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

Honorable Diane M. Druzinski

Diane M. Druzinski was elected to the Macomb County Circuit Court in 2002. She has served in the Criminal/Civil Division of the Circuit Court since then. Judge Druzinski has previously served as a Judge in Macomb County's Adult Felony Drug Court Program.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Macomb County Court Building
40 N. Main St., 2nd Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

STAFF:

Position

Name

Number

Judicial Secretary

Aileen Ciavatta

(586) 469-2571

Court Clerk

Patricia Jones

(586) 469-5707

Court Officer

Deputy Jeff Haase

(586) 469-2157

Court Reporter Angela Little (586) 469-5832

Prosecutor

A.P.A. Steve Fox

(586) 466-4115

Probation Liaison

Karla Molly

(586) 783-0976

SCHEDULING DAYS & TIMES

ALL CASES

All Motions - Monday at 8:30 a.m.

Trials – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

CIVIL CASES

EDSC/Settlement/Status Conferences - Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 A.M.

Oral arguments on appeals - Monday at 1:30 P.M.

PPO Hearings - Monday at 10:30

Secretary of State Appeals - 3rd Monday of the month at 8:30 A.M.

CRIMINAL CASES

Arraignment/1st Pre-Trial - Monday at 1:30 P.M.

Pre-Trials - Monday and Wednesday at 8:30 A.M.

Sentencing/Probation Violation/Show Cause/Review Hearings - Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 A.M.

Evidentiary Hearings - Friday at 8:30 A.M.

PPO CASES

Mondays at 10:30 A.M.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

ADJOURNMENTS

Adjournment requests of scheduled events are routinely handled by the Judge's judicial secretary (Aileen 469-2571).  A stipulation and order with the new date, signed by all counsel must be filed after approval of the adjournment.

Adjournment requests for motion are handled by the clerk (Patty 469-5707)

Adjournment of trials must be brought by motion with all counsel appearing as a new trial date will be provided if the request is granted.

ALTERNATE SERVICE

Requests for alternate service must be accompanied by a verified motion, proposed order, an affidavit of the process server showing reasonable efforts to make service of process and a postal verification.

APPEALS

No stipulation for extension of time to file briefs on appeal will be accepted.  The party seeking the extension must file a motion.

DRUG COURT

The Adult Felony Drug Court is a statutorily authorized diversion program providing an alternative to incarceration for non-violent felony offenders.  The length of the program is approximately 15 to 21 months, depending on the defendant's guidelines and offense.

Judge Faunce and Judge Biernat Jr. each serve as a Drug Court Judge.

Drug Court is held every Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. in the courtroom.

The Drug Court Supervisor is Christina Wohlfield (586) 469-5229; Her office is located on the 1st floor of the Court Building.  

FACILITATION/MEDIATION

The Court strongly encourages all forms of Alternate Dispute resolution during the pendency of litigation and is specifically authorized by local court rule to order parties into facilitation.  Order can be found here.

MOTIONS

All motions are heard on Monday at 8:30 A.M.

Judge's copies of responses to motions will not be accepted after 3 P.M the Friday preceding the motion hearing.

Replies to responses are not accepted without prior court permission.

Following the Court's ruling on a motion, the parties who did not bring an order with them, must prepare an order on the computer in the court's hallway, have all counsel sign it, print enough copies for everyone, and then ask the court clerk for true copies.

SCHEDULING ORDERS

The Court will generally issue a standard Discovery and Case Evaluation Order setting the schedule for discovery, witness lists, dispositive motions and case evaluation.

For the first request, the Judge will permit a 60-day extension of the dates set forth in the Discovery and Case Evaluation Order by stipulation of the parties.

Any subsequent requests to extend the scheduling order dates must be made by motion and will only be granted upon a showing of good cause.

If a Case Evaluation date has already been scheduled, the parties must pay the $150 adjournment cost prior to submitting the order for entry.

SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES

Counsel, parties and persons with settlement authority are ordered to attend the settlement conference unless their attendance has been excused by the court.

If a matter is resolved and an Order of Dismissal is entered before the conference date, the attorneys and parties need not appear for the conference.

TRIAL PROCEDURES

The Court's trial procedures can be found here.  Trial dates are given by the Judge at settlement conference.