23rd Circuit Court

The 23rd Judicial Circuit Court is one of the largest circuits, geographically, in the State of Michigan. The 23rd Circuit Court covers the counties of Alcona, Arenac, Iosco and Oscoda, and has two Circuit Judges.

The 23rd Circuit Court has jurisdiction over all civil cases involving more than $25,000, all criminal cases where the offense is a felony or serious misdemeanor, all domestic relations cases, all child abuse, neglect and delinquency cases and other case types.
The Circuit Court also hears appeals from District Court; appeals from local government boards such as zoning appeals; and appeals from some administrative agencies of state government such as the Driver’s License Appeal Division of the Secretary of State.
 
General Court Hours
Monday thru Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CHIEF JUDGE OF THE 23RD CIRCUIT COURT
ALLEN C. YENIOR
Circuit Court Judges
Ronald M. Bergeron
Circuit Court Judge
120 N Grove Street
PO Box 609
Standish, MI 48658
Phone No. 989-846-6131
Fax No. 989-846-6757
 
Judge Ronald M. Bergeron was elected to the Circuit Court bench in 1996. Prior to his election to the Circuit Court, Judge Bergeron sat as a Probate/Juvenile Judge from 1983 to 1996.
 
William F. Myles
Circuit Court Judge 
422 W Lake Street
PO Box 658
Tawas City, MI 48764
Phone No. 989-362-3485
Fax No. 989-984-1006
 
Judge William F. Myles was elected to the Circuit Court bench in 2002.
 
Richard E. Vollbach Jr.
Arenac County Probate, 81st District Court Judge,
Presiding Family Court Judge and Chief Judge Pto Tempore
 
Judge Richard E. Vollbach Jr. took the bench in 2009. He serves as the Presiding Judge of the Family Court, as well as Probate Judge, 81st District Court Judge and Chief Judge Pro Tempore.
 
 
 
Administration & Staff
 
Cristy Slocum
Circuit Court Administrator
120 N. Grove, PO Box 609
Standish, MI 48658
Phone No. 989-846-6200
Fax No. 989-846-6757
 
Christal Richards
Judicial Secretary for Judge Bergeron
Assignment Clerk for Judge Vollbach
Phone No. 989-846-6131
Fax No. 989-846-6757
 
Cheryl Southworth
Judicial Secretary for Judge Myles
Phone No. 989-362-3485
Fax No. 989-984-1006
 
April Stephenson
ADR Clerk
Phone No. 989-984-1005
Fax No. 989-984-1006
 
Wendy Dematio
Court Reporter for Judge Bergeron
989-846-6131
 
Deborah Hill
Court Reporter for Judge Myles
989-984-1004
 
June Baker
Probate Register
120 N Grove, PO Box 666
Standish, MI 48658
Phone No. 989-846-6941
Fax No. 989-846-9199
 
Judy Bell
Juvenile Register
120 N Grove, PO Box 747
Standish, MI 48658
Phone No. 989-846-9187
Fax No. 989-846-9199
 
 
Additional Information                                                       
Frequently Asked Questions                                            
Jury Information                                                                    
Legal Advice
 
                                                                                      
Forms Available Online
 
All Michigan State Court Administrative Office approved forms are available at the SCAO web site at:  
http://www.courts.mi.gov/scao/courtforms/index.htm
 
 
Courthouse Security
 
1.       No weapons are allowed in the Arenac County Courthouse. This prohibition does not apply to court security personnel in the performance of their official duties or law enforcement officers who are transporting prisoners. The Chief Judge may authorize additional exceptions in extraordinary circumstances.
 
2.   All persons and their belongings and all parcels are subject to screening by 
      the Arenac County Sheriff Department or the Court Bailiff for the purposes of 
      keeping weapons from entering the facility.          
      If at any time there is an articulated or reasonable suspicion that a weapon may be  
      found, a person or object is subject to search. The search shall be no more intrusive 
      than necessary to protect against dangers presented.
 
3.   Notice is posted that “NO weapons are permitted in the Arenac County Courthouse. All 
      persons and parcels are subject to a search for weapons and restricted items as a condition of entry. Persons in violation of this order may be held in contempt of court.”
 
4.   All cellular phones and pagers must be turned off before entering the courtroom.
 
5.   The following will not be tolerated while in the courtroom:
 
a.       eating food of any kind
b.      chewing gum
c.       drinking beverages
d.      talking
 
Attire in the Courtroom
 
Litigants, witnesses, and jurors shall be appropriately attired when attending a session of court. Proper attire for gentlemen could include: button shirt, sweater, slacks, shoes and stockings. Proper attire for women could include: dress, blouse, sweater, skirt, slacks, suit and shoes.
 
