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

Departments of the Court

Case Management Division 

The Case Management Division manages and tracks the progress of a case from case initiation through disposition. This is achieved through event scheduling, docket management, notice generation, dismissals for lack of progress, and tracking nearly every event result of each judge to determine if further action is necessary.

The Case Management Division disposes of cases pursuant to the State Court Administrative Office’s (SCAO) caseload reporting requirements and is responsible for reporting statistical information annually.

The Macomb County Circuit Court Local Administrative Order 2014-01 governs the selection, appointment and compensation of counsel who represent indigent parties in the Macomb County Circuit Court pursuant to MCR 8.123. Defendants are not entitled to free representation and, based on their ability to pay, are required to reimburse Macomb County for the cost of their representation.

Case Management is responsible to appoint: 

  • Counsel to indigent parties for felony cases; 
  • Counsel to indigent parties for felony appellate and juvenile appellate cases; 
  • Counsel to parents and children for neglect/abuse cases; 
  • Counsel to juveniles for delinquency cases; 
  • Foreign language interpreters; and, 
  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. 

Contact: (586) 469-5150

Motions (Clerks Office): (586) 469-5351

Click here to visit the Circuit Court Forms page where you can find all court forms, applications, and fee schedules. 

Specialty Court Services 

Specialty Court Services oversees the Adult Felony Drug Court, the Veterans' Treatment Court and the Specialized Business Docket. The department also provides substance abuse assessments to the bench for all drinking and driving convictions as mandated. Applications to the specialty courts can be dropped off on the 6th floor of the Court Building or faxed to (586) 783-8179. For more information, or for specific forms, please refer to the websites for each area or contact the department at the number listed below. 

Contact: (586) 469-5016

Specialty Court website links :

Judicial Aide

Main Office

10 North Main St., 1st Floor
Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043 

The Judicial Aide satellite office

32 Market Street
Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043 

Judicial Aide is a division of the Macomb County Circuit Court Administration. The Macomb County Circuit Court Local Administrative Order 2014-1 governs the selection, appointment and compensation of counsel who represent indigent parties in the Macomb County Circuit Court pursuant to MCR 8.123. Defendants are not entitled to free representation and, based on their ability to pay, are required to reimburse Macomb County for the cost of their representation. 

Judicial Aide is also responsible for collecting money from defendants that have been ordered to pay court assessments. We collect on court-appointed counsel, transcript fees and expert witness fees. We work with defendants on payment arrangements, wage assignments, processing requests for information, the approval for return of cash bonds and requests to duplicate video courtroom proceedings in which a court reporter is not present. All requests for payments (counsel, interpreter, ASL, expert witness and transcripts) are reviewed and verified by staff prior to submission of payment. 

Other responsibilities of this division includes financial reviews, financial recommendations to the Circuit Court Bench at sentencing and/or hearings, cashiering and returning restitution funds to victims. 

Contact: (586) 469-5156

Click here to visit the Circuit Court Forms page where you can find all Judicial Aide forms, applications, and fee schedules. 

Friend of the Court

The Friend of the Court was created by State statute to assist the Court in handling domestic relations cases.

More details on the Friend of the Court are available at Friend of the Court

Contact: (586) 469-5160

Research Department and Law Library

The Research Department provides research and writing as requested by the judges of the Circuit Court.  The Research Department also provides support for Court Administration, assists in the training of law clerks, operates the Court’s law library, and provides related legal support services as directed.  Please note that the research attorneys cannot offer legal advice to members of the public.

