About Circuit Court

About Circuit Court

Oakland County Sixth Circuit Court consists of an Administrator's Office and three divisions.

Court Administrator's Office 

The Court Administrator's Office handles all business operations of the Circuit Court, including personnel, education and training, caseflow management, finance and budgeting, records management, press and media relations and information management. The office also advises on legal issues affecting court operations.

Civil/Criminal Division Overview

The Civil/Criminal Division handles two types of cases.

Civil cases are cases between or among two or more parties where damages must exceed $25,000. These cases may involve automobile accidents, personal injury, medical and professional malpractice, hazards involving products, labor issues, written agreements and land disputes.

Criminal cases include felony cases and misdemeanors, ranging from trespassing to first-degree murder.

Family Division Overview 

The Family Division handles cases involving divorce, adoption, juvenile delinquency, child custody, paternity and child support, abuse and neglect, personal protection orders, ancillary guardianships, conservatorships and other cases involving matters of the family.

Business Division Overview 

The Business Division was created as a direct result of the administrative merger of the Circuit and the Probate Courts.  This division is responsible for the development and delivery of business and administrative support services for both Courts.

NOTE: In October of 2000, some of the administrative and business functions of the Circuit Court and Probate Courts merged. The preparations for the merger began 1998 when the Family Division was moved to the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court.