Judge Michael K. McNally was elected to the 33rd District Court bench in 1994, and assumed his duties in January, 1995. He was re-elected in 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018. Judge McNally served as Chief Judge of the Court from 1998 – 2001, 2006 – 2009, 2012 – 2013, and is currently Chief Judge.
Judge McNally initiated the Sobriety Court program and serves as its Presiding Judge. Sobriety Court involves extremely intense probation for those with serious substance abuse problems. The program has graduated 157 individuals since inception. The Sobriety Court is primarily funded with grant money acquired by the Court.
Judge McNally initiated the “Court to School” Program, where Judges conduct actual Court proceedings in area schools. 33rd District Court Judges have presided over approximately 300 cases in this program in the past 20 years.
Additionally, Judge McNally has implemented several other programs while Chief Judge, including a Collections Program which has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue; a Court Observation Program where offenders are sentenced to observe actual court proceedings; and a program for domestic violence offenders involving a “special” prosecutor.
Judge McNally has mentored more than 30 interns and established a “volunteer” program for senior citizens, involving them in the efficient operation of the Court. He also continues to coach the Trenton High School Mock Trial Team.
Judge McNally is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Wayne County District Judges Association (President, 2002-2003), the Downriver Bar Association (President, 1991-1992), and a variety of charitable and civic organizations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Outstanding Young Man of Trenton (1996), the Knights of Columbus Heart of Gold Award (1998), and the Downriver Irish American Club President’s Award (2002). He was also inducted into the Trenton Educational Wall of Fame (2018).
Judge McNally is a life-long resident of the area. He graduated from Trenton High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University. He graduated Cum Laude from the Detroit College of Law, earning a Juris Doctor.
Judge McNally is married and has three children.