On December 29, 2009, the Court of Appeals published a unanimous opinion in City of Rockford v. 63rd District Court, No. 287501, affirming the trial court’s grant of summary disposition in favor of Defendants. The 63rd District Court is divided into two election divisions. Currently, Judge Servaas presides over the first division in a facility in Rockford, and Chief Judge Smolenski presides over the second division in a facility in Grand Rapids Township. Kent County, as the “funding unit” of the 63rd District Court, acquired property in Grand Rapids Township to consolidate both divisions of the court in a new facility. On February 4, 2008, Chief Judge Smolenski issued a statement indicating her support for the proposed consolidation, and stated that, as chief judge, she had the ultimate authority to decide whether both divisions would be consolidated. The Rockford City Council and Servaas objected to the proposed consolidation. Plaintiff brought suit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, on the ground that the proposed consolidation plan violated the statutory requirement that the district court “shall sit” in Rockford. The location of district courts of the second class is governed by MCL § 600.8251(2), which provides in pertinent part: “[i]n districts of the second class, the court shall sit . . . at each city and incorporated village within the district having a population of 3,250 or more . . . .” The Court of Appeals determined that the trial court did not err in determining that the 63rd District Court is not required to maintain a full-time judicial presence in Rockford. To “sit” has been interpreted by the Michigan Supreme Court to generally mean “to hold court” or “do any act of a judicial nature.” The Court of Appeals further determined that the trial court did not err in holding that the only judicial services the 63rd District Court must provide in Rockford are those it is required to provide under the District Court Act. The Court of Appeals also determined that the trial court did not err in concluding that, as chief judge, Smolenski had the authority to determine that Servaas would “sit” in Grand Rapids Township, despite his objection.