The first hearing in any criminal case is for the defendant to be arraigned, which will occur at the County’s local District Court. However, an arraignment will also occur within Metro Detroit Circuit Courts. If the charge is a felony then the District Court will only allowed to set and accept bail and hear the preliminary hearing. It can only entertain a plea of not guilty for felony charges. The preliminary hearing is where the prosecuting attorney will present evidence showing that probable cause exists that a felony crime occurred and that the alleged defendant committed that crime.
If the judge finds that probable cause exists then he or she will bind the matter over to the Metro Detroit Circuit Court. The jurisdiction to hear all felonies and misdemeanors attached to the felony complaint rest with the Metro Detroit Circuit Court. A second arraignment will then be scheduled, and at this time a plea of guilty or not guilty can be entered; if a plea agreement has been reached it can also be taken at this time. If there is no plea agreement then a pre-trial will be set, 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 not be scheduled until a later date within the Metro Detroit Circuit Court. Instead, the case will be referred to adult probation, an interview with probation will be scheduled, and the sentencing hearing will occur sometime in the future (generally 4 to 6 weeks after the taking of the plea). This 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.
Whenever you are involved with a criminal matter (felony or misdemeanor) contact Josh Jones. He has your back, will provide you with necessary information, and fight for you and your case within Metro Detroit Circuit Courts. He also specializes in Marijuana Matters (both medical and non-medical).
Call 734-355-0424 today.
Below you will find a list of courts with contact information and the presiding judges for each Circuit Court located and operating within individual Metro Detroit Circuit Courts, including Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County.
METRO DETROIT CIRCUIT COURTS
The Circuit Court is a trial court of general jurisdiction serving all the citizens of Oakland County, and oversees all felonies committed within its jurisdictional borders. The court is located at 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac, MI 48341-0404.
The following is a list of all judges found within the Circuit Court’s walls:
- Honorable Nanci J. Grant, Chief Judge
- Honorable James M. Alexander
- Honorable Martha Anderson
- Honorable Leo Bowman
- Honorable Mary Ellen Brennan
- Honorable Rae Lee Chabot
- Honorable Lisa Ortlieb Gorcyca
- Honorable Shalina D. Kumar
- Honorable Denise Langford-Morris
- Honorable Cheryl A. Matthews
- Honorable Karen D. McDonald
- Honorable Phyllis C. McMillen
- Honorable Rudy J. Nichols
- Honorable Colleen A. O'Brien
- Honorable Daniel Patrick O'Brien
- Honorable Wendy Lynn Potts
- Honorable Michael D. Warren, Jr. & Honorable Joan E. Young.
The 16th Circuit Court maintains jurisdiction over all of Macomb County and its internal cities, townships and municipalities. The 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 Circuit Court and days and times for certain pleadings, filings and hearings:
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
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 DAVID F. VIVIANO
Motions - 8:30 a.m. Summary Disposition Motions - 10:00 a.m. Criminal Motions - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 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.
The 3rd Circuit Court is the largest Circuit Court in Michigan. The 3rd Circuit Court oversees all crimes occurring within its county and local cities found within its borders. The court’s Office Hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.The following is the Court’s address.
