Who is the Ypsilanti City Attorney?

Barr, Anhut & Associates, P.C. provides attorney services for the City of Ypsilanti on a contractual basis. John M. Barr is the designated Ypsilanti City Attorney. Assistant City Attorneys are Daniel J. DuChene and Jesse O’Jack. Jennifer A. Healy serves as a Deputy Freedom of Information Act Coordinator.

The City Attorney (Legal Officer) is mandated by City Charter Section 4.06. The City Attorney is appointed by the City Manager subject to confirmation by City Council. The City Attorney serves as chief legal adviser to the City Council, the Manager and all City departments, officers and agencies. The City Attorney represents the City in all legal proceedings and performs all other legal work as required by law.

The City Attorney serves as a member of the Election Commission and acts as City Prosecutor for the prosecution of all City misdemeanor and civil infraction cases. Attorney Jesse O’Jack is the city prosecutor for cases in the 14A-2 District Court.

Discovery Request Form

To get copies of police reports and other discovery, fill out this form, print out, and mail along with your check to:

Ypsilanti Police Department
505 W Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Download the Discovery Request Form Here.

As an attorney, how do I get my client's case adjourned?

If you are an attorney and need a first-time adjournment of your case prepare a stipulation and proposed order and email it to jojlaw@msn.com.

As a defendant in a City case; how do I get my case adjourned?

If you are not represented by an attorney and need to request a first-time adjournment we will not oppose your request.

You need to write to the court listing your reasons for needing an adjournment. Include in your letter your name, address, telephone number, charge, and date of offense.  Make sure your written request is received by the Court at last 2 days before your scheduled hearing.

The Courts address is 14A2 District Court, 415 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti MI 48197. 

The Court will consider your letter on the day your case appears on the Courts Docket and decide whether to grant your request or not. 

You should call the Court two days after the scheduled date to inquire about the Court’s decision and, if the court granted your request, to find out what your new hearing date is.  

Please be advised that the Court usually will not grant an adjournment of more than 2 weeks.  

Be sure to send us a copy of your letter by mailing it to Prosecuting Attorney, 105 Pearl Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 so our prosecuting attorney has a copy in case your letter is not in the Court’s file on the date of your hearing.

I have questions about my City prosecution case; what do I do?

If you are a defendant not represented by an attorney please send us a letter.  Include in your letter your name, address, telephone number, charge, and date of offense, and ask your questions. Mail your letter to 105 Pearl Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

We will do our best to get back to you within three business days.

I want to talk with the prosecutor about my City prosecution case; how do I do that?

If you are a defendant not represented by an attorney and want to discuss your case with the prosecutor, appear in court on the day of your hearing a little early. The prosecutor is available to discuss cases before the Court docket gets started. He will be standing behind the rail which separates the court seating from the Judges Bench. Go up to the rail, give him your name and the charge, and ask about your case.

If you have an attorney we cannot discuss your case with you; have your attorney call or write us.