** 3-23-20 Filed today by the Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order - Extending Deadline for Commencement of Actions
3-18-20 Read the Media Advisory
The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-2, which highlights in specific detail the essential functions which will still be considered by Michigan courts during this crisis. This order supersedes for all Michigan trial courts any previously issued Local Administrative Orders regarding the crisis.
3-16-20: Read the entire Local Joint Administrative Order
Read the full Local Joint Administrative Order for details
Click for information about Friend of the Court operations during closure
Statement from the Michigan Supreme Court on Matters Concerning Children
COVID-19 Guidelines for Divorced Parents
3-13-20: Read a message from Chief Judge Michael Jaconette
Any motion or pro confesso hearing scheduled to be heard by Judge Brian K. Kirkham on either Monday, March 16, 2020 or Monday, March 30, 2020 is cancelled. This includes all domestic relations motions as well as motions in other civil cases. Any new motions in any case assigned to Judge Kirkham should be scheduled for a hearing on Monday, April 6, 2020 or after. In the event an emergency hearing is sought by a party, pleadings should be filed with the court and a Judge’s copy must delivered directly to Judge Kirkham’s court. The pleadings will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if an emergency hearing is warranted, and the court will proceed accordingly.
All Landlord/Tenant Cases (hearings for non-payment/termination of tenancy) scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 are adjourned for a minimum of 28 days. New notice will be sent to all parties.
All Small Claims cases scheduled between March 16 and April 3, 2020 will be rescheduled by the Court.
3-11-20: Calhoun County Courts are taking all necessary precautions to protect our employees and customers in light of Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Normal court operations will continue at this time. Do not presume that any court proceeding has been cancelled/adjourned unless and until you, as an interested party to the case, are specifically informed of a cancellation/adjournment by authorized court personnel.
The Calhoun County Courts contain three courts:
- 10th District Court
- 37th Circuit Court
- Probate Court
Additional court agencies, include,
- Friend of the Court
- Jury Service
Address of the courts:
Calhoun County Justice Center
161 E Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49014-4066
Hours: 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.
Public parking is available off Division Street, immediately to the side and back of the Court building and off E. Michigan behind the Fire Department.
By Administrative Order
Security Policy for Court Facilities, individuals entering the Courthouse are to abide by the following:
- No cameras, camera phones, *cell phones, or electronic recording devices, and
- No weapons or cutting instruments allowed.
- *Cell phones will be permitted for governmental employees with currently valid pictured I.D., licensed and practicing attorneys, physicians, victim advocates with a county pictured identification badge.
The current court system was created by Article VI of the 1963 Michigan Constitution. Article VI, Sec. 1 provides that "The judicial power of the state is vested exclusively in one court of justice which shall be divided into one supreme court, one court of appeals, one trial court of general jurisdiction known as the circuit court, one probate court, and courts of limited jurisdiction that the legislature may establish be a two-thirds vote of the members elected to and serving in each house." The only "limited jurisdiction" court created under that provision is the district court.