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

Honorable James M. Maceroni

Judge James M. Maceroni graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996. He then received his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University in 2000. Judge Maceroni was elected to the Circuit Court bench in November 2014. Prior to his election, Judge Maceroni was in private practice, specializing in Criminal and Family Law. He served on the Macomb County Charter Commission, helping to restructure Macomb County’s government. Additionally, Judge Maceroni has served on the Board of Directors of the Macomb County Bar Association; as Chair of the Macomb County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee; and on the Board of Directors of Lakeshore Legal Aid. He was the proud recipient of the Macomb County Bar Association’s Distinguished Public Service Award, 2010-2011.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Macomb County Court Building
40 N. Main Street, 5th Floor
Mount Clemens, MI  48043
 

STAFF

Position Name Number
Secretary Allesandra Sabatini (586) 469-5822
Clerk Jaime Bochenek (586) 469-5843
Court Reporter Susan Hassig (586) 469-5851
Court Officer Rich Mitrak (586) 469-5855

 

** JUDGES COPIES OF ALL MOTIONS BEING PRESENTED ARE REQUIRED AT HEARINGS ** 

 

SCHEDULING DATES AND TIMES

All Cases

Trials – Tuesdays, Wednesdays 10:00 am

Evidentiary Hearings – Fridays at 9:00 am

Civil Cases

Procedural Motions – Mondays at 8:30 am

Summary Disposition Motions - Mondays at 8:30 am

EDSC/Status/Settlement Conferences – Tuesdays at 8:30 am

Oral Arguments on Appeals – Mondays at 11:00 am

Creditor’s Exams - Mondays at 11:00 am

Criminal Cases

Arraignments – Mondays at 1:30 pm

Pre-Trials – Monday at 1:30 pm and Thursday at 9:00 am

Sentencings/Review Hearings – Wednesday at 9:00 am and Thursday at 9:00 am

Probation Violations/Show Cause - Wednesday at 9:00 am and Thursday at 9:00 am

Motions - Mondays at 10:30 am

PPO Cases

PPO Hearings - Mondays at 11:00 am

E-Filing

Electronic filing is mandatory for all current e-File cases and new civil matters with “C”, “N”, “AA”, “AE”, “AP”, “AR” or “AV” case-types assigned to Judge Maceroni.

After a complaint is filed in the Clerk’s Office, subsequent pleadings must be filed electronically on the Court’s eFiling website:  www.truefiling.com.  Additional information can be found on the Court’s eFiling webpage:  http://circuitcourt.macombgov.org/CircuitCourt-eFiling.

The Court’s eFiling is governed by Administrative Order No. 2010-6.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Alternate Service

Requests for alternative service must be accompanied by a verified motion, proposed order, an affidavit of the process server showing reasonable efforts (at least 3 attempts) to make service of process and a postal verification.

Extending Summons (Second Summons)

Requests to extend the summons must be accompanied by a motion and proposed order and must be submitted prior to the expiration of the original summons.  Such requests will only be granted upon a showing of due diligence by plaintiff in attempting to serve the original summons.

Adjournments

Motions – may be adjourned by filing party by contacting Clerk.

EDSC/Status/Settlement Conferences - requests for adjournments may be made by contacting Judge Maceroni’s secretary. If approved, a stipulated order stating the reason(s) for the request, the date to be adjourned and a new date must be stated in the order. 

Criminal matters – Contact Clerk.

Scheduling Orders

For most civil cases, the Court issues a standard Discovery and Case Evaluation Order setting the schedule for discovery, witness lists, dispositive motions and case evaluation.  For the first request, Judge Maceroni will permit a 60-day or 90-day extension of the dates set forth in the Discovery and Case Evaluation Order by stipulation of the parties. All new dates must be listed in the order or it will be rejected. Any subsequent requests to extend the scheduling order dates must be made by motion and only will be granted upon a showing of good cause.  If a Case Evaluation Hearing has already been scheduled, the parties must pay the $150 adjournment fee prior to submitting the order for entry.

Early Disposition Settlement Conferences

For new civil cases with “C” case-types, the Court conducts an Early Disposition Settlement Conference. Clients are not required to attend.  Attorneys attending the conference must be thoroughly familiar with the case and be prepared to discuss scheduling, anticipated discovery issues, and any other issues that should be brought to the Court’s attention.

Settlement Conferences

The attorneys attending the conference must be thoroughly familiar with the case and have the authority necessary to fully participate in the conference.  The parties to the action must also be present unless their attendance is excused by the Court.  A party whose presence is excused must be available by telephone. 

Facilitative Mediation

Requests to submit a case to facilitative mediation under MCR 2.410 and 2.411 may be made by contacting Judge Maceroni’s secretary. If approved, a stipulated order stating the name of the mediator, the date and time the facilitation is scheduled to occur and a new date to return to the Court must be stated in the order. If the parties are unable to agree on a mediator, the Court will select a mediator in the manner provided by MCR 2.411(B)(3).  The Court requires that facilitation occur within 60 days, unless good cause is shown for an extension.

Trial Procedures

The Court’s trial procedures are contained in its Trial Procedural Order, which is issued when a case is scheduled for trial (a copy is here).