Calhoun County Courts

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All court events are being held as scheduled. If your case is scheduled for a Jury Trial, you must appear in person. If you are sick on your court day, please call the Court.

Health Screening
Please do not come to the Court if you have any symptoms of COVID or have been identified as a close contact and need to quarantine. Call the Court you were supposed to attend and let them know you cannot come into the building. 
Circuit Court - 269-969-6518
District Court - 269-969-6666
Probate Court - 269-969-6794

Building Accessibility 

The Justice Center is open to the public, although some departments may have limited access. Many court hearings will continue to be held via Zoom despite the building and courtrooms being open to the public. Please double-check your Notice of Hearing to determine whether you should appear on zoom or in person.  If your Notice of Hearing says a Zoom hearing will be held, DO NOT APPEAR in person.

Jury Trial Status 
The Courts are holding jury trials. Face coverings are no longer required for jurors, but KN95 masks are recommended.  For more information, please visit the Jury Services page. Judges reserve the right to require masks while in their courtrooms. Parties must appear in person for jury trials.

You can see hearing schedules on the Court Dockets website. Click on the appropriate Judge, Referee, or Magistrate to see their schedule. **Please note that Juvenile Delinquency and Child Protective Proceedings will NOT show on the schedules as they are non-public hearings.

Filing Court Documents   
To learn more about a specific case or to file documents with the court, please contact the appropriate court. 


Orders Governing Court Operations During COVID-19 

07-02-2021 - Landlord-Tenant Proceedings

2020-17 Amended Order Continuation of Alternative Procedures for Landlord/Tenant Cases
FAQ and Guidance Issued in Conjunction with AO 2020-17

Information Regarding Custody of Minor Children     
COVID-19 Guidelines for Divorced Parents

Information about the courts 
The Calhoun County Courts consist of three courts:

  • 10th District Court - criminal misdemeanors, tickets, landlord-tenant, small claims
  • 37th Circuit Court - criminal felonies, civil lawsuits, family/domestic cases, juvenile cases, adoptions, name changes, child protective cases, personal protection orders
  • Probate Court - guardianships, wills and estates, conservatorships, commitment proceedings

Additional court agencies include:

  • Friend of the Court
  • Jury Services
  • Juvenile Probation
  • District Court Probation
  • Judicial Enforcement Division

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.

Parking
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
No weapons or cutting instruments are allowed into the Justice Center.  Those discovered at the front door will be confiscated by the Sheriff's Department. No photography involving any staff without their express consent. 

Overview of the Courts' Establishment

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 by 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.