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

Kevin J. Bowling
JD, Circuit Court Administrator
Acting Juvenile Court Director
(616) 786-4100
Susan M. Franklin
Trial Court Director
(616) 846-8320
Jennell L. Challa
Friend of the Court
(616) 846-8210

Mission Statement

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

Vision Statement

As a leader among Courts we exemplify high standards for justice and public service.

Values Statement

As courts serving the public, we embrace the following values:
C = Collaboration
O = Operational Excellence
U = Understanding
R = Restoration
T = Transparency
S = Service

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.

Strategic Plans