Honorable Theresa M. Brennan
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Honorable Theresa M. Brennan

Judge Name:Honorable Theresa M. Brennan
Location and contact information:

Judge's role(s) with the Courts:Elected District Court Judge, Family Court Judge, and Circuit Court Judge by Assignment.
Judge's history on the bench:Judge Brennan was appointed in 2005.  She was elected in 2006 to a two year term and was elected to a six year term in 2008 and 2014.
Judge's educational background:JD from Cooley Law School in 1982 BS in Political Science and Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 1979.
Judge's prior work history:Judge Brennan was a partner in the law firm of Brennan & Burns for approximately 22 years, practicing primarily civil litigation and municipal law.
Judge's professional associations:Michigan District Judges Association, Board of Directors of the Michigan District Judges Association.
Typical Court Days:


  • Pretrials staggered between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. Final pretrials
  • 1:30 p.m. Motion to Modify/Terminate/Extend PPO
  • 2:30 p.m. Motion to Establish PPO
  • 3:00 p.m. Motion to Show Cause for Violating PPO


Motions filed by Attorneys
  • 9:00 a.m. Motion Re: Spousal Support
  • 9:30 a.m. Objection to FOC Recommendations

Motions filed by people not represented by an Attorney

  • 1:30 p.m. Motions filed by Prosecutor (Family Support Division)
  • 3:00 p.m. Motions for Name Change


  • Trials/hearings


  • Trials/hearings


  • Trials/hearings
Packet(s) Distributed at Case Filing:

A scheduling order is provided when filing.
Scheduling Orders: A scheduling order is provided when filing a Circuit Court civil case.  A scheduling order is provided at the pretrial in District Court civil cases and divorces.
Motion practices:


Entry of Judgements:
Judgments are entered pursuant to Michigan Court Rules

Case Processing Information:Judge’s copies shall be provided to the Court by hand delivery to 224 North First Street, Brighton, Michigan; or email to jbrennanmotions@livgov.com
Other Information: Adjournments
If there have been no prior adjournments and all parties agree: pretrials may be adjourned for two weeks.

 I am acutely aware of the emotional and financial impact on people involved in litigation.  As your judge, my responsibility is to ensure that cases are resolved efficiently and effectively while ensuring rights are protected.  Procedures to achieve these goals have been implemented.  Judges are public servants and we continuously strive to improve the justice system.  Your Livingston County Judges have worked together to address issues regarding the distribution of the workload.  Specialty courts have been created to address specific needs in our community, such as a mental health court and a drug court.  Serious issues such as mental illness, substance abuse and domestic violence are being addressed using innovative processes.