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 is currently Chairman of Community Corrections Advisory Board, an Instructor in Felony Sentencing for Michigan Judicial Institute, and a member of the Case Evaluation Committee.
Macomb County Court Building
40 N. Main St., 2nd Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Deputy Jeff Haase
|Court Reporter||Angela Little||(586) 469-5832|
A.P.A. Evan Dashe
Coronavirus Emergency Measure for Judge Druzinski's Courtroom
Judge Druzinski will be adjourning/suspending all currently scheduled court matters through May 1st, 2020. More specifically:
- Motions/responses will be accepted for filing and scheduled for hearing on any Monday. Due to the emergency measures in place the court is exercising it's discretion to waive oral arguments pursuant to MCR 2.119(F)(3). The parties will receive an order with the courts ruling on the motion.
- Civil EDSC/Status/Settlement conferences – the parties will receive an order advising them of a new adjourned court date or other action taken by the court. If the parties wish to conduct a video/telephone conference they should contact Aileen at 586-469-2571 for scheduling. Alternate dispute resolution hearings will continue as scheduled, if possible, with the parties utilizing video/telephone conferencing.
- Trials – all trials scheduled through June 30th, 2020 are being adjourned. The parties will receive a new trial date via court order.
- Non custody/bond defendants – all criminal matters currently set for any type of hearing will be rescheduled. The parties should check the website for the new adjourned court date. Please use case lookup tool below.
- In custody defendants - criminal matters currently set for any type of hearing, excluding trial, will go forward as scheduled unless defendant agrees to an adjournment in writing. The court will make every attempt to utilize videoconferencing where and when appropriate. Trials scheduled through June 1st, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled at the soonest possible date. The parties will receive a notice with the new trial date. Again, please use case lookup tool below.
ALL PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO FREQUENTLY CHECK THE STATUS OF THEIR CASE THROUGH THE CIRCUIT COURT CASE LOOKUP TOOL.
SCHEDULING DAYS & TIMES
All Motions - Monday at 8:30 a.m.
Trials – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
EDSC/Settlement/Status Conferences - Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 A.M.
Oral arguments on appeals - Monday at 8:30 A.M.
PPO Hearings - Monday at 10:30
Secretary of State Appeals - Monday at 8:30 A.M.
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.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
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 motions are handled by the clerk (Jessica 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.
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.
No stipulation for extension of time to file briefs on appeal will be accepted. The party seeking the extension must file a motion.
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 Toia 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
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.
All motions are heard on Monday at 8:30 A.M.
Judge Druzinski requires one courtesy copy of any motion and brief and all accompanying exhibits, as well as responses and replies, be submitted directly to the judge's chamber in paper format.
Any exhibits must be appropriately tabbed. Good practice requires that in appropriate cases, relevant portions of lengthy documents be highlighted.
A printed copy of the e-filing transmission receipt must be attached to the front of the pleading to verify the document has been electronically filed.
Judge's copies of responses to motions will not be accepted after 3:00 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 and have all counsel sign it
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 adjournment 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. The parties must then submit the stipulated order with new dates.
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.
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.
The Court's trial procedures can be found here. Trial dates are given by the Judge at settlement conference.