Corona Virus Information
At this time, the Third Circuit Court buildings are not open to the public for in-person business. All hearings and business services are being conducted remotely until further notice. These extraordinary measures are in place to protect the public and our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) state of emergency is a rapidly evolving issue. Click  here  for the Court's notice. "State of Emergency" Latest Update: August 20th

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.  Read more...

The Court provides accessible and equal justice with timely dispute resolution.
Vision of the Future
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.
Core Values
  • 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.

Honorable Timothy M. Kenny
Chief Judge

Honorable Patricia Perez Fresard
Chief Judge Pro Tem

Ms. Zenell B. Brown
Executive Court Administrator

News & Announcements

Please be advised that the Wayne County Self-Help Center at the Third Circuit Court shall be closed as part of the Court's State of Emergency from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  During this closure, we encourage you to access the self-help navigation tools available at Please recognize that even after you prepare and save your document within the self-help tool that most court operations have been limited to only the most critical services.  As a result, you may be unable to file your matter with the appropriate court until there is greater clarity on the scope of the present health crisis.  
Qualified individuals may also reach out to Lakeshore Legal Aid for possible assistance.  Please note that Lakeshore Legal Aid may only deliver services to low income individuals.  You may reach out to Lakeshore Legal Aid at or reach their call center at 1-888-783-8190.
We appreciate the inconvenience that the closure presents to you.  However, we believe that this cautionary step protects you during this rapidly changing health crisis and look forward to serving you in the future.

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