Layoffs hit 36th District Court in Detroit

(WXYZ) - About 8,000 people a day walk through the doors of 36th District Court in Detroit and, now, for some—justice is not being served.

The 36th District Court is the largest in the state and one of the two or three largest in the country.

On Monday, a number of cases were adjourned or dismissed because prosecutors were absent from the court room.

The operation of the court is being impacted by Wayne County forced layoffs in the prosecutor's office. 

Twenty-two contract attorneys were out of a job as of last Friday along with three other contract employees.

Chief Judge Kenneth King is caught in the middle, he says, and he's frustrated.

There was no coverage by prosecutors of the traffic court docket on Monday —and the judge says that's six to eight courtrooms.

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