Mailing Address: 200 Division St, Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 348-1748
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Circuit Court Judge
Honorable Charles W. Johnson
Judge Johnson took the bench in the 57th Circuit Court on January 1, 1995. 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 Administrator
Phone: (231) 348-1741
In addition to her administrative duties, Cheryl also serves as the ADA Coordinator and the Collections Manager for Circuit Court. She works with offenders who have payment obligations to ensure timely payment of fines, court costs, restitution, and other financial assessments. Offenders wishing to make payment arrangements to avoid sanctions for nonpayment should contact the Circuit Court.
The following documents are available to download:
• Petition / Affidavit – Personal Protection Order (domestic)
• Petition / Affidavit – Personal Protection Order (non-domestic)
• Petition / Affidavit – Personal Protection Order (non-domestic sexual assault)
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/CaseSearch/Court/C57
Remote Participation in Court Proceedings
With many people still taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 57th Circuit Court has established a policy regarding participation in court proceedings from a remote location. That policy and related forms are listed below:
• Remote Participation Policy
• Notice of 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 Scott Beatty.
Important Information for Counsel and Litigants
The following information is available for counsel and litigants:
• PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATION REPORT (PSIR) – Confidentiality and Challenges
• EXHIBIT PROCEDURES
• JURY TRIAL GUIDELINES
• SUMMARY DISPOSITION MOTIONS
• MOTIONS TO COMPEL
• AUDIO/VISUAL RECORDING SYSTEM INFORMATION
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 TRANSMITTALS
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.