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

Honorable Richard L. Caretti

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Judge Caretti graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1975. He then graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Detroit College of Law in 1979. While attending college and law school, he served as a Detroit police officer. Judge Caretti was in private practice for 23 years. He was a partner with the law firm of Strobl, Cunningham, Caretti & Sharp prior to being appointed to the Bench in 2002. Judge Caretti has been elected to three six year terms.  He has also served as Chief Judge of the Court and currently serves as Presiding Judge of the Civil/Criminal Division.  In 2015 he was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as a Business Court Judge.  Judge Caretti was named one of dbusiness Journal’s Top Circuit Judges for 2017. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Macomb County Court Building
40 N. Main St., 6th Floor
Mt. Clemens 48043
Telephone:  (586) 469-5137

STAFF:

Position

Name

Number

Judicial Secretary

Diane Drop

(586) 469-5137

Court Clerk

Francheska Juncaj

(586) 469-5791

Court Reporter

Deborah Doyle

(586) 477-0099

Court Officer

Deputy Jim Ochmanski

(586) 469-5793

Prosecutor

A.P.A. Vincent Collura

(586) 469-7152

Probation Officer

Agent Carolyn Black

(586) 469-6149

SCHEDULING DAYS & TIMES

ALL CASES

Trials – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.,Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

CIVIL CASES

All Motions – Mondays at 9:00 a.m.

Settlement Conferences – Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 9:00 a.m., Sharp.

CRIMINAL CASES

Pretrials – Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 9:00 a.m.

Sentencings – Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m.

Probation Violation Hearings – Tuesdays or Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

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.

EXTENDING SUMMONS

Requests to extend the summons must be accompanied by a motion and proposed order and must be submitted prior to 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

Requests for adjournments may be made by fax request or stipulation and will only be granted upon a showing of good cause.  The grounds for the request and a proposed new date must be stated in the fax request or proposed order.

MOTIONS

All motions are heard on Monday at 9:00 A.M.

Judge Caretti 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.  

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

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 Caretti will permit a 90-day extension of the dates set forth in the Discovery and Case Evaluation Order by stipulation of the parties.  For the second request, Judge Caretti may allow 60 days and the Order must state the reason and give dates of the extensions.  If a Case Evaluation Hearing has already been scheduled, the parties must pay the $150 adjournment fee prior to submitting the order for entry.

Stipulated order must contain reason for adjournment, number of adjournment, amount of days being adjourned and a list of the new dates. 

ZOOM

CRIMINAL CASES:

All cases are proceeding via Zoom. Please do not appear in person for any scheduled hearing. 

At 8:50am you and your client may join the Zoom video hearing with the Court via the information provided below.  Upon admission to Zoom meeting, please mute yourself & rename yourself on Zoom so we know who you are.  Your client will need to waive their presence in the courtroom.   

If your client is unable to participate remotely by audio and video, then they may join the zoom meeting at a workstation in the jury room on the first floor of the Circuit Court Building.   You must notify Francheska the court clerk, 24 hours before if your client is entering the building.  Deputy Ochmanski will meet your client at the front door of the court and take him or her to the jury room. 

Please advise the Court if your client will appear at court to use the jury room workstation.

All plea paperwork and notice of appellate rights must be submitted to Francheska 24 hours prior to the court hearing.  We will make the scanned copy the original and send to Judge for review prior to the hearing.  Prosecutor Vincent Collura should be in contact with you to negotiate pleas.  If pretrials are adjourned, Francheska will create the order on her end. The secretary, Diane will email you the PSI reports, warrants, probation violation reports, etc. via encryption

Zoom Meeting ID information:

- Windows, Android, and Apple Devices https://miscao.zoom.us/j436 995 3682 

- Phone Call (No Video) - Call 646 876 9923 and enter Meeting ID 436 995 3682 

- Alternative for Windows Desktops and Laptops  - Go to the Zoom Web Site (zoom.us), Click on “Join a Call” and enter using Meeting ID 436 995 3682 

- Alternative for Android and Apple Phones and Tablets - Download the Zoom app from the store prior to the call and then use Meeting ID 436 995 3682  

CIVIL MOTION HEARINGS: 

All cases are proceeding via Zoom. Please do not appear in person for any scheduled hearing.

At 8:50am you and your client may join the Zoom video hearing with the Court via the information provided below.  Upon admission to Zoom meeting, please mute yourself & rename yourself on Zoom so I know who you are.  

Civil orders should be e-filled by 4:30 PM on motion day or submitted under 7 day rule.

 Zoom Meeting ID information:

- Windows, Android, and Apple Devices https://miscao.zoom.us/j436 995 3682 

- Phone Call (No Video) - Call 646 876 9923 and enter Meeting ID 436 995 3682  

- Alternative for Windows Desktops and Laptops  - Go to the Zoom Web Site (zoom.us), Click on “Join a Call” and enter using Meeting ID 436 995 3682 

- Alternative for Android and Apple Phones and Tablets - Download the Zoom app from the store prior to the call and then use Meeting ID 436 995 3682  

INITIAL BUSINESS COURT CONFERENCES / SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES:

Held via phone conference. 

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 and persons with full settlement authority must also be present unless their attendance is excused by the Court.  A request to excuse a party's attendance must be submitted to the Secretary/Clerk in writing before the conference date.  A reason must be given in order to be excused.  A party whose presence is excused must be available by telephone.  If a matter is resolved it is appreciated if an order of dismissal is entered before the conference date, then the attorneys and parties need not appear for the conference.  If a matter is resolved, an order for dismissal should be entered within 3 weeks of the date of the settlement conference.  The attorneys and parties need not appear for the conference, but need to call the Court to let the Court know if the case is settled.

FACILITATIVE MEDIATION

Requests to submit a case to facilitative mediation under MCR 2.410 and 2.411 may be made by stipulation.  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 will generally require 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.  For a copy of Judge Caretti's Trial Procedural Order click here.