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

Judge Rachel Rancilio


Judge Rachel Rancilio was elected to the Circuit Court bench on November 8th, 2016. Judge Rachel Rancilio was a partner in the law firm of Fischer, Garon, Hoyumpa & Rancilio in Mt. Clemens. For fourteen years she specialized in complex domestic, civil and criminal litigation, serving as attorney-of-record in more than two hundred cases before the Macomb circuit bench. Rachel, while playing Division 1 Softball, attended the University of Detroit Mercy on an academic scholarship and was a member of Wayne State University Law School’s Law Review.  She enjoys spending time with her two children.



16th Judicial Circuit Court
Macomb County Courthouse
40 N. Main St, 3rd Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Telephone: (586) 493-6748







Amy Shaw

(586) 493-6748


Nicole Buffa-Sylvester

(586) 469-5245

Court Reporter

Video Courtroom (Rebecca Russell)

(586) 469-5047

Court Officer

Deputy Mark Berger

(586) 469-2086




Beginning January 3, 2022:

Motion Day will be held in person.
Day:  Monday (Tuesday if a holiday falls on a Monday)
Time:  8:30 a.m. for Attorneys and 1:30 p.m. for Pro Pers (Self-Representing)

Friend of the Court (FOC) Monday Motions in front of the Referee will be held in accordance with each Referee’s rules and procedures.  You will receive those notices directly from the FOC.

Status Conferences:  Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., via telephone with Judge Rancilio’s Referee.  Do NOT log into Zoom. 
If both parties are represented by Counsel, clients do NOT have to appear.

Juvenile Hearings will be scheduled at Judge Rancilio’s discretion regarding zoom vs in person.
Date Certain Trials must be held in person.

Adoption Hearings will be scheduled at Judge Rancilio’s discretion regarding zoom vs in person.

PPOs, Name Changes, Friend of the Court Show Cause Hearings, Date Certain Trials of any nature and Evidentiary Hearings of any nature:  Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m., in person.

Effective January 3, 2022, we will no longer be sending Zoom notices.  Please use Zoom Meeting ID: 643-830-3467.
You will receive an e-mail from Judge Rancilio's staff should there be a change to the originally scheduled hearing.

Zoom dockets begin at 9:00 a.m.  Each case will be called when all parties are present and on a first come first serve basis.  

Settlement Conferences:  Wednesday and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m., via zoom.
If both parties are represented by Counsel, clients do NOT have to appear.

Trials (not set as a Date Certain):  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m., via zoom.

If proceeding with Proofs/Entry of JOD on the Settlement Conference date, Status Conference date and/or Trial date,
Plaintiff and Plaintiff’s Counsel only are required to appear via zoom.

Judgments of Divorce and all required accompanying Orders MUST be e-filed no later than the Tuesday of the week before the Hearing.

Pro Cons:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m., via zoom.
Plaintiff and Plaintiff’s Counsel only are required to appear via zoom.