Honorable L. Suzanne Geddis, 44th Circuit Court
Roberta L. Sacharski, J.D., Trial Court Administrator,
44th Circuit, 53rd District Court and Probate Court Administrator
Juror Scam Alert
WARNING: Please be on the lookout for fraudulent phone calls or emails regarding jury service. Through calls and emails, scammers are pressuring citizens to provide confidential data, threatening prosecution for failing to comply with jury service, and claiming fines are owed for missing jury duty. If you receive a call or email of this nature, please contact Detective Matt Young at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at (517) 546-2440.
The 44th Circuit Court of Livingston County handles felony criminal cases, civil liability cases where damages are alleged to be above $25,000, all Family Court cases including divorce, custody, support, and related cases, and all Juvenile Court cases.
Juvenile Court cases include Child Protection, Juvenile Justice, Adoption, and Personal Protection where protection is sought from a minor (rather than for a minor). For
Child Protection cases, the Court’s responsibility is to protect the safety and well-being of children. For Juvenile Justice cases, the Court’s responsibility is to support the current and future safety of the community by providing services to support the success of youth and their families in avoiding future system involvement. Livingston County Juvenile Court works closely with other organizations serving youth and families in the community, and is affiliated with a national organization, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as one of only 34 Model Courts in the country and the only
Model Court in Michigan.
Family Court cases are conducted with the support of the
Friend of the Court. Livingston County Courts recognize that often, there is stress and significant emotional challenge to the all members of the family during these cases. The Court encourages parents to be attentive to the needs of children, and to consider seeking services and support as needed. Although the Court does not endorse any specific providers of services, there are groups that encourage parties to consider peaceful conflict resolution, and provide access to resources to support that. More information can be found at
Livingston Inter-Disciplinary Professional Association (LIPA) or
Family Mediation Council – Michigan websites. Families are also encouraged to seek help from mental health professionals who work with families as appropriate.