Trial Court  - Hon. Mabel Johnson Mayfield, Chief Judge 

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Our Most Recent Update

NOVEMBER 17th, 2020

Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 positive cases within Berrien County, the Berrien County Trial Court is making two announcements regarding operational changes.   

Effective November 18, 2020, the Trial Court will be returning to Phase One of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Return to Full Capacity Guide.  The court will be conducting hearings remotely via Zoom in as many instances as possible. Notices will be provided to those with pending court cases which include Zoom contact information to utilize to engage in their court hearings.  A very limited amount of hearings will be allowed to occur in-person, and those individuals will be notified of their ability to attend in-person.  Attorneys will also be encouraged to participate in court proceedings remotely.  If you have a question regarding the status of your case or hearing, please use the Department Contact Information listing at the Trial Court website to call or e-mail the court for a status update.  No walk-in foot traffic will be allowed at this time and all individuals must file new paperwork with the court either by mail, drop box, or e-mail.  Any in-person contact with departments at the courthouse facilities will be by appointment only.   

Additionally, in order to maintain the health and safety of the public and staff, the Trial Court will be suspending jury trials through the remainder of 2020. Jurors who have been summoned to report for jury service for the remainder of 2020 are excused and will not be required to call in for duty. The ability of the court to safely resume jury trials will be re-evaluated in January of 2021.

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Criminal - St. Joseph*Open by Appointment Only(269) 983-7111 ext. 8682
Civil - St. Joseph*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8385
County Clerk - Family File Room
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8410
County Clerk - Civil
File Room
*Open by Appointment Only

(269) 983-7111 ext. 8382

County Clerk - Felony
File Room

*Open by Appointment Only

(269) 983-7111 ext. 8227

County Clerk - PPOs
File Room
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8227

Family Division - Intake
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8316
Friend of the Court*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8575
Juvenile Center
*Essential Employees Only
(269) 471-2831
Juvenile Probation
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 982-8613
Misdemeanor Probation - St. Joseph*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8606
Niles Branch
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 6260
Probate
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8365
Self Help Legal Resource Center
*Assistance by Phone or Email Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8742
Traffic - St. Joseph*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8680
Trial Court Finance Office*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8820

*Only parties to the case are permitted to enter the courthouse to attend hearings.

*Please contact the number attached for further details.

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Weapons of any kind are not permitted in the courthouse facilities.

MARIJUANA ACT

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