8TH CIRCUIT COURT

Honorable Raymond Voet, Chief Judge

Honorable Suzanne Kreeger

                       Honorable Ronald J. Schafer


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Overview

The Circuit Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in Michigan. It has jurisdiction over all actions except those given by state law to another court. The Circuit Court has original jurisdiction in all civil cases involving more than $25,000, in all criminal cases where the offense is a felony or a serious misdemeanor, all domestic relations cases, and all child abuse, neglect, and delinquency cases. The Circuit Court also hears appeals from lower courts; appeals from local government boards such as zoning appeals; and appeals from some administrative agencies of state government (such as the Driver’s License Appeal Division of the Secretary of State).

The Court’s activities include the following functions:

  • Administration and Adjudication Support Services
  • Circuit Court Services
  • Circuit Court Probation
  • Family Division Juvenile Programs
  • Friend of the Court

Hours

8:30 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Note- 8th Circuit Court Judges and Staff alternate from week to week between Ionia and Montcalm. They can be reached at the following addresses:

Addresses

Ionia County Circuit Court
100 W. Main St., Courthouse
Ionia, MI 48846
*located on the second floor

Montcalm County Circuit Court
629 N. State St., P.O. Box 296
Stanton, MI 48888

Clerk’s Contact Information

Ionia County Clerk’s Office
Tonda Rich

Phone 616-527-5322
Fax 616-527-8201

Montcalm County Clerk’s Office
Kristen Millard

Phone 989-831-3520
Fax 989-831-3525

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Presiding Judges

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Hon. Suzanne Hoseth-Kreeger – Chief Judge (P-42238)
Rachelle Thomas, Court Administrator
Phone (Ionia) 616-527-5315
Phone (Montcalm) 989-831-7363
Fax – Judge Copies (Ionia) 6165275381
Fax – Judge Copies (Montcalm) 989-831-7428

Rebecca Akin –  Court Recorder
Beverly Lester – Court Recorder

*Please be advised that the personnel of the Trial Courts in Michigan are prohibited from providing legal advice.

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Circuit Court Fee Schedule

** CIVIL FILING FEE $150.00
JURY DEMAND FEE $  85.00
MOTION FEE $  20.00
WRIT OF GARNISHMENT, ATTACHMENT, EXECUTION, OR JUDGMENT DEBTOR DISCOVERY SUBPOENA $  15.00
APPEALS FROM CIRCUIT COURT $  25.00
APPEALS TO CIRCUIT COURT $150.00
JUDGMENT & ORDER ENTRY FEE (child support ) $  40.00
JUDGMENT & ORDER ENTRY FEE (custody & parenting time) $  80.00
ANCILLARY CONSERVATORSHIP $150.00
ANCILLARY GUARDIANSHIP $150.00
ORDER OF FILIATION $  49.00
JUSTICE SYSTEM ASSESSMENT (traffic / civil infractions) $  40.00
MISDEMEANOR STATE MINIMUM COSTS (simple misdemeanor) $  40.00
MISDEMEANOR STATE MINIMUM COSTS ( serious / specified) $  45.00
FELONY STATE MINIMUM COSTS $  60.00
DRIVER LICENSE REINSTATEMENT $  45.00
** No fee is charged for a Writ of Habeous Corpus or for filings under section 2950, 2950(a) or 2950(h) to 29580(m)

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