judge Stephen Sierawski. Magistrate Michael Piatek attended the presentation and thanked the council for the recognition.

Mayor Pro Tem Liz Sierawski spoke on behalf of her husband, Judge Stephen Sierawski, who was out of town. She praised the 50th anniversary milestone.

“It puts us on the map,” she said. “These are some of the things that we provide to our citizens, and it is certainly run very well — of course, I personally think — with great expertise and with great people.”

Mayor Michael Taylor gave his perspective on the district court from an attorney’s point of view.

“As an attorney myself, a district court is a place where the judges and the magistrates are able to show compassion for people and treat them with dignity,” he said.

“It is a neighborhood court that involves people in the neighborhood, in the community, that make decisions that affect the community.”

Find out more about the 41-A District Court by visiting www.sterling-heights.net.