The James C. Daner Law Library is located on the 13th Floor of the Old County Building at 10 North Main St.  Michigan statutes, case reporters, and other materials are available for public use.  Materials cannot be checked out of the law library.  Additionally, Wi-Fi is available in the library for use on your own portable devices.  There are no public computer terminals in the law library.  Library hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact: (586) 469-5159

Juvenile Division

10 North Main St., 8th Floor
Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043 
Phone: (586) 469-5420 

Office Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Juvenile Division of the Macomb County Circuit Court has exclusive jurisdiction in cases involving youths under the age of seventeen and concurrent jurisdiction over those over seventeen, but not yet eighteen. It offers a number of programs for youth who are at risk due to abuse, neglect or delinquency. The Division also presides over adoption requests in Macomb County. Each year approximately 4,500 youths receive some form of service from the Juvenile Division. Interventions run the gamut from prevention services, to probation, detention in the Juvenile Justice Center and placement in facilities offered by private and state authorities. There are over 90 employees in the Juvenile Division. 

More information is available on the Juvenile Division page.

Reimbursement Division

Effective December 27, 2016, Reimbursement will be moving from their office locations below to the First Floor of the County Building located at 10 North Main Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043.

10 N. Main St., 1st Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: (586) 469-5258
Office hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Function

The Reimbursement Division assists the 16th Judicial Circuit Court Juvenile Division in reimbursement of court ordered assessments and the cost of care and service for youth in juvenile cases. Michigan law requires that the costs that are incurred by a child or a parent in the Macomb County Juvenile System be reimbursed by the parents, the child and/or other legally responsible persons consistent with their ability to pay. The amount of the monthly reimbursement payment is determined by the assigned Referee or Judge based on financial information supplied by the responsible person(s). Failure to provide financial information may result in an order of full payment of the actual costs.

Financial Statement

  • Financial statements are to be completed by the parents and/or other legally responsible persons. In addition, the following documentation will be required:
  • Prior year Federal tax return, schedules and W-2 form
  • Three current paycheck stubs
  • Statement of Social Security (if applicable)
  • Statement of government assistance
  • ADC, DHS, Workman's Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, disability insurance, if applicable.
  • Copy of divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Medical insurance information
  • Copy of driver's license or other ID

Costs Assessed by the Court

  • Cost of Care Expenses 
  • Attorney Fees
  • Probation Fees 
  • Diversion Services
  • Medical Fees 
  • Restitution
  • Other Miscellaneous Fees and Costs

Juvenile Benefits 

Government benefits and child support payments are to be paid to the County of Macomb during the period in which a child is placed in care outside of the home by Juvenile Division. Benefits include but are not limited to child support, Social Security, Supplemental Social Security, Veterans payments, Adoption Subsidies, trust funds.

Billing and Payment Procedures

  • Reminder notices will be periodically be sent to responsible parties. Payments are due monthly as established by the Reimbursement Order.
  • Checks and money orders are payable to Macomb County. Include the case number on any checks or money orders.
  • Voluntary wage assignments are available for automated payment deduction.
  • Payments may be made by credit card via the Government Payment Service by calling (800) 989-7780 referencing 'pay location 1443.'

Failure to Pay

Failure to pay Court ordered assessments, including reimbursement, in a timely manner may result in the issuance of an order to show cause why you should not be held in contempt of court, a bench warrant for your arrest, penalties pursuant to state law, a court ordered wage assignment, garnishment, and any other remedy allowed by law.

Late Penalty

A person who fails to pay a fee or costs in full within 56 days of the date it is due and owing will be subject to a late penalty in the amount of 20% of the amount owed pursuant to MCL 600.4803.

Bonds

Bond monies may be retained by the Court in payment of juvenile costs. MCR 5.935(c)(6)(a).

Questions and Problems

Questions or problems regarding court ordered reimbursement may be submitted by letter stating the nature of the question or problem to:

Macomb County Reimbursement Division
ATTN: Reimbursement Director
10 North Main, 1st Floor
Mount Clemens MI 48043

Right to Hearing

An interested party in a juvenile proceeding has the right to request a hearing before the assigned judge or referee. If so the interested party must request a hearing pursuant to the Michigan court rules. 

Change of Address

The parents, guardians, custodians of the juvenile and any other individual involved in the case, shall keep the Court/Reimbursement Division informed, in writing, of their current mailing address.