Kalamaoo County

Ninth Judicial Circuit Court


The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court has county-wide jurisdiction for:
  • criminal matters in which the potential sentence is incarceration of one year or more
  • domestic relations matters
  • juvenile matters pertaining to delinquency or criminal activity
  • child protective proceedings
  • adoptions
  • name changes
  • emancipations
  • general civil actions involving claims of $25,000 or more
  • county wide appeals from District Court, Probate Court, administrative agencies of state government and local government boards.
The Circuit Court operates from six buildings in the City of Kalamazoo:
Gull Road Courthouse
1400 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
(269) 385-6000

Family Division:
  • child protective proceedings
  • domestic proceedings
  • juvenile proceedings
  • personal protection orders
Michigan Avenue Courthouse
227 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 383-8837

Trial Division:
  • appeals from district court, probate court and administrative agencies
  • civil proceedings
  • criminal proceedings
  • Friend of the Court show cause hearings
Friend of the Court Office
Gull Road Justice Complex 1st floor
1536 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048-1621
(269) 384-8200
Juvenile Home
1424 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
(269) 385-8550
  • Detention Services
  • Day Treatment Program
  • Youth Center School
  • Intensive Learning Center
Youthful Offender Transitions Program
Park Trades Center
326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Suite 304
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 978-0767


The seven full-time judges of the Circuit Court (five Circuit judges and two Probate judges serving in the Circuit Court) serve in either the Family Division or the Trial Division. However, the Circuit Court operates under a central assignment system that assigns judges to assist with each other's dockets as needed. If a Family Division judge is unavailable for a scheduled hearing, the proceeding may be transferred to an available Family Division judge or one of the Trial Division judges. Likewise, if a Trial Division judge is unavailable for a scheduled hearing, the proceeding may be transferred to an available Trial Division judge or one of the Family Division judges.

Service units directly support the Family and Trial Divisions:

  • Automation & Technology/Chief Court Clerk
  • Finance
  • Drug Treatment Courts and Planning
  • Friend of the Court
  • Juvenile Home


Chief Circuit/Probate Judge: Honorable Curtis J. Bell
Chief Judge Circuit/Probate Pro Tempore: Honorable Gary C. Giguere, Jr.
Presiding Judge of Family Division: Honorable Stephen D. Gorsalitz
Presiding Judge of Trial Division: Honorable Pamela L. Lightvoet
Circuit Court Administrator: Suzanne M. Darling
Trial Division Administrator: Ann E. Filkins
Family Division Administrator: Katherine B. Flack
Administrator of Problem Solving Courts: Ann E. Filkins
Finance Services Administrator: Susan M. Sayles
Technology Administrator/Chief Court Clerk: Ruth A. Gruizenga
Friend of the Court: K.Nigel Crum
Juvenile Home Administrator: Peter D. Holt

If you require special accommodations to use the court because of a disability or if you require a foreign language interpreter to help you fully participate in court proceedings, please contact the court to make arrangements.

Interpreter Needed

     Family Division (269) 385-6069

     Trial Division (269) 383-8842

Disability Accommodations (269) 383-8928

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