41st Circuit Court 
  • all civil cases where damages exceed $25,000;
    • These cases may involve automobile accidents, personal injury, medical and professional malpractice, hazards involving products, labor issues, written agreements and land disputes
  • domestic relations cases;
    • cases involving divorce, child custody, paternity and child support
  • personal protection orders 
  • felony criminal cases and some serious misdemeanors;
  • appeals from district courts and administrative agencies.  
Probate Court-Family Division of the Circuit Court
The Dickinson County Probate Court has jurisdiction over: 
  • estate proceedings,        
  • conservatorships,
  • guardianships        
  • involuntary commitments
  • adoptions,
  • name changes,
  • emancipations,
  • child abuse and neglect cases,
  • delinquency matters,
  • divorce cases involving minor children,
  • personal protection order matters involving parties with children in common, 
95B-District Court
The district court handles most traffic violations. The district court also hears both criminal and civil cases including small claims and landlord-tenant disputes. Civil disputes seeking money damages cannot exceed $25,000 in district court.

All criminal cases for persons 17 years or older, begin in the district court. The district court explains to the defendant the charges, his or her rights, and the possible consequences if convicted of the charge. The court also determines the bail amount and collects bail. If the defendant is charged with a misdemeanor that is punishable by not rnore than one year in jail, the district court will conduct a trial and sentence the defendant if found guilty. In felony cases (generally, cases that are punishable by more than one year in prison) the district court will set the bail amount and hold a preliminary examination to detertermine if a crime was committed and if there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed the crime. If so, the case is transferred to the circuit court for trial.
Court Forms
The State Court Administrative Office has a self help center and provides links to 
court forms.  Scroll to the bottom of their page to access forms by category. 

Transcripts are available directly from the Judge's Court Recorder/Reporter.  To request transcripts, you will need to know which judge handled your case.

Please use the list below to locate the appropriate reporter/recorder for additional information.

Judge Ninomiya Susan Valenti 774-2266
Judge Barglind Mary Kay Short 774-2266
Judge Slagle Mary Bruen & Kate Saltz 774-1555
Judge LaCost Trish Miller 774-0506

home page contact calendar