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Circuit Court Programs and Services Index

ADEPT (After Divorce: Effective Parenting Techniques) Program
ADEPT is an educational and communication skills training program that serves the children of Oakland County by training parents to effectively co-parent.  Co-parents learn to use appropriate communication rather than engaging in conflict and additional litigations, which has a detrimental effect on the children.
Adult Treatment Court (ATC)

ATC offers the Oakland County Circuit Court a sentencing alternative for non-violent, felony offenders with serious substance abuse problems. This program addresses the underlying, substance abuse problems that lead many offenders to engage in criminal behavior.

CHOICE (Court Help On Increasing Control & Effectiveness) Program 

These parent guidance classes are provided by the Court Clinic and are intended for the parents of juvenile probationers. Courses are designed to assist adults in gaining further effectiveness as parents, to improve discipline and control, and to bring parents together to provide mutual support and understanding.

Civil Case Conference Pilot Program

The sixth Judicial Circuit Court has established a Civil Case Conference Pilot Program that refers selected civil matters to a case conference to be conducted among counsel prior to the issuance of a scheduling order by the Court.  This Pilot Program will study whether requiring counsel to participate in early case conferences - similar to those currently required under FRCP 26(f) - will promote the issuance of more effective scheduling orders for the administration of cases, and more efficient progression and resolution cases. 

Civil Early Intervention Conference Program

In October 2004 the Circuit Court launched a program aimed at requiring litigants in civil disputes to meet at the outset of the litigation process.  These early intervention conferences, under the guidance of volunteer facilitators, serve to define and narrow the issues in a case and to foster communication between the parties.  The facilitators also introduce other forms of alternate dispute resolution to the parties and explore settlement opportunities. 

Custody Evaluations

When custody of a minor child is disputed between parents during a divorce, the Friend of the Court steps in and evaluates who will be awarded custody. Following an investigation, the Friend of the Court considers the "best interest" of the child and prepares a report to help the judge determine who shall be custodian.

Electronic Filing   

A program that allows specified court documents to be filed electronically with the Clerk's Office.  Tyler Technologies' Odyssey File & Serve, our chosen vendor, provides a portal through which documents are electronically filed.  Administrative Order 2007-3 provides the rules and out line of the program.  Participating judges and case types are listed on the Efiling Information web page.  Training on the system is provided in person, online or via video.  Click [HERE] for questions frequently asked.

Felony Pleas in District Court
This program enables criminal defendants to enter felony pleas at the district court, provided the defendant, defense attorney and prosecutor agree on the record. This eliminates the need for a circuit court arraignment and could reduce the length of stay in jail by two weeks or more.

Options: Family-Focused Juvenile Treatment Court

This grant-funded drug court works with youths who are non-violent, repeat offenders with serious substance abuse problems. Members of the program are provided with close judicial supervision, intensive drug treatment, and support for both employment and school.

IRAP (Intensive Reintegration Aftercare Program)

IRAP is a community-based aftercare program for high-risk youth, 12 to 18 years of age, intended to strengthen successful reintegration into their home community. Intensive, family-based programs include tethers, random drug testing, and substance abuse treatment, as well as numerous other services and activities.

Jail Tours

This program provides a brief reality-based experience to 16-and 17-year-old court wards.  For this group of soon-to-be legal adults, the message conveyed by the jail tour is that further offenses can exact a heavy toll on freedom and dignity.

Juvenile Probation Services

Probation, or "conditional community placement," provides judicial and psychological support to the juvenile while involving the offender in community service activities.

Law Day

Law Day is May 1, a national day of observance to celebrate our legal heritage. On this day, we reflect on how our legal system affects the lives of every American and how the freedoms we enjoy would not be possible without an independent judiciary.

Mentors Plus

Oakland County Youth Assistance's Mentors Plus matches caring adults with young people who need a positive, adult figure in their lives. Volunteers can choose to work with an at-risk youngster, or they may want to become involved in delinquency prevention or intervention. Mentors help guide a young person with minor court involvement back onto the right track.

New Attorney Swearing In

The Oakland County Circuit Court and the Oakland County Bar Association co-sponsor this ceremony, which is held biannually in May and November. The ceremonies, held in the Board of Commissioners Auditorium, recognize approximately 80 inductees taking the oath for admission to the bar.

Parenting Calendar

To assist interested parents and human service providers to know about the various options available throughout the county, Youth Assistance produces a calendar that describes upcoming parenting/family education programs offered by over 100 sources. The calendar is regularly updated as new program schedules are determined. Each program has a contact person and phone number listed.  We strongly encourage parents to call to determine the appropriateness and other specifics of the program before they attend. Youth Assistance does not endorse any of the programs nor guarantee their availability or content.

Parenting Time Mediation Program with the Oakland Mediation Center

Parenting time disputes are most effectively resolved by two parents. The Friend of the Court and the Oakland Mediation Center can assist you in resolving parenting time issues at no cost. Contact your Friend of the Court Family Counselor to see whether your case is appropriate for mediation.

Personal Protection Orders

A personal protection order, or PPO, is an order issued by the Circuit Court.  It may protect you from being hit, threatened, harassed, or stalked by another person.  The PPO may also stop someone from coming into your home or bothering you at work.  It can stop them from buying a firearm or finding your address through school records.  It can also stop them from taking your minor children unless required by the court. 

Removing the Mysteries of Probate Court Removing the Mysteries of Probate Court

This seminar is sponsored by the Probate Court. Experts, including Probate staff, bank trust officers and private attorneys, educate attendees on topics regarding Wills, estates, trust, guardianships, conservatorships, and the new Probate Code. These discussions are held in the fall and spring at various community centers and are free to the public.

SMILE (Start Making It Livable for Everyone) Program

SMILE is a one-session program provided by Friend of the Court for separating/divorced parents with minor children. The program provides parents with information regarding the effects of divorce, the needs of their children, and offers help in promoting children's healthy adjustment to divorce.

STAR (Skill Training in Adolescent Relationships) Program

The Court Psychological Clinic provides adolescent group therapy for participants of the Intensive Probation Program for approximately six months. These sessions concentrate on the areas of problem solving techniques, social skill building, and anger restraint training.

Status Offender Services

The Special Services Unit of Casework Services offers a specialized intervention, which provides services to the minor and to the family of youngsters who run away from home. The basic objective is to divert as many cases as possible from formal Court involvement, detention and out-of-home placement.

STRIDE (Short Term Rapid Intervention and Diversion Effort)

This project provides two days of intensive intervention for youth who are on probation and have committed a technical violation of their probation rules, such as curfew violation, school truancy, etc.  Youngsters participate in work details and didactic programs on retail fraud prevention, anger management and communication skills, while receiving job training and attending group and family counseling sessions.

U-Turn (Turn Your Life Around) Program

The program's intent is to educate youth and their parents about the consequences of crime and the realities of prison life while reinforcing the value of making smart decisions (staying in school, abstaining from drugs and alcohol, making wise choices about peers, employment, parental involvement, etc.) in order to keep youth from having any further contact with the Juvenile Justice System.  The program is a partnership between Oakland County Youth Assistance and the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

 

Youth Assistance

Youth Assistance is a community-based program whose mission is to strengthen youth and families and to prevent and reduce delinquency, neglect and abuse through volunteer involvement.

Youth Community Service

As a part of their probation, delinquent offenders are usually ordered to complete 30 to 100 hours of community service. Recruited community agencies agree to provide supervised work opportunities in which youngsters can serve their hours.