Honorable Miriam Cavanaugh
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Honorable Miriam Cavanaugh

Judge’s Elected Position:Probate Court Judge
Judge’s Role(s) with the Courts: Chief Judge Livingston County Probate Court; Presiding Judge Probate; Presiding Judge Criminal; Presiding Judge Juvenile Court;
Case Types Regularly Assigned to the Judge:All Probate cases; Criminal Cases; Juvenile cases involving child protection, and Adoptions.
Judge’s History on the Livingston County Bench:Originally elected in 2012, to a six year term ending 2018. Re-elected in 2018 to a second six year term, ending in 2024.
Judge’s Educational Background:1993 Honors Graduate Brighton High school, 1997 Summa Cum Laude graduate U of D Mercy, 2000 Magna Cum Laude graduate U of D Mercy Law School
Judge’s Prior Work History:2000-2003 Michigan Court of Appeals
2003-2012 Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office
Judge’s Professional Associations, Awards, and Other Involvements:
Typical Court Days:Monday: Criminal and Juvenile court
Tuesday: Criminal/ or Probate
Wednesday: Probate Court
Thursday Mornings: Adoptions and FOC hearings
Thursday Afternoons: Criminal Motions/Sentencing
Fridays: Criminal Pretrial and Probate Court

The Probate Court serves an important need for the community. When people are not able to speak for themselves – either because of death or some type of incapacity, the Court serves in the role of making sure that things are taken care of in an orderly fashion, taking the wishes and best interest of the person into account to the extent that is possible. When a person has made plans in advance, such as by leaving a will or setting up a trust, the court enforces those plans. When there are no plans, or when there are unanticipated developments, the Court relies on the laws established by the State and makes findings and issues orders based on evidence presented. When the courts make decisions on behalf of individuals, we take the utmost care to make sure their rights are protected