Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger's office given Thursday deadline to clear e-filing backlog
Judge sends letter to Clerk's Office with clear Nov. 9 deadline
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A court letter could make for a very interesting day in Macomb County.
The letter states -- in no uncertain terms -- that the backlog in the Macomb County Clerk's Office must be taken care of on Thursday.
Chief Judge James Biernat wrote the letter, noting a backlog of more than 2,800 e-filings and more than 1,600 criminal history reports in the Clerk's Office.
Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit have been covering this story for some time. Rose Brookins said she has been waiting two months for a birth certificate.
"Two months just seems ridiculous and I still don't have an answer," she said. "It's a simple request that somebody at the county building could pull this kind of information."
Clerk Karen Spranger didn't have much of an answer when asked about the backlog.
"I can't answer that because it's on the people that take in the online ordering to do their job. Also, the situation with my supervisors not on staff," she said.
The letter claims the backlog not only affects e-filing requests -- which are supposed to be processed the same day they are submitted and no later than 48 hours after submission -- but also is "problematic for our judges that rely on these bundles being processed timely."
The letter from the chief judge also goes on record noting the multiple empty positions in the Clerk's Office. Spranger allegedly is declining or delaying to fill the positions.
The letter ends with: "If you are unable to comply with the court's requirements, we will take appropriate measures to ensure the court's work is completed timely."
View the letter here:
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