Introducing Judge Plakas

Office Contact Information:
Court Secretary: Katrina Wojtowicz
Phone Number: 734-781-0104

On November 4, 2008, at the age of 40, Jim Plakas became the sixth individual to be elected to the bench at the 35th District Court.  Over 450 supporters, 40 local Judges and countless elected officials attended his swearing-in at Plymouth’s The Inn at St. John’s on February 4, 2009.

During the 13 years prior to his election, Judge Plakas had a rare combination of balanced experience as an attorney which provided him with a smooth transition to the bench.  Throughout each of those 13 years, Judge Plakas practiced as a Prosecutor, Assistant City Attorney, Criminal Defense Attorney and Civil Litigator.  He represented his clients in numerous District and Circuit Courts throughout the State of Michigan, in Federal District Courts in Michigan and Arkansas, and in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals [Cincinnati].  He is the fifth individual from his former law firm to serve as a judge.

Judge Plakas is a life-long resident of Western Wayne County, and purchased his first home in downtown Plymouth.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Judge Plakas has been admitted as qualified to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is also a Member of the American Judges Association, the American Bar Association and the Hellenic Bar Association.  Judge Plakas has also been a Licensed Builder with the State of Michigan since 1995.