Circuit Court

 

Mission Statement

Purpose:

"The purpose of the Macomb County Circuit Court is to serve the public by providing a fair, expeditious and impartial forum for the resolution of civil and criminal matters through the rule of law.”

Critical Functions:

  • Administration of Court and staff
  • Management of case flow
  • Record keeping/County Clerk
  • Jury management
  • Public information and education

Core Values:

  • Honesty and Integrity – telling the truth and fulfilling promises.
  • Principled decision making – guided by the rule of law and due process.
  • Independence of the judiciary.
  • Impartiality of the tribunal – free from bias and discrimination.
  • Reasonable access to justice – reasonable schedules, promptness and continuously striving to improve processes.
  • Courtesy and consideration for all.
  • Openness – our processes are open to public scrutiny and critical analysis.
  • Cost effectiveness.

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Locations

The Macomb County Circuit Court has two locations:

The Circuit Court location is:  40 N. Main St., Mt. Clemens, MI  48043

All Judges are located on N. Main in downtown Mt. Clemens. Follow 'Directions to the Court Building' in the right bar for a map to our N. Main location.

The Juvenile Division is:  380 N. Rose, Mt. Clemens, MI  48043

For a map to the Juvenile Division location follow the 'Juvenile Division' link in the left bar.

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Parking

There is a parking structure next to the Court building.  The public spaces are on the top two levels of the structure.  The cost is $4, which must be paid through an automated kiosk on the C level before exiting.  There is metered angle parking in front of the Court building for short visits.  The City of Mount Clemens also maintains several metered parking lots a short walk away.  SMART offers a shuttle service to a free parking lot on North River Road.  The shuttle runs from 7:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and transports passengers every 15 minutes, there is a $2.00 round trip fee for this service. Contact SMART for more information at (586) 469-7433.  Click on the 'Directions to the Court Building' link for a map showing the building and the free North River Road parking lot.

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Court Hours

The standard business hours of the Court are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

In the following instances the business hours of Departments of the Court vary from standard business hours:

The hours for holding court in the courtrooms are from 8:30 a.m. to Noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., unless a judge directs that his or her hours of holding court are 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or unless otherwise ordered by the trial judge or the Chief Judge in a particular case.

Orders and judgments may be submitted to judges’ clerks for signing and entry only during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to Noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

With the permission of the Chief Judge, specific offices of the Court may maintain public service hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Court Administration is available to serve the public from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 Monday through Friday.

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Clerk of the Court

The Macomb County Clerk is the Clerk for the Macomb County Circuit Court. The Court Section of the Clerk's Office maintains the Court files, indexes and other records of the Court and permits access to these records in accordance with the law. Computer terminals are available in the Court Section for the public to review Court records. Copies of documents may be obtained from the file room of the Clerk's Office.  Click here for information about the Macomb County Clerks Office.

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Filings

Lawsuits are initiated by filing the necessary documents with this department. All case related filings are done with the Clerk of the Court.  The Court Section is located on the 1st floor of the Macomb County Court Building, 40 N. Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043.

For additional information about the Clerk's office, visit the Clerk's Office Web Site named "County Clerk Home" at the top of this page.

Filing Fees

Filing Fees in the Circuit Court are set by statute and Michigan court rules.  This link takes you to a Web site listing Circuit Court Fees.  This site is maintained by the State Court Administrative Office and is periodically updated.  The fee for filing a motion is set by MCL 600.2529(1)(e).  Motions are further governed by Michigan court rule 2.119(G).  The wavier or suspension of filing fees is governed by MCR 2.002.

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Case Type Codes

A case type code must be assigned to each case filed in the Circuit Court according to the principal subject matter of the action. To access the current list of case type codes in pdf format, click here.

The list of case type codes is also available from the Michigan Supreme Court's web site. To access that site, click here.

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Motions

Cases may brought to the attention of judges on miscellaneous motions under Michigan Court Rule 2.119.  The motion day in the Macomb Circuit Court is Monday.  In the event a Monday is a court holiday, motions will be held the next day, Tuesday.  Motions are scheduled in the morning, except that the Family Division directs domestic relations motions in which the parties are representing themselves (called 'pro per') are scheduled on Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. and are heard by Friend of the Court Referees. See below for times and special rules.

A motion is placed on the docket in the Macomb Circuit Court via a Request for a Hearing on a Motion forms, which is available on this site on the Forms page.

JUDGE JAMES BIERNAT, JR:

  • Motions - 8:30 a.m.
  • Summary Disposition Motions - 10:00 a.m.
  • PPO Motions - 11:00 a.m.

