Circuit Court

In response to COVID-19, 

Eaton County Trial Courts have enacted measures for court business to be conducted by 

appointments only. 

 

The full Administrative Order related to court operations can be found here

 

A drop box is available inside the doors of the courthouse during business hours.  


Specific department information can be found below.  

 

District Court Civil

           Email:  districtcourtcivil@eatoncounty.org

            Phone:  517-543-4064 

            Link to District Court Civil Office website:

http://www.eatoncounty.org/391/District-Court-Civil

 

Payment for filings can be made at:  www.govpaynow.com             

Enter PLC# 8882

 

Filing fee chart:  Filing Fee Chart

 

District Court Criminal

Email:  districtcourt@eatoncounty.org

Phone:  517-543-4029             Fax:  517-543-1469                            

            Link to District Court Criminal website:

https://mi-eatoncounty.civicplus.com/432/District-Court-Criminal

Payments can be made at:  www.govpaynow.com                

Enter PLC# 6701

 

District Court Traffic

Email:  traffic@eatoncounty.org

Phone:  517-543-3359             Fax:  517-543-1469                            

Link to District Court Traffic webpage:

https://mi-eatoncounty.civicplus.com/438/District-Court-Traffic

Payments can be made at:  www.govpaynow.com                

Enter PLC# 6701

Traffic Ticket Pricing Chart:  Traffic Ticket Pricing 

Circuit Court Clerks  

            Email:  circuitcourtclerk@eatoncounty.org

            Phone:  517-543-4346             Fax:  517-543-4475

            Link to Circuit Court Clerks Office website:

http://www.eatoncounty.org/162/Circuit-Court-Clerk

 

 

Probate Court 

            Email:  probateoffice@eatoncounty.org

            Phone: 517-543-7500  ext.1276, 1277, 1278

            Link to Probate Court webpage:         

https://mi-eatoncounty.civicplus.com/451/Probate-Court

Payment for filings can be made at:  www.govpaynow.com              

Enter PLC# 8881

            

Friend of the Court 

 

            Phone: 517-543-6850              Fax:  517-543-9980

            Link to Friend of the Court webpage:

Juvenile Court 

            Phone: 517-543-6003              Fax: 517-543-3749

            Link to Juvenile Court webpage:

https://mi-eatoncounty.civicplus.com/359/Juvenile-Court

            Payments can be made at:  www.govpaynow.com                

            Enter PLC# 6358








History

The Circuit Court is a trial court of general jurisdiction established by the Michigan Constitution of 1908. At one time the Circuit consisted of Eaton, Barry and Calhoun Counties and later Barry and Eaton Counties. Courthouse

In 1991, the Circuit Court was split ,and Eaton County became a separate circuit, the 56th Circuit Court.

Judges & Jurisdiction

The Circuit Court has two judges. Honorable Janice K. Cunningham and Honorable John D. Maurer are the present Circuit Court Judges. The Court has original jurisdiction over: 

  • All cases involving equitable remedies
  • All civil cases over $25,000
  • All criminal felonies and high court misdemeanors
  • All domestic relations cases
  • Appellate review of District and some state administrative agencies
  • All juvenile matters previously with the Probate Court

Family Division

In 1998 the Eaton County Family Division of the Circuit Court was created. The Family Division now has jurisdiction over all domestic cases and juvenile matters under the concept of One Judge-One Family.

Probate Judge Thomas Byerley is assigned to the Family Division and with the two circuit judges, hears all cases involving families. 

Records Search

The Michigan Courts online case search includes records for the following types of cases:

  • All civil cases over $25,000
  • All criminal felonies and high court misdemeanors
  • All domestic relations cases
  • Appellate review of District and some state administrative agencies

The search does not include the following:

  • District Court records, such as 
    • Small claims
    • Civil cases up to $25,000
    • Civil infractions/traffic cases
    • Felony arraignments and preliminary examinations
    • Landlord-tenant cases
    • Misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail
  • Probate Court records, such as
    • Abuse/neglect and adoption cases
    • Guardianships and mental health commitment petitions
    • Juvenile matters
    • Wills and estates