Livingston County Courts

Livingston County Courts

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New Courthouse Security Policy

​Effective Monday, April 22, 2019, a new security policy will be in effect!

Please note the following items:

  • Everyone* entering the Judicial Center will be subject to screening by Livingston County Sheriff's Department.
  • No outside food or beverage will be permitted.
  • Cell phones are prohibited* in the courthouse.
  • No tobacco products of any kind will be permitted.  This includes lighters, vapes, etc.
* with limited exceptions
Your Court System includes the 44th Circuit Court, located in Howell, the 53rd District Court, located in Howell and Brighton and the Probate Court. Honorable Miriam A. Cavanaugh is Chief Judge of Livingston County Courts.
The Juvenile Court and Family Court are part of the 44th Circuit Court. The 44th Circuit Court also handles felony criminal cases and civil cases with alleged damages totaling over $25,000.  The 53rd District Court handles misdemeanor criminal cases, initial stages of felony criminal cases, traffic cases, landlord/tenant cases, small claims, and civil cases with alleged damages under $25,000. Marriages are also performed in 53rd District Court. Click on each court for more information. 

Livingston County Courts are pleased to serve the needs of the community. Livingston County Courts work with state and national organizations and community providers to achieve the best outcomes, including offering Specialty Courts Programs, , and Services Available for the Community.  Click here for a complete report of the Court’s activities. Information about selected performance measures for Michigan Courts.
Livingston County Courts welcome the input of the community, e-mail us with your questions, comments or concerns.  We cannot answer any specific questions about cases.

 Livingston County Judges

Circuit Court Judges:

Hon. Michael P. Hatty,
Chief Judge 44th Circuit &
53rd District Courts

Hon. L. Suzanne Geddis

Hon. Matthew J. McGivney

Probate Court Judge:

Hon. Miriam A. Cavanaugh,
Chief Judge

District Court Judges:

Hon. Shauna N. Murphy

Hon. Daniel B. Bain