JUDGE RICHARD L. CARETTI:

  • Motions - 9:00 a.m.
  • Criminal Motions - Mondays at 9:00 a.m.

JUDGE MARY A. CHRZANOWSKI:

  • Motions - 8:00 a.m.

JUDGE DIANE M. DRUZINSKI:

  • Motions - 8:30 a.m.

JUDGE JENNIFER FAUNCE:

  • Motions - 8:30 a.m.

JUDGE JOHN C. FOSTER:

  • Motions - 8:00 a.m.
  • Criminal Motions - 9:30 a.m.

JUDGE KATHRYN A. GEORGE

  • Motions, PPO's & Denovos (with an attorney) - 8:30 a.m.
  • Motions, PPO's & Denovos (in pro per) - 1:30 p.m.
  • Pro Cons (with an attorney) - Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Pro Cons (in pro per) - Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.

JUDGE PETER J. MACERONI:

  • Motions - 8:30 a.m.
  • Criminal Motions - 10:00 a.m.

JUDGE EDWARD A. SERVITTO:

  • Motions - 8:30 a.m.
  • Summary Disposition Motions - 8:30 a.m. (adjournments must be granted by the Court)
  • PPO Motions - 10:00 a.m.

JUDGE MARK S. SWITALSKI:

  • Motions - 9:00 a.m

JUDGE MATTHEW SWITALSKI:

  • Motions (with an attorney) - 8:30 a.m.
  • Motions (in pro per) - 1:30 p.m.
  • Pro Cons (with our without an attorney) - Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.

JUDGE KATHY A. VIVIANO:

  • Motions - (with an attorney) - 8:30 a.m.
  • Motions (in pro per) - 1:30 p.m.
  • Prosecutor Judgments - 11:00 a.m.
  • Pro Cons - Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:00 a.m. ONLY

JUDGE TRACEY A. YOKICH:

  • Motions (with an attorney) - 9:00 a.m.
  • Motions (in pro per) - 1:30 p.m.
  • Attorney Denovo Hearings - 9:00 a.m.
  • Pro Per DeNovo Hearings - 10:00 a.m.
  • Attorney Pro Cons - Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:00 a.m.
  • Pro Per Pro Cons - Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
  • Prosecutor Judgments - Mondays at 9:00 a.m.
  • All PPO Motions (attorney and pro per) - Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
  • All other Motions not FOC - Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

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Criminal Assessments

For questions and information about assessments in criminal cases, click here.

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Court Officers

The Chief Judge of the Macomb County Circuit Court has appointed the following persons as independent contractor court officers to seize property or conduct evictions, pursuant to MCR 3.106. Under MCR 3.106(B)(1), the Macomb County Circuit Court provides that property shall be seized and evictions conducted only by: (a) court officers and bailiffs serving this Court; (b) Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs; (c) officers of the Department of State Police in an action in which the State is a party; and (d) police officers of an incorporated city or village in an action in which the city or village is a party.

COURT OFFICER
CONTACT NUMBER
DATE APPOINTED
DATE APPOINTMENT ENDS
Sam M. Agostino
(586) 295-3690
11/2/12
11/1/14
Robert F. Castro, Jr.
(586) 405-1774
11/2/12
11/1/14
Michael C. Maison
(586) 944-9265
11/22/15
11/21/15
Vito Manzella
(586) 431-3774
6/15/12
6/14/14
Leonard J. Rancilio
(586) 792-4620
11/2/12
11/1/14
James Zelmanski
(586) 556-2346
9/17/12
9/16/14

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Court Holiday/Furlough Day Schedule - 2014

New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 20, 2014
Presidents' Day Monday, February 17, 2014
Good Friday Friday, April 18, 2014 (1/2 day)
Memorial Day Monday, May 26, 2014
Independence Day Friday, July 4, 2014
Labor Day Monday, September 1, 2014
Columbus Day Monday, October 13, 2014
General Election Day Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Veterans' Day Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27, 2014
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 28, 2014
Christmas Eve Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25, 2014
New Year's Eve Wednesday, December 31, 2014

 

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Temporary Admission of Out-of-State Counsel

As of September 1, 2008 there is a new Court Rule govering temporary admission.  Do not use the local forms for requests.  See the attached Michigan Supreme Court order for the new procedure, click here.

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Self-Help Information

The Michigan State Court Administrative Office has information available to the public on its Web site in the Self-Help Center.

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Macomb County District Courts

For information on other courts in Macomb County follow this link:  Directory of District Courts in Macomb County



 
 
 
 


          
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