Juvenile Court



56th Judicial Circuit CourtFamily Division
Eaton County Juvenile Court 
822 Courthouse Dr. 
Charlotte, MI 48813

Phone: (517) 543-6003 x1247
Fax:       (517) 543-3749

Division Director/Attorney Referee: 

Chief Probation Officer:

Juvenile Register:

Amanda G. Pollard   Phone: (517) 543-6003 

Jeremy Mulvany        Phone: (517) 543-6003 x1254                                                                                                   

Kellie Ward                  Phone: (517) 543-6003 x1482

The Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court has jurisdiction over juvenile delinquency cases, child protection proceedings, and adoptions.  The goal of the Juvenile Division is to provide timely and professional assistance to the youth and families in Eaton County.  The Juvenile Division is supervised by Division Director and Attorney Referee, Amanda G. Pollard. 


The Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court oversees the filing and finalization of all adoptions through Eaton County.  Adoptions provide permanency and stability for the county’s children through direct placement adoption, agency adoptions, private adoptions, step-parent adoptions, relative adoptions, and adult adoptions, among others.  The Juvenile Division facilitates these proceedings through filing services, in-home investigations, and hearing coordination.  Please contact Deputy Juvenile Register Cathy Howell at 517-543-6003 x1253 for more information.   


The Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court has jurisdiction over child protective proceeding cases filed by private individuals and the Department of Health and Human Services.

In these cases, a Petition is filed by an interested party for the court to take jurisdiction over a child or children who fall under the child protection law.  Petitions are filed with the Juvenile Division requesting jurisdiction of minor children.

Parties will appear in front of the Juvenile Division Attorney Referee or Family Division Judge for a preliminary hearing where the court will decide whether to authorize the filed petition. The court will decide at this hearing whether removal of the minor child(ren) from the home environment protects the child(ren) from a substantial risk of harm to their life, physical health, and/or mental wellbeing.

If the petition is authorized, the court will set the case for further hearings. Parents have the opportunity to admit, deny, not contest, or stand silent as to the allegations in the petition. If there is no plea, the parents have a right to a trial in front of a judge or jury.

If the children are found to fall under the child protection laws, the court can issue different dispositions including case closure, in home placement with jurisdiction, out of home placement with jurisdiction, or termination of parental rights.

Parents have a right to court appointed counsel at these hearings and an attorney will be provided for each party to the case.  At every hearing, the child(ren) will have a court-appointed attorney to represent the child(ren)’s interests.  Each parent is individually responsible for paying back all of his/her court appointed attorney’s fees, the guardian ad litem’s fees, and other associated court costs subject to a findings on ability to pay.

Please contact Juvenile Register Kellie Ward at 517-543-6003 x1482 for more information.  


In delinquency cases, youth under the age of 17 are brought to court on petitions filed by city attorneys and the county prosecutor.  Juvenile delinquency cases are heard in front of the Juvenile Court Referee generally unless otherwise scheduled with the Family Division Judge. 

Juvenile delinquency cases begin with an Inquiry Hearing where the youth is advised of the charges against him or her. In some cases, it may be in the youth’s and community’s best interest to treat the delinquency case informally through court or county diversion programs.  If the case is not handled informally, the juvenile will have opportunity to plead or request a trial on the allegations. 

The Juvenile Division’s goal is rehabilitation of youth through development of individualized case service plans and monitoring.  If a juvenile pleads, or is found guilty of an offense, there are a number of dispositions available including: warning and case closure, consent calendar, standard probation, home intensive probation, boot camp, tether, Day Treatment, substance abuse treatment, Community Based Treatment, Residential Treatment, and detention. A juvenile may be assigned to a probation officer who will assist in monitoring compliance with the court’s orders.

The court will make appointed counsel available to represent juveniles upon request. Parents and juveniles are jointly and severally responsible for paying back all attorney fees, probation fees, court costs, and other such fees associated with these proceedings subject to a findings on ability to pay.  Please contact Deputy Juvenile Register Kelly Russell at (517) 543-6003 X1246 in the Juvenile Division for more information.  


  Jeremy Mulvany:    Chief Probation Officer 
                                (517) 543-6003 X 1254 

  William Kennedy:    Juvenile Drug Treatment Court and Family SAFE-T Court Coordinator
                                (517) 543 -6003 X 1271

  Elizabeth Grounds:  Home Intensive Care Probation 
                                (517) 543-6003 X 1112

  Kayla Miller:          Day Treatment Program 
                                (517) 543-6003 X 1251

  Lauren Whitaker:    Standard Probation
                                (517) 543-6003 X 1616

  Kirk Ballard:           Home Intensive Probation
                                (517) 543-6003 X 1250

  Kyle Howarth:        Standard Probation, Truancy
                                (517) 543-6003 X 1249

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