33rd Circuit Court


Pursuant to Michigan law, the chief circuit judge annually reviews the performance record of the Friend of the Court.  The review will be conducted on or about July 1, 2022.  This review is limited by law to the following criteria:  whether the Friend of the Court is guilty of misconduct, neglect of statutory duty, or failure to carry out the written orders of the court relative to a statutory duty; whether the purposes of the Friend of the Court Act are being met; and whether the duties of the Friend of the Court are being carried out in a manner that reflects the needs of the community.  Members of the public may submit written comments to the chief judge relating to these criteria.  Send your written comments, with your name and address, to Hon. Roy C. Hayes III, 33rd Circuit Court, County Building, 301 State Street, Charlevoix, MI  49720. 

Department Contact:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
231-547-7264 (fax)

301 State St.
Charlevoix, MI 49720

(County Building: 1st floor)

Honorable Roy C. Hayes III, Chief Judge
Honorable Valerie K. Snyder, Presiding Judge, Family Division
Scott T. Beatty, Domestic Relations Referee

Court Staff:
Melinda MorganCourt Administrator, ADR Clerk, ADA Coordinator
Brieann Carey, Assignment Clerk, Collections Manager

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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