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STATE BAR PRESIDENT CRITICIZES MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT ORDER

 LANSING, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- State Bar of Michigan President George A. Googasian today called a Michigan Supreme Court order directing the Michigan Court of Appeals to expedite a hearing on a claim of appeal by General Motors Corporation "a decision which appears to exempt powerful interests from the monumental delays in our Court of Appeals that other less-influential businesses and individual citizens must tolerate.
 "Our Court of Appeals has been denied adequate financial resources required to deliver timely justice to citizens and businesses in our state," Googasian said. "Delays of four years and more are not uncommon, and when powerful interests are placed at the top of the Court's agenda by Supreme Court order, all other citizens forced to wait their turn must wait that much longer. This is simply unfair.
 "Perhaps if powerful interests such as General Motors were denied special privileges and required to experience the same intolerable appellate court delays the rest of us face, they would bring their influence to bear and demand that Michigan's governor and Legislature deal with this crisis promptly."
 Googasian noted that the State Bar of Michigan has appointed a Task Force on Appellate Justice which is developing proposals to expedite the business of the Court of Appeals in a fair and equitable manner and to reduce the delays which now characterize Michigan's justice system. Its report is expected to be submitted for approval by the State Bar's Representative Assembly in September.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas C. Oren or Karen L. Adams of the State Bar of Michigan, 517-372-9030/
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