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EATON COUNTY TRIAL COURTS

 

The Eaton County judicial system consists of the Circuit Court, the Probate Court, and the District Court. 

Together they form a judicial team responsible for providing an equal and fair system of justice to citizens of Eaton County.

 

EATON COUNTY 56A DISTRICT COURT AMNESTY PROGRAM

February 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019


The 56A District Court, Juvenile Court and Friend of the Court in Eaton County announce an AMNESTY PROGRAM for individuals delinquent on payments.

The amnesty program is a one-time program offering waivers of late fees, credits and warrant cancellations to individuals upon payment of court ordered obligations.

  • This announcement does not preclude an individual’s arrest on a valid warrant PRIOR to his/her appearance at the court.
  • Upon conclusion of the amnesty period, no further consideration will be given and enforcement will resume in earnest for arrests on outstanding warrants.

For complete details please click the links below. 

56A DISTRICT COURT AMNESTY PROGRAM 

FRIEND OF THE COURT AMNESTY PROGRAM 

JUVENILE COURT AMNESTY PROGRAM


old courthouse_tower Circuit Court

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

The Circuit Court has two judges. Hon. Janice K. Cunningham and Hon. John D. Maurer are the present Circuit Court Judges. The Court has original jurisdiction over: 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 cases involving equitable remedies; All juvenile matters previously with the Probate Court  

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. Judge Thomas Byerley is also the Chief Judge of the Probate, Circuit, and District Courts.  

Probate Court

The Michigan Constitution of 1850 created a Probate Court in each county of the state of Michigan.  The Court has one judge, Judge Thomas Byerley, who also sits by assignment in the Family Division.  All juvenile matters and adoptions have been transferred to the Family Division.  The Probate Court continues to have jurisdiction over wills and estates, guardianships and mental health commitment petitions.  

District Court

The District Court was created by statute in 1989.  The Court consists of two judges, Judge Julie Reincke and Judge Julie O'Neill.  District Court has jurisdiction over: Civil cases up to $25,000; Misdemeanors punishable by one year in jail; felony arraignments and preliminary examinations; Landlord-tenant cases; Traffic cases.

 

TRIAL COURT ADMINISTRATION:

  • Beryl J. Frenger, Trial Court Administrator

      bfrenger@eatoncounty.org

 

  • Amy  M. Etzel, Deputy Trial Court Administrator

     aetzel@eatoncounty.org

 

NOTICE:  ALL FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS (FINES, COSTS, RESTITUTION) ARE DUE IN FULL ON THE DATE OF SENTENCING.  PURSUANT TO MCR 1.110

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