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Overall administrative responsibility for the operations of the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan rests with the Chief Judge and the Executive Court Administrator, under the direction of the State Court Administrator's Office and the Michigan Supreme Court.

Honorable Robert J. Colombo Jr.
Chief Judge

Hon. Timothy M. Kenny
Chief Judge Pro Tem

Ms. Zenell B. Brown
Executive Court Administrator

The Third Judicial Circuit is the largest circuit court in Michigan, with 63 judges and three operating divisions. The Third Circuit Court has jurisdiction over Civil, Criminal, and Family matters arising in the County of Wayne. The National Center for State Courts has cited the Third Circuit Court as one of the model urban courts in the United States for case flow management and the timely disposition of the Court's docket.

Court Office Hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday


Friend of the Court Hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday



Note: Some FOC Penobscot Building offices close earlier to the public or are by appointment only. Click here for a listing of the public window hours for the Penobscot Building FOC offices.

2015 Court Holiday Schedule
 
 
Holiday
Date
 
 
New Year's Day
Thursday, January 1
Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 19
President's Day
Monday, February 16
Memorial Day
Monday, May 25
Independence Day (Observed)
Friday, July 3
Labor Day
Monday, September 7
Columbus Day
Monday, October 12
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 26
Day after Thanksgiving
Friday, November 27
Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 24
Christmas Day
Friday, December 25
Designated Swing Day
Monday, December 28
Designated Swing Day
Tuesday, December 29
Designated Swing Day
Wednesday, December 30
New Year's Eve
Thursday, December 31
 

During the three (3) days between Christmas and the New Year's Eve holiday, the Criminal Division will be staffed to handle arraignments and bench warrants. The Civil Division will be staffed to handle emergency matters. The Family Division will be staffed to process emergency juvenile intake matters, emergency domestic relations and personal protection matters. The County Clerk's Office will be staffed to accept civil and domestic relations pleadings and new case filings.

2016 Court Holiday Schedule
 
 
Holiday
Date
 
 
There are no records available.
 

During the three (3) days between Christmas and the New Year's Eve holiday, the Criminal Division will be staffed to handle arraignments and bench warrants. The Civil Division will be staffed to handle emergency matters. The Family Division will be staffed to process emergency juvenile intake matters, emergency domestic relations and personal protection matters. The County Clerk's Office will be staffed to accept civil and domestic relations pleadings and new case filings.

Prohibited Items in Third Circuit Court Buildings
 
 
Description
Alcoholic Beverages
Ammunition
Aerosols or any spray device
Batteries
Bingo Markers
Box cutters
Brass Knuckles
Bug Spray
Bullets (anything resembling or similar)
Cameras / Recording Devices
Can Openers of any kind, including P38’s
Cans - aluminum and metal
Camera phones*
Cell phones*
Chains
Cigarette Lighters/Matches
Combs - metal or rattail
Cord-like Objects, including ropes, chains, straps, heavy belts, and wires
Curling Irons
Darts
Dental Floss
Drug Paraphernalia
Explosive Materials or Objects
Flatware (which includes knives, forks or spoons)
Glass or Mirrors of any kind, including glass bottles of any kind
Guns or replicas of guns
Grease Pencil
Hair Clippers
Hair Spray
Handcuffs
Headphones (with cords)
Heavy Metal Objects
Highlighters or Markers*
Illegal Drugs
Knives (any kind)
Laptop Computers
Large Bags of any kind, including: duffle bags, backpacks, oversize purses
Large Perfume Bottles
Laser Pointer
Mace, Pepper Spray
Master Locks
Nail Clippers / Metal nail files
Needles of any kind, except with medical documentation
Noisemakers of any kind
Paints of any kind
Pagers
Palm Pilots*
Pencil Sharpener
Radios (or headsets)
Razors or Razor Blades
Safety Pins
Scissors
Screwdrivers
Spikes
Staplers or Staple removers
Stick or cane style umbrellas
Tools of any sort (which includes hammers, saw, measuring tape, etc.)
Tweezers
Video Games, giga pets, gameboys, etc.
Weapon-like objects, including bats, clubs, batons, irons
Weapons, including toys or replicas**
Whistles

* Except for attorneys with a current Bar Card and media with valid credentials
** Except for law enforcement with valid credentials

PLEASE NOTE: Other items deemed dangerous by Third Circuit Court security personnel will also be prohibited. All surrendered items will be confiscated and not returned. This notice is made pursuant to MCR 8.110 and the inherent authority of the Chief Judge to insure the safety and security of the Court and those in attendance.

