Mason County Michigan

51st Circuit Court

51st Circuit Court
Hon. Susan Kasley Sniegowski
304 East Ludington Avenue
Ludington, MI 49431-2121

For filing-related matters, call the
Circuit Court Records Office: 231-845-1445

For scheduling matters, call the
Circuit Court Administration Office: 231-845-0516

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.