57th Circuit Court

200 Division St.
Petoskey, MI  49770
(231) 348-1748
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Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Judge Johnson 1


Circuit Court Judge
The Hon. Charles W. Johnson










Circuit Court Administrator & ADA Coordinator
Cheryl Fitzgerald

Collections Manager

The Collections Manager will work with offenders to ensure timely payment of fines, court costs, restitution and other financial assessments. Offenders with payment obligations to Circuit Court may contact the Collections Manager Cheryl Fitzgerald by telephone at (231) 348-1748 or by email to cfitzgerald@emmetcounty.org. Offenders wishing to make payment arrangements to avoid sanctions for nonpayment should contact the Collections Manager promptly.




Circuit Court Assignment/Law Clerk
Juli Ryner












About the Circuit Court

The Circuit Court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Michigan. In general, the circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony criminal cases (cases where the accused, if found guilty, could be sent to prison). The family division of Circuit Court handles all cases regarding divorce, paternity, adoptions, personal protection actions, emancipation of minors, treatment and testing of infectious disease, safe delivery of newborns, name changes, juvenile offenses and delinquency, juvenile guardianship, and child abuse and neglect. In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from the other trial courts or from administrative agencies.

There are 57 Circuit Courts in Michigan. Circuit court judges are elected for six-year terms.

Friend of the Court

The Friend of the Court office is part of the family division of the Circuit Court and handles domestic relations cases where minor children are involved.

Important Information for Counsel and Litigants







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Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
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