Job Postings
 
 
FileName
Description
Path
 
 
Domestic Violence Program Legal Director - Job Description^^^.pdf
Domestic Violence Program Legal Director - Job Description
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
Domestic Violence Program Legal Director - Job Posting^^^.pdf
Domestic Violence Program Legal Director - Job Posting
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
Judicial Law Clerk - Honorable Eric W. Cholack - Job Description^^^.pdf
Judicial Law Clerk - Honorable Eric W. Cholack - Job Description
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
Judicial Law Clerk - Honorable Eric W. Cholack - Job Posting^^^.pdf
Judicial Law Clerk - Honorable Eric W. Cholack - Job Posting
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
Psychiatrist - Job Description^^^.pdf
Psychiatrist - Job Description
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
Psychiatrist - Job Posting^^^.pdf
Psychiatrist - Job Posting
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
Psychologist Masters - Job Description^^^.pdf
Psychologist Masters - Job Description
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
Psychologist Masters - Job Posting^^^.pdf
Psychologist Masters - Job Posting
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
Psychologist PhD (Fully Licensed) - Job Description^^^.pdf
Psychologist PhD (Fully Licensed) - Job Description
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
Psychologist PhD (Fully Licensed) - Job Posting^^^.pdf
Psychologist PhD (Fully Licensed) - Job Posting
Documents\Administration\HumanResources\JobPostings\
 
Online Applications 
Psychologist Master’s (expires 5/29/2015 at 4:30 PM)
Psychologist PhD (Fully Licensed) (expires when filled)
Domestic Violence Program Legal Director
(expires 5/29/2015 at 4:30 PM)
Psychiatrist (expires when filled)
Judicial Law Clerk – Honorable Eric W. Cholack (expires when filled)

For court employees who are on the road or working from home, the following is a list of resources available on the Internet. You do not need to be logged into the intranet in order to access them. Included are links for checking e-mail and connecting to the VPN.

Remote Access

For help with connecting remotely, or other help related to the Third Judicial Circuit website, please send an email to helpdesk@3rdcc.org or call 313-224-0157. Any email will need to contain Name, contact phone number and the issue you are looking to resolve - please include case number if applicable.


VPN Upgrade Instructions

Following is a list of resources available for External agencies.

Remote Access

For help with connecting remotely, or other help related to the Third Judicial Circuit website, please send an email to helpdesk@3rdcc.org or call 313-224-0157. Any email will need to contain Name, contact phone number and the issue you are looking to resolve - please include case number if applicable.

Master Answers
 
 
FileName
Description
Path
 
 
Master Pleadings - Answers No. 21^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Answers No. 21
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterAnswers\
Master Pleadings - Answers No. 22^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Answers No. 22
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterAnswers\
Master Pleadings - Answers No. 23^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Answers No. 23
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterAnswers\
Master Pleadings - Answers No. 24^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Answers No. 24
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterAnswers\
 
Master Complaints
 
 
FileName
Description
Path
 
 
Master Pleadings - Complaints No. 11^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Complaints No. 11
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterComplaints\
Master Pleadings - Complaints No. 12^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Complaints No. 12
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterComplaints\
Master Pleadings - Complaints No. 13^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Complaints No. 13
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterComplaints\
Master Pleadings - Complaints No. 14^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Complaints No. 14
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterComplaints\
 
Master Discovery
 
 
FileName
Description
Path
 
 
Master Pleadings - Defendants' Discovery No. 41^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Defendants' Discovery No. 41
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterDiscovery\
Master Pleadings - Defendants' Discovery No. 42^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Defendants' Discovery No. 42
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterDiscovery\
Master Pleadings - Plaintiffs' Discovery No. 31^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Plaintiffs' Discovery No. 31
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterDiscovery\
Master Pleadings - Plaintiffs' Discovery No. 32^^^.pdf
Master Pleadings - Plaintiffs' Discovery No. 32
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterDiscovery\
 
Master Orders
 
 
FileName
Description
Path
 
 
Case Management Order - Ord No. 12^^^.pdf
Case Management Order - Ord No. 12
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
Case Management Order - Ord No. 14^^^.pdf
Case Management Order - Ord No. 14
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
Case Management Order - Ord No. 15^^^.pdf
Case Management Order - Ord No. 15
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
Case Management Order - Ord No. 16^^^.pdf
Case Management Order - Ord No. 16
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
Case Management Order - Ord No. 17^^^.pdf
Case Management Order - Ord No. 17
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
Case Management Order - Ord No. 18^^^.pdf
Case Management Order - Ord No. 18
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
Case Management Order - Ord No. 19^^^.pdf
Case Management Order - Ord No. 19
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
Case Management Order - Ord No. 20^^^.pdf
Case Management Order - Ord No. 20
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
Case Management Order - Ord No. 21^^^.pdf
Case Management Order - Ord No. 21
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
Index - Master Orders^^^.pdf
Index - Master Orders
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\MasterOrders\
 
General
 
 
FileName
Description
Path
 
 
Effective Management of Domestic Relations Cases^^^.pdf
Effective Management of Domestic Relations Cases
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\General\
Ord Schd Disc and Trial Dates for Asb Cases Schd for Trial in May 2014^^^.pdf
Ord Schd Disc and Trial Dates for Asb Cases Schd for Trial in May 2014
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\General\
Ord Schd Disc and Trial Dates for Asbestos Cases Schd for Trial in July 2014, Sept 2014 and Nov 2014^^^.pdf
Ord Schd Disc and Trial Dates for Asbestos Cases Schd for Trial in July 2014, Sept 2014 and Nov 2014
Documents\Civil\Asbestos\General\
 
Headlines
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The Court will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day.
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Free Child Support Help:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015:
Focus Hope

Thursday, May 28, 2015:
Wayne County Legal Resources Consortium Help

Friday, June 5, 2015:
UAW Region 1A Center

2nd and 3rd Thursday of Each Month: William Booth Legal Aid Clinic
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Online Jury Questionnaire

Beginning 9/20/2013 jurors can fill out the questionnaire online.
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