53rd Judicial Circuit Court
P.O. Box 110
Rogers City, MI 49779
Phone: 989 734 3288
Fax: 989 734 7635

Chief Circuit Judge
 Honorable Aaron J. Gauthier

The 53rd Judicial Circuit Court is composed of Presque Isle and Cheboygan Counties

NEW! Circuit Court Calendar

 Circuit Court Staff

Karen J. Chapman

Court Administrator

Barb Kennedy
Assignment Clerk
Annette Leeck
Court Recorder
Jude T. Bluemle
Probation Officer
Sarah LaFleche
Probation Officer
Dep. James Budnik
Court Officer
Ann Marie Main

Court Clerk

Rose M. Przybyla
Deputy Court Clerk


Family and Juvenile Division
Jennifer Warwick Juvenile Register
Ann Marie Main
Court Clerk
Danielle Streich

Intensive Probation Officer

Jennifer Warwick Deputy Court Clerk


Circuit Court Terms Commence

January Term  
Second Monday in January
April Term
Second Monday in April
July Term

Second Monday in July

October Term
Second Monday in October

Description of Circuit Court

Presque Isle County files all county felony cases, divorce cases, juvenile neglect and delinquency cases, civil cases, petitions for a name change and adoption proceedings. The County Clerks office also fulfills the function of "Clerk of the Court" and maintains a court journal of all proceedings. They also collect payment for court costs, fines, restitution, state's share of certain payments and other payment ordered by the Court.

The state is divided into judicial circuits along county lines. The number of judges within a circuit is established by the legislature to accommodate required judicial activity. In multi-county circuits, judges travel from one county to another to hold court sessions. The 53rd Judicial Circuit is made up of Presque Isle and Cheboygan counties.

The circuit court is the trial court of general jurisdiction for the 53rd Judicial Circuit. Circuit court has jurisdiction over all actions except those given by state statute to another court. Generally speaking, the circuit court has original jurisdiction in all civil cases involving claims of more than $25,000.00, in all criminal cases where the offense involves a felony or high court misdemeanor, petitions for personal protection orders and in cases related to family matters, including divorce, paternity actions, juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect of minors, adoptions, emancipation of minors and legal name changes.

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

Circuit judges are elected to terms of six years and appear on the ballot as a non partisan office. A candidate must be a qualified elector, resident of the judicial circuit, a lawyer who has been licensed to practice law for at least five years and must be under 70 years of age. Salaries for circuit judges are set by the legislature.

There are three divisions of the Circuit Court: Family Division, Juvenile Division and Friend of the Court. Presiding Judge for Family Division: Honable Donald J. McLennan


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