Ottawa County offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of Memorial Day.

20th Circuit Court

Trial Division

414 Washington Avenue
Suite 300
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 846-8320
FAX: (616) 846-8179


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


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


Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

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
Paul F. Kraus
Paul F. Kraus

Leadership Team

Susan M. Franklin
Circuit Court Administrator
(616) 786-4100
Cheryl Zorn
Trial Division Director
(616) 846-8356
Thom Lattig
Juvenile Services Director
(616) 786-4100
Jennell Challa
Friend of the Court
(616) 846-8210

The 20th Circuit Court Trial Division deals with five basic types of cases:
  • Appeals from lower courts and administrative reviews of agency matters.
  • Civil cases involving damage claims exceeding $25,000, claims for injunctions or other equitable relief, alternative dispute resolution and reopened cases.
  • Criminal cases both capital and non-capital felony.
  • Personal Protection (unless re-assigned to the Family Division due to an existing domestic relations case between the same parties).
  • Business Court cases involving business or commercial disputes.

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 can be printed for all courts by accessing the State Court Administrative Website.  Within this directory, forms will be categorized by general types of cases. 

Michigan State Court Administrative Office

Ottawa County Recovery Court

Trial Division
Location & Hours
414 Washington Street, Suite 300
Grand Haven, MI  49417
Phone:  (616) 846-8320
FAX:  (616) 846-8179
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

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College Internship Program

The 20th Judicial Circuit Court feels a responsibility to contribute to the development and training of future professionals for the criminal justice system and other related social service fields through our Internship Program. The purpose of a quality internship is to provide a practical learning experience within the justice system, which benefits both the student, school and our court. Additionally, it allows the intern to complete the internship requirements for his/her college degree.