Kalamaoo County

Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

ABOUT THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT

JURISDICTION OF THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT
The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court has county-wide jurisdiction for:
  • criminal felony cases with a potential sentence of one or more years of incarceration
  • 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 and administrative agencies of state government and local government boards.
LOCATION OF THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT
The Circuit Court operates from three buildings:

Friend of the Court (877)543-2660

Family Division (269) 385-6000

Gull Road Justice Complex
1536 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

  • child protective proceedings
  • domestic proceedings
  • juvenile proceedings
  • adoptions
  • ancillary proceedings
  • emancipations
  • Friend of the Court show cause hearings

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Trial Division (269) 383-8837

Criminal
Michigan Avenue Courthouse (MAC)
227 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Civil
Crosstown Center
150 E. Crosstown Parkway
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

  • appeals from District Court and administrative agencies of state government and local government boards
  • civil proceedings
  • criminal proceedings
  • personal protection orders (ppo)
  • name changes

Michigan Avenue Courthouse (MAC)

Crosstown Center
Crosstown Center

Juvenile Home (269) 385-8550

Juvenile Home
1424 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

 

  • Detention Services
  • Day Treatment Program
  • Youth Center School
  • Intensive Learning Center

ORGANIZATION OF THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT

The eight full-time judges of the Circuit Court (five Circuit judges, two Probate judges and one District Judge serving in the Circuit Court) serve in either the Family Division or the Trial Division (criminal and civil). 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 Services
  • Drug Treatment Court Program
  • Friend of the Court
  • Juvenile Home

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Chief Circuit/Probate Judge: Honorable Curtis J. Bell
Chief Judge Circuit/Probate Pro Tempore: Honorable Alexander C. Lipsey
Presiding Judge of Family Division: Honorable Stephen D. Gorsalitz
Presiding Judge of Trial Division: Honorable Paul J. Bridenstine
Circuit Court/Probate Court Administrator/Probate Register: Thomas M. Canny
Deputy Court Administrator/Trial Division Administrator: Chad A. Kewish
Family Division Administrator: Suzette L. Joseph
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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