Traffic Attitude Program (TAP)
The court's Traffic Attitude Program was designed for offenders of driving violations and is under the supervision of the Judges and direction of Probation Director Gerald Tarchala. The program is one of only several education programs in the State which is operated by a District Court. The program consists of approximately 10 hours of instruction including Michigan's drinking and driving laws: driving techniques taught by professionals, and a breathalyzer presentation by a Royal Oak police officer. The program ensures that the information offenders receive is consistent with the needs of rehabilitation and the priorities of the Court.
Community Service Program
This sentencing alternative to jail time provides Judges with the opportunity to order non-violent offenders to perform community volunteer work as part of their sentence or in lieu of payment of fines and costs if they are indigent. Placements are found in governmental , Church or community non-profit agencies and are supervised by the Probation Department.
Volunteer Probabion Officer Program
The Court provides an important link to the community through its Volunteers-in-Probation Program which has been in existence since the early 1960's. After completing a training course provided by the probation staff, citizens handle a caseload geared to their own time and availability. (for more information, call (248) 246-3670).
Educational Group Visits / Tours
The court encourages the community to learn more about its operation and jurisdiction through special arrangements. Local schools annually bring groups of students for tours of the facility, observing courtroom proceedings, and meeting with the Judges. (for more information, call Court Officer at (248) 246-3648.