Seeking Legal Advice
 
Lawyer Referral Services
State Bar of Michigan
1-800-968-0738
 
Jury Duty
 
Jurors are an essential part of the American Judicial System. Most people who serve on jury duty find it to be worthwhile and extremely helpful in understanding how the legal system works. Without jurors, the jury system cannot work. We know that jury service means rearranging schedules, canceling appointments and, often times, missing work. Your public service as a juror protects our right as Americans to have a trial by an impartial jury of our peers. Should you be called to serve as a juror in Arenac County, we will make every effort to make your experience valuable and to cause you the least inconvenience possible. 
 
If you have been selected to serve on a jury, you may call 989-846-6757 after 4:30 PM the evening before your report date to receive the latest information regarding your trial.
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
How was I selected to serve as a juror?
 
You were randomly selected by the Michigan Secretary of State via computer from an index of all Arenac County residents over 18 years of age currently holding a Michigan Drivers License or a Michigan Personal Identification card.
 
Who is exempt from jury service?
 
You are exempt if:
 
1.            You are not a United States Citizen
2.            You do not speak or understand English
3.            You are over 70 years old and wish to claim that exemption
4.            You have served as a juror during the  past 12 months
5.            You have been convicted of a felony
 
Can I be excused from jury duty?
 
To be considered for excuse from jury duty, you must submit a letter to the Circuit Judge with your reason to be excused or deferred to a different time. If you request to be excused because of medical reasons, please attach a note from your physician. Failure to appear for jury duty without proper excuse may result in contempt of court.
 
Am I required by law to fill out the qualifying questionnaire?
 
You are required by state law to fill out the qualifying questionnaire and return it to the County clerk for filing no later than ten days from the date you received it. Persons who do not respond to the questionnaire may be requested to appear before the Circuit Judge to explain why the questionnaire was not completed and returned. Failure to report for jury duty may result in a Show Cause Hearing being scheduled by the Court.
 
The questionnaire is addressed to my son/daughter who is away at college/military. What should I do?
 
Again, by law, the questionnaire must be returned. You have two options, forward the questionnaire to him/her and have them return it within ten days, or you can fill out the questionnaire for him/her indicating their situation, sign your name indicating that you are the parent or legal representative and return the questionnaire within the ten days. If they have permanently moved and changed their address on their driver’s license and declared residency in another county or state, please indicate and return the form.
 
I received a questionnaire, but no longer live in Arenac County, what should I do?
 
By law, you must still return the questionnaire. We request that you indicate your new address and return the questionnaire within ten days.
 
How much does it cost to file a case in Circuit Court?
 
The filing fee to open a Circuit Court Case is currently $150.00.
 
What is the cost for creating a new record?
 
Some of the common charges are:
 
1.       Criminal record search that required the creation or compilation of a new written record at the
2.       Request of the customer - $10.00
 
3.       Civil record search that requires the creation of compilation of a new written record at the request of the customer - $10.00
 
4.       Certified copy of conviction, judgment of other filed document - $10.00 plus $1.00 per page
 
5.       Copy of filed document, not certified - $1.00 per page
 
6.       Copy of court form - $1.00 per page
 
7.       Copy of register of actions - $1.00 per page
 
How much does it cost to file a motion?
 
The filing fee for a motion is $20.00
 
Does the Court accept Credit Cards?
 
Yes. Court Ordered fees, costs and bonds can be paid by credit card through Government Payment Services by calling 1-888-604-7888 toll free 24 hours a day.
 
What is the Friend of the Court Final Judgment Order Fee?
 
The Friend of the Court Final Judgment Fee is $80.00 regardless of whether the Friend of the Court conducted an investigation or the parties “opted out” of the Friend of the Court services. Any post judgment action in which the custody or parenting time for minor children is determined will incur an $80.00 fee to be paid at the same time that the $20.00 motion is paid.
 
In any action where only the support of minor child/children is determined or modified a $40.00 fee will be paid at the same time that the $20.00 motion fee is paid.
 
In the event that a Judgment or Order contains both custody/parenting time and support provisions, only the $80.00 fee is required.
 
May I obtain a copy of “transcripts” of a Circuit Court proceeding?
 
Yes, you may order copies of transcripts from the Court Reporter. There is a fee for these documents which is set by state statute. Please contact the Court Reporter for the judge assigned to the case for a cost estimate and more information.
 
Where do I file for a Personal Protection Order (PPO)? Is there a fee?
 
You apply for a Personal Protection Order, both “Domestic” and “Stalking”, at the Central Filing Office. There is no fee for the paperwork or filing. However, if you have a law enforcement agency do the service, there is a free for this service.