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By Thomas Marcetti, Staff Writer
Hillsdale Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2008 @ 03:31 PM
Hillsdale, Mich. —
The Hillsdale County Courthouse is not undergoing major renovations but some recent changes may catch your eye next time you visit.
More specifically, you might notice the lack of signs prohibiting firearms in the courthouse.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Smith said the decision was made about a month ago.
“Nothing happened,” he said. “I consulted with Judge (Michael) Nye and he had no problem with it.”
Smith said courthouses are not exempt under the concealed weapon statute and therefore there is no way to lawfully prohibit people with the proper license to carry a concealed weapon.
“When you think about it, it’s contrary to state law,” he said. “I know the Supreme Court passed an exemption to keep them out of courthouses, but that goes against state law and last time I checked the courts aren’t the ones who can make laws.”
Smith said there has never been a problem before and he does not foresee one in the future...........................[font=""]The judge wrote a letter to editor clarifying what he did. That letter is below.
[/font]Gun ban remains in courtrooms
I wish to address information that was reported in the June 18 edition of the Hillsdale Daily News regarding the removal of a sign prohibiting weapons in the Courthouse. My removal of the sign and comments regarding the same did not pertain to the courtrooms within the Courthouse.
In 2001, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order prohibiting weapons “in any courtroom, office or other space used for official court business.” The Supreme Court has unquestioned authority to set rules for safety and security within judicial branch facilities. Consistent with the Supreme Court’s order, I signed an administrative order in 2002, which remains in effect, prohibiting weapons in the county courtrooms or other space used for official court business.
The Supreme Court recognized in its 2001 order that many state courts share space with other local government entities and encouraged local courts to collaborate with those entities in developing a weapons policy. My comments were meant to clarify that our court could not unilaterally ban weapons in space used by other units of government. Absent a county policy adopted by the County Board of Commissioners, the single sign was removed from the west door of the Courthouse. The sign prohibiting weapons remains on the courtroom door.
In summary, weapons are still prohibited from the county courtrooms and other space used for court business. Signs will continue to be posted on the courtroom notifying the public of this fact. I trust that this explanation clarifies any misunderstanding of the court’s weapon policy.
Michael R. Smith
Circuit Court Judge