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice Criminal Division 1441 St. Antoine Detroit, MI 48226
Lincoln Hall of Justice Family Division-Juvenile 1025 E. Forest Avenue Detroit, MI 48207
The Circuit Court houses the following judges within it’s walls:
- Honorable Robert J. Colombo, Jr., Chief Judge
- Honorable David J. Allen,
- Honorable Annette J. Berry,
- Honorable Gregory D. Bill,
- Honorable Susan D. Borman,
- Honorable Ulysses W. Boykin,
- Honorable Karen Y. Braxton,
- Honorable Margie R. Braxton,
- Honorable Megan Maher Brennan,
- Honorable James A. Callahan,
- Honorable Michael J. Callahan,
- Honorable Jerome C. Cavanagh,
- Honorable Eric William Cholack,
- Honorable James R. Chylinski,
- Honorable Kevin J. Cox,
- Honorable Daphne Means Curtis,
- Honorable Christopher D. Dingell,
- Honorable Charlene M. Elder,
- Honorable Vonda R. Evans,
- Honorable Edward Ewell, Jr.,
- Honorable Patricia Susan Fresard,
- Honorable Sheila Ann Gibson,
- Honorable John H. Gillis, Jr.,
- Honorable David Alan Groner,
- Honorable Richard B. Halloran,
- Honorable Cynthia Gray Hathaway,
- Honorable Dana Margaret Hathaway,
- Honorable Daniel Arthur Hathaway,
- Honorable Michael M. Hathaway,
- Honorable Charles S. Hegarty,
- Honorable Susan L. Hubbard,
- Honorable Muriel D. Hughes,
- Honorable Vera Massey Jones,
- Honorable Connie Marie Kelley,
- Honorable Timothy Michael Kenny,
- Honorable Qiana D. Lillard,
- Honorable Arthur J. Lombard,
- Honorable Kathleen I. Macdonald,
- Honorable Kathleen M. McCarthy,
- Honorable Bruce U. Morrow,
- Honorable John A. Murphy,
- Honorable Maria L. Oxholm,
- Honorable Lynne A. Pierce,
- Honorable Lita Masini Popke,
- Honorable Daniel P. Ryan,
- Honorable Richard M. Skutt,
- Honorable Mark T. Slavens,
- Honorable Leslie Kim Smith,
- Honorable Virgil C. Smith, and
- Honorable Martha M. Snow.
- Honorable Craig S. Strong, Circuit Judge
- Honorable Brian R. Sullivan, Circuit Judge
- Honorable Lawrence S. Talon, Circuit Judge
- Honorable Deborah A. Thomas, Circuit Judge
- Honorable Margaret M. Van Houten, Circuit Judge
- Honorable Robert L. Ziolkowski, Circuit Judge
The following items are likely not allowed within Circuit Court’s so be aware of the items prohibited below, specifically cellphones or electronics will not be allowed nor held by anyone at the security post:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Aerosols or any spray device
- Bingo Markers
- Box cutters
- Brass Knuckles
- Bug Spray
- Bullets (anything resembling or similar)
- Cameras / Recording Devices
- Can Openers of any kind, including P38's
- Cans - aluminum and metal
- Camera phones*
- Cell phones*
- Cigarette Lighters/Matches
- Combs - metal or rattail
- Cord-like Objects, including ropes, chains, straps, heavy belts, and wires
- Curling Irons
- Dental Floss
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Explosive Materials or Objects
- Flatware (which includes knives, forks or spoons)
- Glass or Mirrors of any kind, including glass bottles of any kind
- Guns or replicas of guns
- Grease Pencil
- Hair Clippers
- Hair Spray
- Headphones (with cords)
- Heavy Metal Objects
- Highlighters or Markers*
- Illegal Drugs
- Knives (any kind)
- Laptop Computers
- Large Bags of any kind, including: duffle bags, backpacks, oversize purses
- Large Perfume Bottles
- Laser Pointer
- Mace, Pepper Spray
- Master Locks
- Nail Clippers / Metal nail files
- Needles of any kind, except with medical documentation
- Noisemakers of any kind
- Paints of any kind
- Palm Pilots*
- Pencil Sharpener
- Radios (or headsets)
- Razors or Razor Blades
- Safety Pins
- Staplers or Staple removers
- Stick or cane style umbrellas
- Tools of any sort (which includes hammers, saw, measuring tape, etc.)
- Video Games, giga pets, gameboys, etc.
- Weapon-like objects, including bats, clubs, batons, irons
- Weapons, including toys or replicas**
* Except for attorneys with a current Bar Card and media with valid credentials
** Except for law enforcement with valid credentials