The Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction established by the Michigan Constitution, and hears all cases that are not assigned to another court. The most common types of cases to come before the circuit court are felony criminal matters and civil actions where the amount at issue is over $25,000. The Circuit Court is served by the Hon. Amy Grace Gierhart.
Circuit Court Staff
The Circuit Court also has a Family Division.
Hon. Amy Grace Gierhart
Case Evaluation is governed by MCR 2.403 and MCR 2.404.
Circuit Court Case Evaluation is an alternative dispute resolution process that requires civil cases seeking money damages to be evaluated by a panel of three experienced attorneys. The panel will review written and oral presentations to determine the monetary value of each case. The parties will have 28 days to either accept or reject the recommendation of the case evaluators. Once the 28 days has elapsed all cases that rejected the settlement proposed by the evaluators will proceed to trial. The cases accepting the settlement proposed by the evaluators will be scheduled for a settlement conference to finalize the case.
Fees are $25.00 per evaluator. Checks should be made directly payable to each evaluator and forwarded to the ADR Clerk within 14 days of receiving the Notice for Case Evaluation.
All parties must pay the case evaluation fee regardless of whether or not their case has been adjourned, dismissed, or settled. The only exception to this policy is if the adjournment, dismissal, or settlement has been submitted to the Judge within the first 14-day period.
Case Evaluation briefs are to be submitted to the ADR Clerk no later than 14 days before your case evaluation date. Parties will be assessed a late fee in the amount of $150.00 if briefs are not received timely. Late briefs shall be submitted directly to the evaluators. The $150.00 late fee shall be forwarded to the ADR Clerk as follows: three separate checks in the amount of $50.00 made payable to each of the evaluators.
The Thumb Regional Sobriety Court is a cooperative, interjurisdictional program between the 54th, 52nd, and 24th Judicial Circuit Courts, as well as the 71-B, 73-B, and 73-A Judicial District Courts, with the 54th Circuit serving as the coordinating court for the program. Its mission is to improve public safety in Tuscola, Huron and Sanilac counties by organizing an intensive intervention in the lives of repeat drunken or drugged driving offenders. Intensive court supervision, combined with mandatory treatment, provides a proactive response to the problem of driving while under the influence. This reduces recidivism while minimizing incarceration time, therefore reducing jail expenses to the communities. It also is an opportunity to positively impact lives of offenders and their families, encouraging personal responsibility towards being a law abiding productive and substance free citizen.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please consult our manual. If you have further questions, please contact:
These numbers are for any circuit court matters outside of the family division. For questions regarding circuit court records, please call the County Clerk at 989-672-3775.
Circuit Court Staff