Bay County Court Facility
1230 Washington Avenue, Suite 725
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5737
Voice: (989) 895-4265
TDD/TTL: (989) 895-4049

Circuit Court Judges

Chief Judge Joseph K. Sheeran

Judge Jessie Scott Wood

The Circuit Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in Michigan. It has jurisdiction over all actions except those given by state law or federal law to another court. There are 2 Judges currently sitting on the 18th Circuit Court.

The Circuit Court has original jurisdiction in all civil cases involving more than $25,000, in all criminal cases where the offense is a felony or certain serious misdemeanors. The Circuit Court handles all domestic relations cases, including Personal Protection Orders.

The Circuit Court also hears appeals from lower courts; appeals from local government boards such as zoning appeals; and appeals from some administrative agencies of state government (such as the Driver's License Appeal Division of the Secretary of State).

The Family Division of the Circuit Court handles all child protective proceedings (child neglect and abuse cases) and juvenile delinquency cases. Probate & Juvenile Court (


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Court Forms

Please visit the State Court Administrative Office's (SCAO) website for the most up-to-date court forms: Search for a Form.

Michigan Legal Help

Circuit Court Probation

Bay County Court Facility
Suite  619
1230 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5734

989-895-4250 Voice
989-895-2059 TDD/TTY

The Probation Department of the Circuit Court gathers information on all aspects of some defendant’s lives and analyzes the individuals past criminal record as a juvenile and as an adult. The Probation Division staff provides supervision to those criminals sentenced to community probation, which is intended to rehabilitate the individual through the use of counseling and vocational education.

Jury Board

989-895-4272 Voice (8:00am to 12:30pm)

[email protected] Email

Ever wonder how you were selected to serve on a jury? Potential jurors are selected from state drivers' license lists and personal identification card holder lists, not from voter registration lists, as in the past. It is the responsibility of the three-member Jury Board to follow the procedures provided by law.

Friend of the Court

(click here for Friend of the Court's web page)

Bay County Court Facility
Suite 660
1230 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5734

(989) 895-4295 Voice
(989) 895-4220 Fax

(989) 895-2059 TDD/TTY

The Friend of the Court is established as an arm of the Circuit Court to examine all records and files in divorce cases where orders or decrees have been issued with dependent minor children involved. The Friend of the Court makes recommendations to the Circuit Court on matters concerning custody and support, receives accounts, and disburses child support and alimony payments.

A handbook explaining Friend of the Court functions is available at the Friend of the Court Office.

The Friend of the Court, Prosecutor, and the Office of Child Support continually assist each other by providing information that may be available in helping to locate an absent parent, establish paternity, secure support, or prosecute fraud relating to paternity and/or child support.