Calhoun County Courts

Although County buildings are closed to the public at this time, many hearings will be heard as scheduled via Zoom or other video or phone-conferencing method. 

Individuals can see if a hearing is still scheduled on the Court Dockets website, then click on the appropriate Judge/Referee hearing the case.

Per Michigan Supreme Court 2020-10, all jury trials are suspended until at least June 22, 2020. 

To learn more about a specific case or to file an emergency pleading or petition, please contact the appropriate court. 

*6-9-20 Michigan Supreme Court Admin Order 2020-17
Priority Treatment and New Procedure for Landlord/Tenant Cases

** 4-28-20 Executive Order: Temporarily suspending the expiration of personal protection orders
Read the Executive Order

Filed today by the Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order - Extending Deadline for Commencement of Actions

 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
Pursuant to MCR 8.110(C)(2)(c) and (3)(c), and in response to the States of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic declared by both the President of the United States and the Governor of the State of Michigan, as well as due to the closure of all county buildings as ordered today by the Calhoun County Board Chairman and County Administrator/Controller from March 17th, 2020 through April 12th, 2020, and after consultation with Court Administration, Calhoun County Administration, the Calhoun County Public Health Officer, the Calhoun County Sheriff and other stakeholders, the Court hereby finds that, under MCR 8.116(D), the courts have a specific interest and obligation in protecting the health, safety and welfare of those having cases before all Calhoun County courts, court employees and the general public, which given the highly contagious nature of the illness outweighs the right of access to court events; and further finding that there are no less restrictive means reasonably available to adequately protect the interests of all involved with the Calhoun County Courts, and, with regard to criminal matters, due to the Court's reduced ability to obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors and the effect of the recommendations from the local, state and federal public health organizations on the availability of counsel and court staff to be present in the courtroom, the Court specifically finds that the ends of justice served by ordering the adjournments of pending trials and hearings outweigh the best interests of the public and any defendant's right to a speedy trial; 

It is HEREBY ORDERED that the Calhoun County Courts shall be closed except for the limited purpose of addressing certain emergency court operations, which may be conducted by video-conferencing whenever practicable.

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

 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.

Information about the courts
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

Phone: 269-969-6350
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.