Court Appointed Attorneys
Court Administration
204 S Highlander Way
Suite 5
Howell, MI   48843
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
Closed County Holidays
Ph:  517.546.8079
Jury Info: 517.546.1661
Fax: 517.546.0048
Court Administration

Court Appointed Attorneys

Court Appointed Attorneys: Livingston County makes a court appointed attorney available to parties who are involved in court on a charge that could result in jail, and who qualify for the service.  Attorney appointments for all Livingston County Courts are made through Circuit Court Administration.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I find out if I qualify for a Court Appointed Attorney?,

Determination of whether you are qualified to get a court appointed attorney is made following a brief interview that is conducted by Circuit Court Administration staff. You must appear in person for this interview. Staff is available from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Judicial Center, 204 S. Highlander Way Suite 5, Howell, MI 48843.

Can I choose my own attorney when I qualify for a Court appointed attorney?,

No. When a party is qualified for a court appointed attorney an attorney is selected by the Court and assigned to the party. If you know of a possible conflict that the attorney who has been appointed to represent you has in representing you, bring it to the attention of Court staff as soon as possible.

Since I got this attorney from the Court, should I be worried that everything I tell the attorney will get back to the Court?,

Attorneys who accept appointments from the Court are private practice attorneys who are not employed by the Court. These attorneys are provided to represent the interests of the parties they are assigned to, and have ethical obligations to their clients, and rules from their own profession that they must follow regarding confidentiality. It is in your best interest if you are using a court appointed attorney to provide as much information as possible, and to ask any questions that you may have.

At what point in the case do I ask for a court appointed attorney?,

Circuit Court Administration cannot appoint an attorney until after the arraignment has taken place. Generally, it is best to come to Circuit Court Administration immediately after receiving paperwork following the arraignment if possible. You will receive paperwork after the arraignment hearing at the “Criminal Matters” window in District Court. If charges are related to an existing Circuit Court case, you will receive paperwork from the Court Clerk in the courtroom following the hearing.

What do I need to bring with me when I ask for a court appointed attorney?,

Bring all paperwork you received to Circuit Court Administration. This will include a Bond or a Notice to Appear.


When should I contact my attorney?,

Generally, you will have about two weeks before you appear back in Court. If an attorney is appointed for you, the name and phone number of the attorney will be provided to you. You should contact your attorney as soon as possible. If you have not contacted your attorney by the time of your next hearing, your attorney will be at Court at that time, and you should arrive in time to consult with your attorney. Although they should return your call when you contact them, court appointed attorneys generally do not initiate contact with parties in advance of the court hearing.