Kalamaoo County

Ninth Judicial Circuit Court


Service unit employees perform pre and post adjudication functions and directly support the Family and Trial Divisions of the court. Each service unit is directed by a unit administrator. The Circuit Court/Probate Court Administrator/Probate Register, Thomas M. Canny, manages the service unit administrators.

Family Division and Trial Division staff support the judges through services including, but not limited to, scheduling, jury service, alternative dispute resolution, caseflow management, court entry screening programs - juvenile intake and domestic intake, juvenile pretrial services, field services (juvenile probation, foster care), community diversion services, juvenile restitution program, juvenile drug treatment court, personal protection order program (adult and juvenile), alternative programs, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), interpreter services, media relations, and administrative supervision of judicial personnel. The Family Division Administrator is Suzette L. Joseph. The Deputy Court Administrator/Trial Division Administrator is Chad A. Kewish.

The Finance Services unit manages the Circuit Court budget; oversees processing of all fines, restitution and fees collected by the court; operates financial matters of the Friend of the Court and the mandated MiCSES program; coordinates appointed counsel; operates collection services. The Finance Administrator is Susan M. Sayles.

The Circuit Court monitors and maintains court records under a cooperative agreement with the County Clerk/Register. The Chief Court Clerk and assigned staff are deputy county clerks. The Chief Court Clerk is responsible for all official records at the Circuit Court and works closely with the Family Division and Trial Division administrators for maintenance of records. The Chief Court Clerk also administers technology services, including management of the court's case management system, and video recording. The Automation & Technology Administrator/Chief Court Clerk is Ruth A. Gruizenga.

The Kalamazoo County Friend of the Court Office is located in the Gull Road Justice Complex 1536 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048-1621, (877) 543-2660. The Friend of the Court is the investigation, account, report, and enforcement agency of the Circuit Court for domestic relations cases involving child and/or spousal support, child custody, and parenting time matters. K. Nigel Crum serves as the Friend of the Court for Kalamazoo County.

The Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home is the only secure facility in Kalamazoo County for housing young persons who have violated the law. Rehabilitative programs in the Juvenile Home include skill building, educational/vocational training, conflict resolution and mediation training. The Intensive Learning Center and the Day Treatment Program are also located in the Juvenile Home. Peter D. Holt serves as the Juvenile Home Administrator.