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Circuit Court
40 N Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5208

Departments of the Court

Case Management Division 

The Case Management Division manages and tracks the progress of a case from case initiation through disposition.  The division is responsible for event scheduling, docket management, notice generation, dismissals for lack of progress, adjournment processing, tracking actions taken by each judge, disposal of cases pursuant to the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) caseload reporting requirements, and answering questions from the public.  The Case Management Division is responsible for reporting statistical information to SCAO.  Additionally, the Case Management Division is responsible for appointing counsel for indigent defendants, and appointing foreign language and American Sign Language interpreters.

Contact: (586) 469 5150

Motions: Clerks Office (586) 469 5351

Specialty Court Services 

Specialty Court Services oversees the Adult Felony Drug Court, the Veterans' Treatment Court and the Specialized Business Docket. The department also provides substance abuse assessments to the bench for all drinking and driving convictions as mandated. Applications to the specialty courts can be dropped off on the 5th floor of the Court Building or faxed to (586) 783-8179. For more information, or for specific forms, please refer to the websites for each area or contact the department at the number listed below. 

Contact at: (586) 469-5016

Specialty Court website links :

Judicial Aide

Effective December 27, 2016, Judicial Aide will be moving from its offices from the Fifth Floor of the Court Building to the First Floor of the County Building located at 10 North Main Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043.

The Judicial Aide satellite office located at 32 Market Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043 is not moving and will remain open.  This location will be closed for the holidays December 19th 2016 through January 2, 2017.

Judicial Aide is a division of the Macomb County Circuit Court Administration. The Macomb County Circuit Court Local Administrative Order 2010-1 governs the selection, appointment and compensation of counsel who represent indigent parties in the Macomb County Circuit Court pursuant to MCR 8.123. Defendants are not entitled to free representation and, based on their ability to pay, are required to reimburse Macomb County for the cost of their representation. 

Judicial Aide is responsible to appoint: 

  • Counsel to indigent parties for felony cases; 
  • Counsel to indigent parties for felony appellate and juvenile appellate cases; 
  • Counsel to parents and children for neglect/abuse cases; 
  • Counsel to juveniles for delinquency cases; 
  • Foreign language interpreters; and, 
  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. 

Judicial Aide has been designated as the Court's contact for individuals needing accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Judicial Aide is also responsible for collecting money from defendants that have been ordered to pay court assessments. We collect on court-appointed counsel, foreign language interpreters, transcript fees and expert witness fees. We work with defendants on payment arrangements, wage assignments, processing requests for information, the approval for return of cash bonds and requests to duplicate video courtroom proceedings in which a court reporter is not present. All requests for payments (counsel, interpreter, ASL, expert witness and transcripts) are reviewed and verified by staff prior to submission of payment. 

Other responsibilities of this division includes financial reviews, financial recommendations to the Circuit Court Bench at sentencing and/or hearings, cashiering and returning restitution funds to victims. 

Contact: (586) 469 5156

Click here to visit the Circuit Court Forms page where you can find all Judicial Aide forms, applications, and fee schedules. 

Family Counseling Service

Family Counseling assists the Macomb County Circuit Court in the assessment of domestic cases in which issues of custody and parenting time of minor children have been brought before the Court. These may be situations with parties who have never married, have divorced, or who are in the process of divorcing. Services are rendered only upon referral order of the Court. 

Services are provided by independent contractors. 

A fee is charged for each service and must be paid before appointments may be set. The Judge determines the amount of the fee to be paid when the case is referred. Generally, the fee is $700.00. The Judge will determine how the fees are to be paid; each party normally pays half of the fee. Fees are payable at the office of the Family Counseling Service. If the fees are paid by check or money order, they must be made payable to Macomb County. Fees may be paid by credit card by calling Government Payment Services, Inc. at 1-888-604-7888. There is a service fee for payments made by credit card.

Initial appointments are usually set at 9:00 a.m. or at 1:00 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments are not available. The parent who maintains physical custody is usually scheduled for the first appointment. Children ages five years and older are also seen. It is recommended that another adult accompany the parent who brings the children to the interview as the children remain in the waiting room during the parent's interview.

Services of Family Counseling:

Evaluation - Evaluations consist of a one-time interview of the parties, minor child(ren) ages five years and older, significant others, current spouses, and/or other parties as the Judge or contractor determine necessary. A written report and recommendation is submitted to the Court.

The parties and minor child(ren) are interviewed individually. The written recommendation is the opinion of the independent contractor conducting the evaluation. The Judge makes the final decision. Copies of the report are sent to the Judge, to the Friend of the Court and to each attorney or non-represented party.

Parental Coordination Evaluation - The purpose of this program is to help monitor parenting time issues. Four to six sessions are scheduled with the parties seen individually or together. The parties sign a release form which allows immediate feedback to be provided to the Court regarding parenting time issues. The fee for this service is $800.00.

Counseling - 'Counseling' consists of four to six sessions. Issues relating to parenting time or custody matters are discussed. Any information obtained during these sessions is confidential. No report or recommendation is submitted to the Court. The parties, minor child(ren) ages five years and older, significant others, current spouses, or other parties that the Judge or independent contractor determine necessary will be seen during this time. The appointment with the custodial parent and minor child(ren) is designated as Session 1; the appointment with the non-custodial parent is designated as Session 2. Subsequent joint sessions are set to the schedule of the parties and the independent contractor.

