200 Division St.
Petoskey, MI 49770
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Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Circuit Court Judge
The Hon. Charles W. Johnson
Circuit Court Administrator & ADA Coordinator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Offenders wishing to make payment arrangements to avoid sanctions for nonpayment should contact the Collections Manager promptly.
Circuit Court Assignment/Law Clerk
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Provides basic information for public cases and may be viewed online or by mobile device. https://micourt.courts.michigan.gov/CaseSearch/Court/C57
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.
Circuit Court Referee
The Circuit Court Referee rules on motions regarding such issues as parenting time, child support, custody and other related disputes. The Referee works closely with Friend of the Court staff during these hearings. The Circuit Court Referee is Scott Beatty.
Important Information for Counsel and Litigants
More information on Michigan Courts, including different courts of the state, court forms, court rules, and case codes types can be found at the Michigan Courts web site.
STATEMENT REGARDING FACSIMILE TRANSMITTAL TO THE COURT
The 57th Circuit Court requires counsel and litigants to obtain permission prior to facsimile transmission of documents and cannot accept transmission of documents that exceed 20 pages.