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New docket to cut court time for traffic tickets in 36th District Court

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DETROIT (AP) -

A new process designed to cut down court time for traffic ticket cases kicks off next week in Detroit's 36th District Court. 

State Appeals Court Judge Michael Talbot says the pre-hearing docket starts Monday and lets ticketed motorists meet with police representatives who will review driving records to determine if reduced pleas can be offered. 

Motorists who accept the pleas then can pay reduced tickets in the courthouse. Hearings will be scheduled for motorists who turn down reduced pleas. 

The new docket also is expected to reduce the time police officers spend in court. 

The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Talbot as special administrator for 36th District Court after a report revealed it was plagued by financial mismanagement, a backlogged docket and a bloated payroll.

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