27th Circuit Court
Circuit Court Division
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 Circuit Court is made up of three main divisions:
Felony: This is the most serious category of criminal offenses punishable
by more than one (1) year in prison.
Felonies involving persons under 17 years of age are usually handled as
delinquency cases in the Family Division of the Circuit Court where the minor
resides. In some situations, the charge may be handled the same as an adult
For felonies involving persons 17 years or older, the District or Municipal
Court where the offense occurred typically handles the initial stages of
arraignment on the complaint and preliminary examination. If the District Court
finds sufficient evidence, the case is bound over or transferred to Circuit
Court. The Circuit Court then typically handles the case after bind over
including the arraignment on the information, pretrial, trial, plea and
Cases involving lawsuits between two or more parties
seeking money damages (in excess of $25,000), injunctions, or equitable relief.
In general, it depends on the amount in dispute. Claims of $25,000, or less
are handled in District Court. Claims greater than $25,000 are handled in
Circuit Court. Municipal Courts can only handle claims up to $1,500.
However, Circuit Court can handle cases involving equitable relief. Venue may
be proper in more than one court location. Typically, a case may be filed either
where the defendant resides, has a place of business, conducts business or has a
registered office. Sometimes the case may also be filed where the action arose.
Domestic Relations: Matters handled in this division include Divorce
actions, Paternity, Support, Parenting Time, and Custody.
Click here to view
Friend of the Court page for more information regarding these matters.
Juvenile: Matters such as Adoption, Child Protection Proceedings and
Delinquency are handled here.
Click here to view Juvenile Division page for more
information regarding these matters.
Drivers License Restoration: Contact the Circuit Court in the county
where you reside to schedule a hearing at the end of a period of license
revocation or suspension to reinstate driving privileges.
Appeals to Circuit Court: The review of Orders or Judgment of other trial
courts or administrative agencies by the Circuit Court.
Helpful Legal Links & Forms:
State of Michigan Court Approved Adoption Forms
Client Instructions for Pro Per Adoptions
Request for Central Registry Clearance Form
Newaygo County Authorization for Release of Criminal History Record
Name Change Information
State of Michigan Court Approved Name Change Forms
State of Michigan Name Change Self Help
Request a Transcript Form
Court of Appeals
SCAO Forms All SCAO forms are available, including PPOs & Domestic
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White Cloud MI 49349
Phone (231) 689-7252 Fax (231) 689-7015