Honorable Carol Sue Reader
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Honorable Carol Sue Reader

Judge Name:Honorable Carol Sue Reader
Location and contact information:

Judicial Center, Courtroom 1
204 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
517.540.7635

Judge’s elected position:District Court Judge
Judge's role(s) with the Courts:Presiding Judge, Intensive Treatment Court (Mental Health Court), Family Court Judge
Case types regularly assigned to judge:All District Court cases, Divorce without children.
Judge's history on the Livingston County bench:
Elected January, 2007; re-elected January, 2013.
Judge's educational background:Washtenaw Community College with high honors, University of Michigan, Michigan State University with honors, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Judge's prior work history:Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office – office manager/paralegal investigator-9 years; Kizer Law Firm – paralegal – 3 years; Reck, Reck, and Erwin, office manager/paralegal – 2 years; Gladney and Reader – public defender contract – 15 years; Carol Sue Reader, Attorney at Law – private practice in areas of divorce, criminal and probate – 13 years; Gladney, Reader and Banks LLC – 2 years
Judge’s professional associations, awards, and other involvements:Co-founder, LACASA, 1980 – past board president; Book Award – divorce – 1990; Michigan District Court Judge’s Association, - Legislative Committee member; American Judges Association; State Bar of Michigan, Federalist Society; Livingston Interdisciplinary Professional Association; Goldwing Riders Association; National Alliance of Mentally Ill.


 District Court Cases

Practice Notes:
  • Criminal cases: Attorneys may contact my secretary to set up pleas at any time.
  • Alcohol case sentences can be immediate at plea with presentation of a completed screening and assessment.
  • Stipulation and Orders must compile with the Court Rules.
  • All civil cases over $2,000 are sent to case evaluation prior to trial.
  • Follow the pre-trial order including filing of trial briefs and exhibits on time or case will be either dismissed or default will enter.
Typical motion days:
  • Monday mornings – Criminal
  • Tuesday mornings – Civil and divorce; Evidentiary hearings and PPO, as needed.
  • Emergency Motions must be approved by the judge’s office before filing.
Packet(s) distributed at case filing:Discovery begins with filing in Civil & Landlord Tenant cases.
Motion practice: Adjournments
  • Call the judge’s secretary, get approval and new date.
  • Stipulation and Order is required for all adjournments and must state the number of the adjournment, the detailed reason for the adjournment and include the new date
Motion Practice:
Motion for Summary Disposition
File Motion and Brief per Court Rules and copy for Judge. Follow any pre-trial order that is in place.
Transcripts:

All transcript requests must be submitted in writing to the judge’s secretary. A transcriber will be contacted by the judge’s secretary and the transcriber will advise the ordering party of the deposit needed to start the transcript.

To view a proceeding request must be in writing to Circuit Court Administration.


 Divorce Cases

Practice Notes:
  • Settlement for any case (including other judges) will be heard at anytime.
  • Corroborative mediation is required on all cases except non-contested.

Typical motion days:
  • The expectation is that all parties will have attended at least one mediation session prior to filing a motion with the court unless uncontested.
  • Emergency Motions must be approved by the judge’s office before filing.
Packet(s) distributed at case filing: Divorce packet with instructions.
Motion practice: Adjournments
  • Call the judge’s secretary, get approval and new date.
  • Stipulation and Order is required for all adjournments and must state the number of the adjournment, the detailed reason for the adjournment and new praecipe must be filed.
Transcripts:

All transcript requests must be submitted in writing to the judge’s secretary. A transcriber will be contacted by the judge’s secretary and the transcriber will advise the ordering party of the deposit needed to start the transcript.

To view a proceeding request must be in writing to Circuit Court Administration.


Comments by the Judge:

The Courts resolve cases in a timely, efficient and fair manner within the laws and Court Rules. The Courts see members of our community that include juveniles, adults, and families at their worst. Everyone is in some type of trouble and they face losing their freedom or children or spouse. Some, in fact, lose everything. Often people of this community that find themselves in Court have complex issues that in the past were not considered. Now, collaboration with other community agencies and cooperation between judges addresses the factors that led them to their court case. The Courts then assist to encourage and guide behavioral changes in their life that impact a successful re-entry into our community. This thinking is state of the art. Our Courts now may address factors that may include other cases before other judges, specifics of the person’s personal or family situation such as trauma (whether it was childhood abuse or service in our military), untreated mental illness, domestic violence, substance abuse, challenges in meeting basic needs, and other factors. Working in this way, with knowledge of community and family dynamics, and inclusion of expertise from community organizations and specialists, effectively and efficiently uses our resources, creates a safer community, gives less recidivism, saves the tax payers money, and enhances the well being of the people after a court case and our community members. Livingston County is already involved in pilot specialty courts using this approach. We have come a long way to better serve the members of our community. With everyone’s support, we will continue to change and grow to meet the community needs and initiatives of our community.