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16th Judicial Circuit Court
40 N Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-7171

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, 4th Floor
Mount Clemens, MI  48043
 
Zoom Meeting ID: 473 288 5306
 

STAFF

Position Name Number
Secretary Natalie Musante (586) 469-5822
Clerk Patty Jones (586) 469-5843
Court Officer Rich Mitrak (586) 469-5855

 

TRANSCRIPTS 

All requests for transcripts must be made via email.

Court Reporter: Susan Hassig
Email: sue.hassig@gmail.com

** JUDGE'S COPIES REQUIRED FOR DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS ONLY **

SCHEDULING DATES AND TIMES

  MONDAY  
9:00 AM

Civil Motions

IN PERSON OR ZOOM
10:30 AM

Criminal Motions

IN PERSON OR ZOOM
11:00 AM

Oral Arguments
PPO Hearings
Show Cause Hearings (Civil)
Driver's License Restoration Hearings

IN PERSON OR ZOOM
1:30 PM

Arraingments
Pretrials

ZOOM
2:30 PM

Pretrials (Pleas Only)
Swift & Sure Sanction Hearings

IN PERSON
  TUESDAY  
9:00 AM

In-Custody Criminal Matters: Criminal Sentencing
Probation Violation Hearings
Pretrials

ZOOM
10:00 AM

Trial

IN PERSON
1:30 PM

Trial (Continued)

IN PERSON
  WEDNESDAY  
9:00 AM

Criminal Sentencings
Probation Violation Hearings
Review Hearings
Show Cause Hearings (Criminal)

IN PERSON
11:00 AM

Trial

IN PERSON
1:30 PM

Trial (Continued)

IN PERSON
  THURSDAY  
9:00 AM

Settlement Conferences (Civil)
Final Pretrial Hearings (Civil)
Status Conferences (Civil)

ZOOM
10:00 AM

Pretrials (Criminal)

ZOOM
1:30 PM

Swift & Sure Sanction Hearings
Pretrials (Pleas Only) 
Trial (Continued)

IN PERSON
  FRIDAY  
9:00 AM

Settlement Conferences (In-Person ONLY)

IN PERSON
10:00 AM

Trial (Continued)
Miscellaneous Hearings

IN PERSON

 

E-Filing

Electronic filing is mandatory for all current e-File cases 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://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 is required (you may use this form). 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).

Orders