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Mailing Address: 200 Division St. Suite 100, Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 348-1711
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See Court’s specific hours and holiday schedule, click here.

 


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  • Judge Deegan

    Circuit Court Judge

    Honorable Jennifer Deegan
     
    Judge Deegan was appointed to bench in the 57th Circuit Court on April 16, 2021 by Governor Whitmer following the retirement of Judge Charles Johnson. 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.


CIRCUIT COURT STAFF

RACHELLE GAINES – Circuit Court Administrator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-1741


Kimberly Sweebe– Deputy Court Administrator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-1748

SAVANA CADARETTE – Legal Court Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-0697


Circuit Court Docket

(Anyone with a non-public case will not appear on this calendar. Contact your attorney or the court to verify your hearing date/time if your case is non-public.)

View Docket


Online records search is now available

The State of Michigan provides basic information for public cases and may be viewed online or by mobile device. Please note the online records search function does not work well with the Internet Explorer browser. It is recommended that users switch to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge when accessing the online records search here: https://micourt.courts.michigan.gov/case-search/court/C57


POLICY REGARDING REMOTE PARTICIPATION IN COURT PROCEEDINGS

All Circuit Court hearings will be held in person unless you get permission from Court staff at least 3 days prior to the scheduled hearing for good cause.

  Remote Participation Policy
– – –     Addendum to Remote Participation Policy
  Notice of Hearing with Remote Participation Form
  Contact Information Form for Remote Participants


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 Kyle Legel.


Important Information for Counsel and Litigants

The following information is available for counsel and litigants:

  PRE-SENTENCE INVESTIGATION REPORT (PSIR)
  EXHIBIT PROCEDURES
  JUDICIAL HEARING/OBJECTIONS TO REFEREE RECOMENDATIONS
  JURY TRIAL GUIDELINES
  SUMMARY DISPOSITION MOTIONS
  MOTIONS TO COMPEL
  AUDIO/VISUAL RECORDING SYSTEM INFORMATION
  POLICY FOR ZOOM EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS & TRIALS

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 website.


CD/TRANSCRIPT REQUEST OF COURTROOM PROCEEDING(S)

If you would like to order a CD and/or transcript of a court proceeding, please complete and remit the attached form along with a check/money order in the amount of $20 (processing fee) made payable to the 57th Circuit Court.

  CD/Transcript Request of Courtroom Proceeding


Approved Bond Agencies

  POLICY AND PROCEDURE MEMORANDUM
  BOND AGENCY APPLICATION AND AFFIDAVIT 
  BOND AGENT APPLICATION AND AFFIDAVIT
  2024 BONDSMAN LIST 


POLICY REGARDING EMAILS AND FACSIMILE TRANSMITTALS

It is the policy of the 57th Circuit Court that the Court will not accept pleadings via email and/or fax. Additionally, a Judge’s Copy must be provided with every pleading and tabbed accordingly.


Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
(231) 348-1700 | Contact Us