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Appellate Unit

Our mission is to protect the rights of victims throughout the entire criminal justice process and ensure the reliability of convictions.

About the Unit


The Appellate Unit responds to appeals in criminal and child protection matters in the Macomb County Circuit Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.  It also initiates appeals of adverse rulings.

Appellate attorneys constantly monitor changes in the law and provide those updates to all Assistant Prosecutors and area law enforcement officers.

They also provide research assistance to the trial staff when Prosecutors are in trial.

Parole appeals are also a part of this division. These cases involve the opposition to the parole of incarcerated inmates who are a threat to public safety or to individual victims.

Chief Josh Abbott 
Phone: 586-469-7767

Deputy Chief Emil Semaan 
Phone: 586-469-5674


Macomb County Circuit Court

Michigan Court of Appeals