City of Harper Woods
19617 Harper, Harper Woods, MI 48225
32A District Court
313-343-2590

 

Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

e-mail:  ruggirello_m@comcast.net

Contact Numbers:

General Information:  313-343-2590

Fax Number:  313-343-2594

Civil:  313-343-2592

Criminal:  313-343-2590

Probation:  313-343-2599

Traffic Division:  313-343-2591

 

The Court is Located:

In the lower level of the Municipal Building, off the Harper Service Drive between Moross and Vernier Roads.  It is at the Allard exit (#224B)
off the I-94 expressway. 

The 32A District Court was Established:

January 1, 1979 and has jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanors, civil cases, in which the amount in dispute is $25,000 or less, landlord-tenant disputes, small claims, traffic and parking violations.  In addition, the Court has initial jurisdiction on criminal felony cases for the purpose of determining probable cause.

Judicial Services:

 Roger J. La Rose has served as the District Judge since January 1, 1979.  He graduated from University of Detroit in 1967 and from Detroit College of Law in 1973.  He has taught criminal pretrial issues, fact-finding, and trial process at the New Judges Seminar.  He has also taught Implementing the New Drunk Driving Law in Michigan and Adjudicating Traffic Offenses for Michigan Judicial Institute.  He has served as President of the Michigan District Judges Association, Chair of the Judicial Conference of the State Bar of Michigan, and as Chair of the Modern Technology in the Courts Committee of the National Conference of Special Court Judges.

 Major Accomplishments:

 C.H.E.C Program – The Court Holiday Enforcement for Communities Program is designed to keep convicted high-risk drunk drivers from endangering the public by drinking and driving and eliminating alcohol related assaults including domestic violence. 

MADD Victim Impact Panel – Implemented in September, 1999, is the only one of its kind in the Detroit Suburbs.  This program gives the convicted drinking and driving offender the opportunity to go beyond their own “bad luck” and re-focus on the severity of the consequences of drunk driving to others.  This shows the drinker that poor decision making can lead to an even worse outcome.  The program is one hour long with two videos and features a speaker telling a story of a family loss due to a drunk driver.

Mediation Committee – This committee is used for property disputes, business and community issues, small claims, contracts, and neighborhood differences.

Misdemeanor Offender Program – This class provided by Renaissance Educational Programs is for the criminal offender who needs to assess why and how he/she reached this position in his/her life.  The class is a mechanism for the criminal offender to rethink the basics through self-evaluation strategies.  By the end of the class, the offender should be better able to understand conflicts arising between his/her behavior and value system.  The class is $50.00 and lasts six hours.

Urban Law ClinicLaw students from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, are able to council and represent indigent members of our community.  The students who participate receive course credit and valuable trial experience.

Volunteer Probation Committee – Is designed to assist the Probation Department with processing and monitoring cases.

Youth Advisory Committee – Selected juniors and seniors of the Harper Woods High School assisted the Judge in selecting topics to be covered at school seminars or town hall meetings.  They also participated in discussion relating to schools/community concerns, assisted at school seminars, compiled surveys, learned leadership techniques, and learned about the legal system.