Mediation - Mediation consists of four to six sessions. The parties work with the independent contractor to prepare a written agreement which outlines their parenting issues. Any information obtained during these sessions is confidential. A summary of the parties' agreement will be submitted to the Court and the Friend of the Court at the conclusion of the mediation sessions. The appointment with the custodial parent and minor child(ren) is designated as Session 1; the appointment with the non-custodial parent is designated as Session 2. Subsequent joint sessions are set to the schedule of the parties and the contractor.

Contact: (586) 469-5204

Friend of the Court

The Friend of the Court was created by State statute to assist the Court in handling domestic relations cases.

More details on the Friend of the Court are available at Friend of the Court

Contact at: (586) 469 5160

Research Department and Law Library

The Research Department provides research and writing as requested by the judges of the Circuit Court.  The Research Department also provides support for Court Administration, assists in the training of law clerks, operates the Court’s law library, and provides related legal support services as directed.  Please note that the research attorneys cannot offer legal advice to members of the public.

The James C. Daner Law Library is located on the Fifth Floor of the county courthouse.  Michigan statutes, case reporters, and other materials are available for public use.  Materials cannot be checked out of the law library.  Additionally, wi-fi is available in the library for use on your own portable devices.  There are no public computer terminals in the law library.  Library hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact at: (586) 469-5159

Juvenile Division

380 North Rose Street 
Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043 
Phone: (586) 469-5240 

The Juvenile Division of the Macomb County Circuit Court has exclusive jurisdiction in cases involving youths under the age of seventeen and concurrent jurisdiction over those over seventeen, but not yet eighteen. It offers a number of programs for youth who are at risk due to abuse, neglect or delinquency. The Division also presides over adoption requests in Macomb County. Each year approximately 4,500 youths receive some form of service from the Juvenile Division. Interventions run the gamut from prevention services, to probation, detention in the Juvenile Justice Center and placement in facilities offered by private and state authorities. There are over 90 employees in the Juvenile Division. 

More information is available on the Juvenile Division page.

Reimbursement Division

Effective December 27, 2016, Reimbursement will be moving from their office locations below to the First Floor of the County Building located at 10 North Main Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043.

40 N. Main St., 5th Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: (586) 469-5258
Office hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Juvenile Court Office
380 N. Rose
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: (586) 469-5420
Office hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Function

The Reimbursement Division assists the 16th Judicial Circuit Court Juvenile Division in reimbursement of court ordered assessments and the cost of care and service for youth in juvenile cases. Michigan law requires that the costs that are incurred by a child or a parent in the Macomb County Juvenile System be reimbursed by the parents, the child and/or other legally responsible persons consistent with their ability to pay. The amount of the monthly reimbursement payment is determined by the assigned Referee or Judge based on financial information supplied by the responsible person(s). Failure to provide financial information may result in an order of full payment of the actual costs

Financial Statement

  • Financial statements are to be completed by the parents and/or other legally responsible persons. In addition, the following documentation will be required:
  • Prior year Federal tax return, schedules and W-2 form
  • Three current paycheck stubs
  • Statement of Social Security (if applicable)
  • Statement of government assistance
  • ADC, DHS, Workman's Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, disability insurance), if applicable.
  • Copy of divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Medical insurance information
  • Copy of driver's license or other ID

Costs Assessed by the Court

  • Cost of Care Expenses 
  • Attorney Fees
  • Probation Fees 
  • Diversion Services
  • Medical Fees 
  • Restitution
  • Other Miscellaneous Fees and Costs

Juvenile Benefits 

Government benefits and child support payments are to be paid to the County of Macomb during the period in which a child is placed in care outside of the home by Juvenile Division. Benefits include but are not limited to child support, Social Security, Supplemental Social Security, Veterans payments, Adoption Subsidies, trust funds.

Billing and Payment Procedures

  • Reminder notices will be periodically be sent to responsible parties. Payments are due monthly as established by the Reimbursement Order.
  • Checks and money orders are payable to Macomb County. Include the case number on any checks or money orders.
  • Voluntary wage assignments are available for automated payment deduction.
  • Payments may be made by credit card via the Government Payment Service by calling (800) 989 7780 referencing 'pay location 1443.'

Failure to Pay

Failure to pay Court ordered assessments, including reimbursement, in a timely manner may result in the issuance of an order to show cause why you should not be held in contempt of court, a bench warrant for your arrest, penalties pursuant to state law, a court ordered wage assignment, garnishment, and any other remedy allowed by law.

Late Penalty

A person who fails to pay a fee or costs in full within 56 days of the date it is due and owing will be subject to a late penalty in the amount of 20% of the amount owed pursuant to MCL 600.4803.

Bonds

Bond monies may be retained by the Court in payment of juvenile costs. MCR 5.935(c)(6)(a).

Questions and Problems

Questions or problems regarding court ordered reimbursement may be submitted by letter stating the nature of the question or problem to:

Macomb County Reimbursement Division
ATTN: Reimbursement Director
10 North Main, 5th Floor
Mount Clemens MI 48043

Right to Hearing

An interested party in a juvenile proceeding has the right to request a hearing before the assigned judge or referee. If so the interested party must request a hearing pursuant to the Michigan court rules. 

Change of Address

The parents, guardians, custodians of the juvenile and any other individual involved in the case, shall keep the Court/Reimbursement Division informed, in writing, of their current mailing address.