Mason County Michigan

51st Circuit Court

51st Circuit Court

Hon. Susan Kasley Sniegowski

304 East Ludington Avenue

Ludington, MI 49431-2121

Phone: 231-843-8202


Circuit Court

The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Michigan. In general, the circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony criminal cases (cases where the accused, if found guilty, could be sent to prison). In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from the other trial courts or from administrative agencies.

The family division of circuit court handles all cases regarding divorce, paternity, adoptions, personal-protection actions, emancipation of minors, treatment and testing of infectious disease, safe delivery of newborns, name changes, juvenile offenses and delinquency, juvenile guardianship, and child abuse and neglect.  The friend of the court office is part of the family division of the circuit court and handles domestic relations cases where minor children are involved.

There are 57 circuit courts in Michigan.  Circuit court judges are elected for six-year terms.