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45th Circuit Court

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St. Joseph County Circuit Court records date back to the 1830's.

The circuit courts are Michigan’s major trial courts – courts of general jurisdiction. Most of the cases handled in these courts are classified as cases of original jurisdiction, that is, they have not been heard in any other court.

In some instances, though, the circuit judges deal with cases that were decided previously in a district or probate court but were appealed by one of the parties.

Some of the kinds of cases heard in Circuit Court are:

* General Civil - Lawsuits for judgment of $25,000 or more, property disputes, negligence, malpractice, personal injury, Personal Protection Order, appeals from other agencies such as Secretary of State, MESC, Parole Board, etc.

* Criminal - Felonies and misdemeanor cases that could have a sentence of 1 year or more.

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45th Circuit Court Judge

Paul Stutesman

Circuit/Probate Court Administrator

Kathy Griffin

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 189
Centreville, MI 49032

Office Information

Location:
Circuit Court
125 W. Main St.
Centreville MI, 49032
Courts' Building - Second Floor
*Driving Directions

Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
*Closed on County Holidays

Phone Number: (269) 467-5542
Fax Number: (269) 467-5628