Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
301 State St.
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(County Building: 1st floor)
Honorable Roy C. Hayes III, Chief Judge
Honorable Frederick R. Mulhauser, Presiding Judge, Family Division
Scott T. Beatty, Domestic Relations Referee
Melinda Morgan, Court Administrator, ADR Clerk, Collections Manager, ADA Coordinator
Joey Phelps, Administrative Assistant
What We Do:
The circuit court is a trial court of general jurisdiction in Michigan, with very broad constitutional powers. The circuit court has jurisdiction over all actions except those granted by state law to other courts such as the district and probate courts, which are courts of special or limited jurisdiction.
* Civil Cases: In general, the circuit court has original jurisdiction in all civil cases involving more than $25,000. Examples of such actions include those involving vehicular negligence, personal injury, contract and property disputes, zoning and environmental litigation, products liability, medical and legal malpractice, and labor relations.
* Criminal Cases: On the criminal side, the circuit court handles all cases where the offense involves a felony or certain serious misdemeanors. Felony cases include those where the offender may be sent to prison, ranging from larceny in a building to first degree murder.
* Domestic Cases: The Family Division of the circuit court handles all domestic relations cases including divorce, child custody, visitation and support matters, paternity actions, separate maintenance actions, actions brought under the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, and personal protection orders.
* Appeals: The circuit court hears cases appealed from the district court and probate court and from various administrative agencies of state government, such as the Secretary of State and Michigan Parole Board.
Requests for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities
Link to Language Access at: http://courts.mi.gov/self-help/interpreter/pages/default.aspx
Link to Michigan Legal Help at: http://www.michiganlegalhelp.org
Additional Court information: http://courts.mi.gov/Pages/default.aspx
State Administrative Office Approved Forms:
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