Hon. Phyllis McMillen

​Presiding Judge of the Civil/Criminal Division

Phyllis McMillen was appointed Judge of the State of Michigan Sixth Circuit Court in August of 2010 and elected in 2012. Prior to serving on the Circuit Court, she was a Judge of the 51st District Court in Waterford, Michigan, for over 15 years. She is the past President of the Michigan District Judges Association and the Oakland County District Judges Association. In 2005, she received a Special Recognition Award from the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy for her pioneering work in the creation of Sobriety Court as an alternative for handling drug and alcohol-related offenses. She is a lecturer, contributing author and faculty member for the various state and national organizations, including the National Drug Court Institute, the American Bar Association and the Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Judge McMillen serves on various executive and advisory boards, including the National Judicial Council for Pretrial Services, the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency. The ICLE Q & A with Judge McMillen can be found at https://community.icle.org/blogs/matthew-j-franson/2022/08/10/q-a-with-judge-jon-van-allsburg-chief-circuit-judg  

COVID-19 Court Protocols

COVID PROTOCOLS for Judge McMillen will continue in effect until further notice.  However, if the Governor, Legislature, or the Supreme Court issue an order requiring an extension of existing shelter at home requirements, these protocols will continue until such an extension terminates.

During the duration of this order, the court will not conduct in-court, personal, proceedings. The COVID-19 Court Protocols takes precedent over the below protocol.



In light of the current health emergency, all in person court appearances before Judge McMillen have been cancelled.  If you have an urgent matter, please contact the judges chambers to arrange an alternate means of having your motion heard.

To better serve the attorneys and litigants appearing in Judge McMillen’s courtroom, we have adopted the following guidelines. Please advise your clients and staff so that there are no misunderstandings. All civil cases are to be electronically filed.