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20th Circuit Court

Judges of Circuit Court

Jon A. Van Allsburg
Jon A. Van Allsburg
Chief Circuit Judge
Jon H. Hulsing
Jon H. Hulsing
Kent D. Engle
Kent D. Engle
Karen J. Miedema
Karen J. Miedema

Key Staff

Susan M. Franklin

Circuit Court Administrator
(616) 786-4100

Cheryl Zorn

Trial Court Director
(616) 846-8320



Jennell L. Challa

Friend of the Court
(877) 543-2660

Thom Lattig

Juvenile Court Director
(616) 786-4124

Mission Statement

To administer justice and restore wholeness in a manner that inspires public trust.

Vision Statement

We exemplify and deliver the highest standards of justice and public service


Core Values

Core Values - Freedom, Equality, Truth, Justice

Important Information

Please note that all 20th Circuit Court filings after case initiation for most case types must be e-filed. This includes most civil and domestic cases.

The Michigan Court Rules provide that fines, costs and other financial obligations imposed by the court must be paid at the time of assessment, except when the court allows otherwise, for good cause shown. MCR 1.110.

Court Forms for Filing

Forms specific to the 20th Circuit Court are provided below:

Forms for all other case types can be obtained through the State Court Administrative website. Within this directory, forms will be categorized by general types of cases.

Referee Hearings

Forms can be obtained through the Michigan Supreme Court to file a motion to change child support and motion to modify parenting time.

Upon proper completion of the form(s), the Circuit Court office will assign a hearing time and date before a Circuit Court Referee.

Interpreter Needs

The Circuit Court will provide an Interpreter to those in need in order to over come any language barrier that may exist. Any party involved in a Circuit Court proceeding needing an interpreter must contact the Circuit Court office, in writing, so an interpreter can be secured.

Request for Interpreter Form

A review of the Request for Interpreter form is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and Vietnamese.