Honorable Michael P. Hatty
Livingston County, MichiganCourtsHonorable Michael P. Hatty

Honorable Michael P. Hatty

Judge name:Honorable Michael P. Hatty, Chief Judge 44th Circuit & 53rd District Courts
Location and Contact Information:Judicial Center, Courtroom 4
204 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
517.546.9816 or 517.546.3060
Judge's elected position:Circuit Court Judge
Judge's role(s) with the Courts:Judge Hatty is assigned 35% of the criminal docket,  33% of the civil docket, 17% of the domestic docket, 33% of Personal Protection cases, 33% of Name Change cases and 34% of DC Appeals. Judge Hatty is the presiding Judge of Treatment Court and Business Court. Judge Hatty is the lead Judge for the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program.
Case types regularly assigned to judge:Felony criminal cases; Civil cases with alleged damages above $25,000 or otherwise served in Circuit Court. Domestic, Divorce, Name Changes and Personal Protection cases.
Judge's history on the Livingston County bench:Appointed to the bench by the Governor in 2009, elected in 2010 to complete the partial term of his predecessor, and re-elected in 2012 to a full six year term. Re-elected in 2018 to a full six year term.
Judge's educational background:B.A. in Political Science and Business from Western Michigan University, J.D. from Cooley Law School.
Judge's prior work history:While in law school, Judge Hatty worked for various Senate committees as well as in the criminal division of the Michigan Attorney General. Prior to taking the bench in 2009, he was engaged in the private practice of law for 29 years handling criminal, general civil, real estate, family, business and municipal matters, including serving as township general counsel for twenty four years and a business law college lecturer for ten years.
Judge's professional associations,
awards, and other involvements:
Member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Livingston County Bar Association.
Admitted to practice law in Michigan Courts, Federal District Courts and the United States Supreme Court.
Practice notes:Criminal Cases, Including Personal Protection OrdersCivil Cases, Including Domestic
Typical motion days:Thursday morningsThursday afternoons
Packet(s) distributed at case filing:Information about the case will be mailed to all parties after case filing. A packet of materials is provided by the Circuit Court Clerk upon filing. The example shown does not include dates - dates will be filled in on the packet provided at filing.
Motion Practice:
Any Adjournment must come through a motion or stipulation and order, which must be approved by the judge. Any adjournment must be by the moving party.
Motion Practice:
Motion for Summary Disposition
Must be reserved and filed with Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
Transcripts: All transcripts must be ordered through Court Administration.