Michigan Circuit Court

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Michigan Circuit Courts

The Michigan Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction in the Michigan court system.


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 (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 child abuse and neglect. In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from the other trial courts (District and Probate) or from an administrative agency.[1]


There are 57 circuit courts in Michigan, which handle the following court actions:

  • Domestic Relations
  • Emancipation of Minor
  • Garnishment
  • Name Change
  • Personal Protection
  • Seizure of Property
  • Order for Testing of Infectious Diseases

Court divisions

Circuit County # of Judges
1st Circuit Hillsdale 1
Berrien County Trial Court[2] Berrien 13
3rd Circuit Wayne 61
4th Circuit Jackson 4
5th Circuit Barry 2
6th Circuit Oakland 18
7th Circuit Genesee 9
8th Circuit Montcalm and Ionia 2
9th Circuit Kalamazoo 5
10th Circuit Saginaw 5
11th Circuit Luce, Mackinac, Schoolcraft, and Alger 1
12th Circuit Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw 1
13th Circuit Leelanau, Antrim and Grand Traverse 2
14th Circuit Muskegon 4
15th Circuit Branch 2
16th Circuit Macomb 12
17th Circuit Kent 10
18th Circuit Bay 3
19th Circuit Benzie, Manistee 1
20th Circuit Ottawa 4
21st Circuit Isabella 2
22nd Circuit Washtenaw 5
23rd Circuit Iosco, Arenac, Alcona, Oscoda 3
24th Circuit Sanilac 1
25th Circuit Marquette 2
26th Circuit Alpena, Montmorency 1
27th Circuit Oceana, Newaygo 2
28th Circuit Wexford, Missaukee 1
29th Circuit Gratiot, Clinton 2
30th Circuit Ingham 7
31st Circuit St. Clair 3
32nd Circuit Ontonagon, Gogebic 2
33rd Circuit Charlevoix 1
34th Circuit Ogemaw, Roscommon 1
35th Circuit Shiawassee 1
36th Circuit Van Buren 3
37th Circuit Calhoun 4
38th Circuit Monroe 3
39th Circuit Lenawee 2
40th Circuit Lapeer 2
41st Circuit Iron, Dickinson, Menominee 3
42nd Circuit Midland 2
43rd Circuit Cass 1
44th Circuit Livingston 2
45th Circuit St. Joseph 1
46th Circuit Otsego, Crawford, Kalkaska 2
47th Circuit Delta 1
48th Circuit Allegan 2
49th Circuit Osceola, Mecosta 2
50th Circuit Chippewa 1
51st Circuit Mason, Lake 3
52nd Circuit Huron 1
53rd Circuit Cheboygan, Presque Isle 1
54th Circuit Tuscola 1
55th Circuit Clare, Gladwin 2
56th Circuit Eaton 3
57th Circuit Emmet 1

See also

External links


  1. Access to Courts
  2. In Berrien County, the Circuit, District and Probate courts have been consolidated into a single trial court with various divisions.
  3. Michigan Courts, "Trial Court Directory," accessed July 7, 2014