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Circuit Court Treatment Court Programs now offer "Specialty Court Interlock Program."

Press Release

40 N. Main Street
Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043
Phone: (586) 469-5150
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James M. Biernat Jr., Chief Judge 16th Judicial Circuit Court,
Macomb County Probate Court,
42nd District Courts

For Immediate Release                                                     Date:  December 19th, 2023

Media Contact:  Jean Cloud



16th Circuit Court Treatment Court Programs now Offer
“Specialty Court Interlock Program.”

Effective September 19, 2023, 2023 PA 124 and 2023 PA 125 established the “specialty court interlock program.” The new program expands the eligibility of specialty court participants to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle and obtain a restricted driver’s license. Before the amendment, participation in an ignition interlock program was limited to DWI/sobriety court participants only. The new program expands to all participants who are eligible.

This program will now apply to all treatment court programs within the 16th Circuit Court; the Adult Drug Court Program, the DWI/Sobriety Treatment Court Program, the Mental Health Court Program, and the Veterans Treatment Court Program.

This expansion will offer many individuals the opportunity to earn their license back, while receiving appropriate treatment and participating in intensive supervision with the court. It will give program participants the incentive to address their needs while being accountable so that future suspensions are avoided. Chief Judge Biernat stated, “This new program will enhance the Court’s ability to provide services to the many individuals that desperately need the help to maintain their sobriety and to obtain their driver’s license back.”

For more information on any of the programs offered at the 16th Circuit Court you may visit our website at: or contact the Court Services Director at (586) 469-5016.

Department:16th Judicial Circuit Court
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