Oceana County Michigan

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The Circuit Court is referred to as the “trial court of general jurisdiction” in Michigan because of its very broad powers. Circuit Court has jurisdiction over all actions except those given by state law to another court. Generally speaking, Circuit Court has original jurisdiction in all civil cases involving more than $25,000; in all criminal cases where the offense involves a felony or certain serious misdemeanors; and in all family cases and domestic relations cases such as divorce, paternity actions, juvenile proceedings, and adoptions.

The State of Michigan is divided into judicial circuits along county lines. The number of judges in a circuit reflects the volume of business in the court.  If there is more than one county in a circuit, such as ours, judges travel from one county seat to another to hold court sessions. Our judges conduct court in both Newaygo County as well as Oceana County.

The Circuit Court also hears cases appealed from lower courts and from some administrative agencies of state government. In addition, the Circuit Court has superintending control over other courts within the circuit, subject to final superintending powers of the Supreme Court.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PURSUANT TO MCL 600.916(1), CLERKS ARE BARRED BY LAW FROM GIVING LEGAL ADVICE OR PREPARING LEGAL DOCUMENTS.

Circuit Judges

Circuit judges are elected for six-year terms on non-partisan ballots. A candidate must be a resident of the circuit in which the candidate is running, a qualified elector, licensed to practice law in Michigan, and at the time of election less than 70 years of age. The legislature sets salaries for circuit judges.

Family Division

The Family Division, a division of Circuit Court, has exclusive jurisdiction over all family matters such as divorce, custody, parenting time, support, paternity, adoptions, name changes, juvenile proceedings, the emancipation of minors, parental consent, and personal protection proceedings. They also have ancillary jurisdiction over cases involving guardianships and conservatorships and proceedings involving the mentally ill or developmentally disabled.

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Staff

Susan Sniegowski
Circuit Court Judge
Bradley G. Lambrix
Family Court Judge
Tonya Selig
Court Administrator / Chief Clerk
Julie Sines
Circuit Court Deputy Clerk
Kyla Miller
Circuit Court Clerk
Betty Carter
Juvenile Court Officer
Jennifer Sill
Juvenile Probation Officer
Jonna TenHove
Juvenile Probation Officer

Oceana County Building

100 S. State Street
Suite M-10
Hart, MI 49420
Phone: (231) 873-3977
Phone: (231) 873-3811 Juvenile Court
Fax: (231) 873-1943

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Paperwork and filing fees will be accepted after 4:30 PM but will not be officially filed or receipted until the following business day.

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