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Circuit Court


Scott Hill-Kennedy

Hon. Scott Hill-Kennedy

Kimberly L. Booher

Hon. Kimberly L. Booher

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Room 105
400 Elm Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307

(231) 592-0780
Fax (231) 592-0100

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Circuit Court Adult Probation and Parole

Supervisor -- Paula Garver
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room 212
400 Elm Street, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
(231) 592-0140


77th District Court

Peter Jaklevic

Hon. Peter Jaklevic

Steve Delaney

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Room 118
400 Elm Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307

(231) 592-0794 - Criminal/Traffic
(231) 592-0799 - Civil
Fax (231) 796-2180


Criminal Inquiries

Civil Inquiries

Citizens have more contact with District Court than any other court in the state. District Court has exclusive jurisdiction of all civil litigation up to $25,000.00 and handles garnishments, eviction proceedings, land contract and mortgage foreclosures and other proceedings. In the criminal field, the District Court handles all misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year, relevant proceedings including arraignment, setting and acceptance of bail, trial and sentencing. It also conducts preliminary examinations in felony cases.

The District Court includes a small claims division, for civil cases up to $5,000. In these cases, litigants agree to waive their right to a jury, rules of evidence, representation by a lawyer and the right to appeal from the District Judge’s decision. If either party objects, the case will be heard by the general civil division of the District Court.

By statute, District Judges have the authority to appoint Magistrates. Magistrates may set bail and accept bond in criminal matters, accept guilty pleas and sentence for traffic, motor carrier and snowmobile violations, dog, Department of Natural Resources and marine law violations. The Magistrate may also issue arrest and search warrants authorized by the prosecutor or municipal attorney. Attorney Magistrates may hear small claims cases. Magistrates may, at the direction of the Chief Judge, perform other duties allowed by statue.

District Judges are elected for six-year terms on nonpartisan ballots, under the same requirements as Circuit Judges.


The District Court of Mecosta County has jurisdiction over Small Claims (claims not exceeding $5,000.00), General Civil Complaints (not exceeding $25,000.00), Landlord-Tenant disputes and Land Contract forfeitures.

The District Court of Mecosta County provides an informational brochure regarding the Small Claims process and Landlord-Tenant process. A copy of this brochure may be obtained at the Mecosta County Courthouse, District Court/Civil Division 400 Elm St. Big Rapids, Michigan.

District Court Forms

Courtroom Etiquette

To access court forms from the state

To search for legal information or information on court processes

Click on "One Court of Justice", then "Self-Help" on the right. Go to "General Info" on the left for General Civil Cases. Click on "Types of Court Cases" on the left for: Eviction (for Landlord Tenant matters), Land Contract Forfeiture or Small Claims


District Court Adult Probation

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room 218
400 Elm Street, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
(231) 592-0190
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Probate Court

Marco Menezes

Hon. Marco Menezes

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Room 109
400 Elm Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 592-0135
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Probate Court handles Deceased Estates, and Small Estates not over $20,000. Guardianship/Conservatorships for both adults and minors, Guardianships for Developmentaly Disabled. Mentally Ill Petitions, Emancipation of Minors. Name Changes of Adults and Minors. Wills, Trusts. Conduct Hearings. Open Safety Deposit Boxes. Secret Marriages. Ancillary Administration. Parental Waivers. Notary's.


Family Court Juvenile Division

Probate/Family Court Administrator
Julie A. Wallace

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room 110
400 Elm Street, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
(231) 592-0131
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Friend of the Court

Friend of the Court
Cyndi J. Hunt

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room 110
400 Elm Street, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
(231) 592-0131

Phone:(231) 592-0115
Fax (231) 592-0187

24 Hour FOC Information Line -- Phone: 1-877-543-2660

This section of the County’s website provides information about duties and procedures for the friend of the court, rights and responsibilities of parties in family law matters, and information about basic court procedures in domestic relations cases.

Family law matters can be difficult and painful. The family division of the circuit court is responsible for resolving the legal concerns which affect your family.

Children need both parents. When you cooperate, you reassure your children that change will be positive. You also build the foundation for your new parental relationship and responsibilities. Your children will always want you both to be part of their lives, to attend their high school or college graduations, to be at their weddings and the birth of their children, and to be part of other major life events. They want to be able to say that, despite what mom and dad may have felt toward one another, they always treated each other with courtesy and respect and never put us (the children) in the middle of their dispute.

We will do our best to handle your case quickly and fairly. Please follow the suggestions in this website and you will be well on your way to doing your part.


Much of the information in the Friend of the Court section of the website is derived directly from the Friend of the Court handbook. Copies of the handbook are available at the Friend of the Court office.


Although this website is periodically reviewed and updated to include information to help answer the most common questions, what follows is not an exhaustive list of all policies, civil procedure or domestic relation laws. To ensure you are fully informed it is always advisable you either research your issue at a public law library or you consult with an attorney. As for the materials and information made available throughout this website, the Mecosta County Friend of the Court is not responsible for the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness, or for the results obtained by using them.

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