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Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan

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Welcome to Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan

The Third Judicial Circuit is the largest circuit court in Michigan, with 58 judges and three operating divisions. The Third Circuit Court has jurisdiction over Civil, Criminal, and Family matters arising in the County of Wayne.

Honorable Patricia Perez Fresard

Chief Judge

Honorable Leslie Kim Smith

Chief Judge Pro Tem

Mr. E. Frank Hardester

Executive Court Administrator

The Court provides accessible and equal justice with timely dispute resolution.
As a national leader in court performance and the administration of justice, the Court is recognized for:
  • Using innovative and best practices;
  • Building trust and confidence in the judicial branch; and
  • Providing exemplary public service, programs, and work environment including professional facilities and effective technology.
  • Fair: We are just, impartial, inclusive, and honorable in all we do.
  • Proactive: We anticipate and prepare in advance for opportunities and challenges.
  • Responsive: We are flexible and react quickly to changing needs and times.
  • User-friendly: We are accessible and understandable.
  • Collaborative: We involve and work well with each other, court users, and partners.
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