The Family division of the Circuit Court, Juvenile Division, is located at 3360 Hospital Road, Saginaw Township, Michigan.
Elective Performance Measures
Performance measures show progress of Filing trends, case age rates, pending caseload, and clearance rates for the Probate and Family courts . (Click Here to view Performance Measures)
Video conferencing - video conferencing was originally allowed by the Michigan Supreme Court for the County of Saginaw on a trial and experimental basis back in 2002. The Court rules were changed to allow the Court to continue the video conferencing otherwise known as interactive video conferencing, on a permanent basis. The Court handles commitments of the mentally ill at local hospitals, the Caro Center and the Center of Forensic Psychiatry by video conferencing. The Court also uses the video for arraignments in the Saginaw County Jail.
Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan - As of April 2012, Saginaw County signed on to the Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan recommended by SCAO. This plan can be accessed by clicking on the link. Basically the plan allows every judge in Saginaw County to handle any type of matter that may come before a judge. This is meant to expedite matters for the public and the courts and to remove barriers from judges in handling other matters.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
A mediator is a neutral party and will facilitate the meeting.
Saginaw County currently uses what is referred to as CRC, which is Community Resolution Center. They provide mediation services to Michigan’s river region. These mediators are volunteers who have completed a training program approved by the Michigan State Court Administrative Office. They are not judges, they do not decide who is right or wrong, nor do they decide the terms of mediation. Each party will be given an equal opportunity to describe the dispute from their point of view and explain how they think the matter can be resolved. The Courts may refer such matters as family disputes, neighborhood issues, business and contract disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, property damage, any matter which you might sue someone in Small Claims Court or any other type of dispute, where both sides agree to try mediation.
About 89% of mediations end in agreement.
It is also affordable. Parties generally agree to split the costs of a mediator and low cost mediation is available through our own Community Dispute Resolution Program.
Your Saginaw County judges encourage alternative dispute resolution especially through our own Community Resolution Center of Saginaw County to help you with any disputes you might have.
If you think you have a matter that might be mediated you can contact the Community Dispute Resolution Center at (989) 799-5949.