The first hearing in any criminal case is for the defendant to be arraigned, even at a Macomb County Circuit Court, which will occur after an arraignment and probable cause hearing at a Macomb County District Court. If the charge is a felony then the Macomb County District Court is only allowed to set and accept bail and hear the preliminary hearing. The Macomb County District Court can only entertain a plea of not guilty for felony charges, and thus the Macomb County Circuit Court is the only court to hear such a matter or crime committed within Macomb County.

If the Macomb County District Court judge finds that probable cause exists then he or she will bind the matter over to the Macomb County Circuit Court. Remember, the jurisdiction to hear all felonies and misdemeanors attached to the felony complaint rest with the Macomb County Circuit Court when the crime is committed within the county. If a plea agreement has been reached it can be taken at the time of the Macomb county Circuit Court arraignment. If there is no plea agreement then a pre-trial will be set at the Macomb County Circuit Court, which allows the parties (Defense and Prosecution) to discuss the case, file any motions, determine if the matter will be scheduled for jury trial, and handle any other pretrial matters needed for the individual case.

If the individual pleads or is convicted then a sentencing hearing will be scheduled at the Macomb County Circuit Court, generally on a later and different day. Further, the case will be referred to adult probation and an interview with probation will be scheduled before the sentencing hearing at the Macomb County Circuit Court. The interview allows for a pre-sentence investigation report to be prepared, which will provide an opportunity for the judge and court to learn about the individual’s history. If a trial occurs then that too will be held at the Macomb County Circuit Court. The jury, if choosen, will appear at the Macomb County Circuit Court the day of the trial and during the jury selection process.

Again, the Macomb County Circuit Court handles and oversees all crimes committed within Macomb County and its internal cities, townships and municipalities so long as the crime was a felony or a misdemeanor attached to a felony. The Macomb County Circuit Court is located at the Macomb County Court Building, 40 N. Main St., Mt. Clemens, MI 48043.

The following is a list of presiding judges within the Macomb County Circuit Court, and also attached are the days and times for certain pleadings, filings and hearings for each individual found within the Macomb County Circuit Court:

Judge JAMES BIERNAT, JR

Motions – 8:30 a.m. Summary Disposition Motions – 10:00 a.m. PPO Motions – 11:00 a.m.

JUDGE RICHARD L. CARETTI

Motions – 9:00 a.m. Criminal Motions – Mondays at 9:00 a.m.

JUDGE MARY A. CHRZANOWSKI

Motions – 8:00 a.m.

JUDGE DIANE M. DRUZINSKI

Motions – 8:30 a.m.

JUDGE JOHN C. FOSTER (CHIEF JUDGE)

Motions – 8:00 a.m. Criminal Motions – 9:30 a.m.

JUDGE KATHRYN A. GEORGE

Motions, PPO’s & De novos (with an attorney) – 8:30 a.m. Motions, PPO’s & De novos (in pro per) – 1:30 p.m. Pro Cons (with an attorney) – Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Pro Cons (in pro per) – Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.

JUDGE PETER J. MACERONI

Motions – 8:30 a.m. Criminal Motions – 10:00 a.m.

JUDGE EDWARD A. SERVITTO

Motions – 8:30 a.m. Summary Disposition Motions – 8:30 a.m. (adjournments must be granted by the Court) PPO Motions – 10:00 a.m.

JUDGE MARK S. SWITALSKI

Motions – 9:00 a.m

JUDGE MATTHEW SWITALSKI

Motions (with an attorney) – 8:30 a.m. Motions (in pro per) – 1:30 p.m. Pro Cons (with or without an attorney) – Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.

JUDGE KATHY A. VIVIANO

Motions – (with an attorney) – 8:30 a.m. Motions (in pro per) – 1:30 p.m. Prosecutor Judgments – 11:00 a.m. Pro Cons – Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:00 a.m. ONLY

JUDGE TRACEY A. YOKICH

Motions (with an attorney) – 9:00 a.m. Motions (in pro per) – 1:30 p.m. Attorney De novo Hearings – 9:00 a.m. Pro Per DeNovo Hearings – 10:00 a.m. Attorney Pro Cons – Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:00 a.m. Pro Per Pro Cons – Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Prosecutor Judgments – Mondays at 9:00 a.m. All PPO Motions (attorney and pro per) – Mondays at 1:30 p.m. All other Motions not FOC – Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

JUDGE JENNIFER M. FAUNCE

Josh Jones, is a criminal defense attorney and handles all misdemeanors and felonies within the State of Michigan, including the Macomb County Circuit Court and Macomb County District Courts. Whenever you need a criminal lawyer, call Josh Jones. He has your back and is here for you 7-days a week.