A judge appointed to fix the finances of a troubled Detroit court is making changes to the way some key court hearings take place.
Starting Thursday, 36th District Court's preliminary hearings will be at the nearby Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, which houses the Wayne County Circuit Court's criminal division.
Michigan appeals court Judge Michael Talbot says in a statement that the change will reduce the safety risks and time involved in transporting defendants from jail. He says the change should also cut down on adjournments of preliminary hearings.
The hearings are held to determine whether there's enough evidence to send a case to trial.
Talbot says 36th District Court Judge Kevin Robbins will serve as presiding judge of a group of four other 36th District judges for preliminary hearings.