What Legal Services Are You Looking For?

Here is an overview of the services each Court provides.  Make your choice from the menu on the left. For more law-related information, click on the Public Safety, Law & Courts tab at the top of the page.   

Circuit Court

Criminal/Civil Division - North Circuit Courtroom

Jennifer A. Mazzuchi, Chief Circuit Court Judge

  • Civil cases where damages exceed $25,000 and/or where injunctive relief is requested.  For instance, personal injury, malpractice, auto negligence, prisoner litigation, and contract cases.

  • Felon criminal cases and forfeiture actions
  • Appeals from lower courts and administrative agencies, including drivers license appeals.
  • Property/boundary line/easement cases

Family Division - South Circuit Courtroom

  • Divorces with minor children
  • Establishment of paternity and support cases
  • Enforcement of child support orders
  • Resolution of parenting time conflicts
  • Enforcement/modification of terms of judgment of divorce

District Court

Roger W. Kangas, District Court Judge

Karl A. Weber, District Court Judge

In District Court you can:

  • Pay Traffic Tickets
  • Pay Probation Fines
  • File/Respond Small Claims
  • File/Respond Civil Suit
  • File/Respond Landlord Tenant Suit
  • Jury Duty
  • DC Criminal Process/Arraignment

Note:  If you need to contact the United States District (Federal) Court, please visit their website at: http://www.miwd.uscourts.gov/content/marquette  for contact information.

Juvenile/Family Court

Cheryl L. Hill, Probate Court Judge

  • Receive/Adjudicate/Dispose of Delinquency Cases (juveniles < 17 years old)
  • Adjudicate/Dispose of Cases Involving Abuse or Neglect of Children by Parents/Caregivers
  • Adoptions
  • Emancipation of Minors (giving minors same legal rights as adults)
  • Change of Name (adults and minors)
  • Parental Consent Waivers (authorizes minor to consent to abortion without parents(s) consent)

Friend of the Court

  • Maintains family support records
  • Takes enforcement action as necessary if there is non-compliance
  • Reviews child suppport orders
  • Enforces parenting tim and custody orders
  • When ordered by the court, makes recommendations as to child support, parenting time and custody.
  • Files interstate support actions
  • Completes conciliation conferences in new divorce actions

Probate Court

Cheryl L. Hill, Probate Court Judge

  • Stores Wills for Safekeeping
  • Conducts Court Proceedings Involving:
       Will/Heirship
       Trusts
       Guardianships
       Conservatorships
       Involuntary Treatment of Mentally Ill Persons
       Determine Legal Status of Disappeared Persons
       Authorize Marriages of Underage Minors

Law Library

The resources of the library include Westlaw Online, legal resources in print and Michigan Legislative booklets.
Westlaw in an online legal research tool and is continuously being updated. It provides quick, easy access to a vast collection of statutes, case law materials, public records and other legal resources.
A computer terminal is provided for online research.