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Clare County Building/Courts will be CLOSED all day Monday May 29, 2017 in observance of MEMORIAL DAY

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Courts
 

80th District Judicial Court
CLARE & GLADWIN COUNTIES
CLARE (989)539-7173

HONORABLE JOSHUA M. FARRELL
CHIEF AND DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

 

Officers of the District Court, Clare County

  • Karen L. Moore - Attorney Magistrate/Court Administrator
  • Steven Worpell - Attorney Magistrate/Deputy Court Administrator
  • Linda K. Hawkins - Court Reporter
  • Jennifer L. Tilson - Probation Officer

80th District Court: Duties and Responsibilities

District Court is the initial court for all criminal matters, all traffic, DNR, and animal control. Felonies proceed to Circuit Court after arraignment and preliminary hearing. All other matters remain in District Court for trial or other resolution. Trials are either by a jury of 6 or non-jury, heard by the Judge. Cases may be resolved by plea, trial or dismissal.

For civil matters, the District Court handles summary proceedings (landlord-tenant matters, land contract forfeitures), civil suits in which the amount sought is $25,000 or less, and Small Claims matters (suits for up to $5,500, no attorney allowed for either party, decided by the Magistrate). Cases may be resolved by settlements, hearings/trials, or dismissals.


55TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT
CLARE and GLADWIN COUNTIES

  • Karen L. Moore - Court Administrator
  • Nicholas Madaj - Deputy Court Administrator

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HONORABLE THOMAS R. EVANS
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE

CLARE 989-539-7131     GLADWIN 989-426-9237

  • Debbie Primeau - Assignment Clerk & Judicial Secretary

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HONORABLE ROY G. MIENK
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE
CHIEF JUDGE, PRO TEM

CLARE 989-539-7131     GLADWIN 989-426-6025

  • Rhonda Reppert - Assignment Clerk & Judicial Secretary
     

Officers of the Circuit Court for Clare County
 

  • Lori Martin - Clerk of the Court
  • Laura Athey - Chief Deputy Clerk
  • Jamie J. Raymond - Friend of the Court
  • Rebecca Noteboom - Friend of the Court Caseworker
  • Theresa Padella - Friend of the Court Caseworker
  • Charles Pistro - Probation & Parole Supervisor
 

PROBATE / FAMILY COURT
CLARE & GLADWIN COUNTIES
PO Box 96, Harrison, MI 48625-0096
CLARE (989)539-7109

  • Karen L. Moore - Court Administrator
  • Nicholas Madaj - Deputy Court Administrator

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HONORABLE Marcy A. Klaus
PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT JUDGE

  • Nicholas Madaj - Referee
  • Josette Given - Probate Register
  • Stacy Swan - Juvenile Register
  • Jamie Raymond - Friend of the Court

 Juvenile Probation Officer:
Joseph Phillips
(989)539-7887


Common Traffic Violations Codes, Points & Fines
CLARE & GLADWIN COUNTIES
CLARE (989)539-7173

HONORABLE JOSHUA M. FARRELL
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

 

 

Speeding Violations

Code Description Points Fine/Cost
2000 0-5 miles over 2 $110.00
2001 6-10 miles over 2 $120.00
2002 11-15 miles over 3 $125.00
2003 16-20 miles over 4 $135.00
2004 21-50 miles over 4 $185.00
2005 51 and over 4 $210
 

Other Violations

Code Description Points Fine/Cost
250 Avoid traffic control device 2 $135.00
1810 Careless driving 3 $200.00
3300 Child restraint violation 0 $105.00
3400 Defective equipment 0 $135.00
2400 Disobey stop sign 3 $130.00
2500 Disobey traffic control device 2 $135.00
2440 Disobey traffic signal 3 $130.00
2520 Drive across median 2 $110.00
2850 Drive left of center 2 $125.00
2740 Drive without lights 2 $115.00
2830 Drive wrong way 2 $135.00
2300 Exhibition driving 2 $110.00
3620M Fail to change address 0 $105.00
2740 Fail to dim headlights 2 $105.00
2640 Fail to stop from private drive 2 $120.00
2650 Fail to signal turn 2 $105.00
2320 Fail to use due care and caution 2 $115.00
2600 Fail to yield 2 $130.00
2800 Follow too close 2 $120.00
2670 Impeding traffic 0 $150.00
PKT Improper parking 2 $70.00
PKT-H Improper parking - handicapped 0 $165.00
2430 Improper pass 3 $120.00
2820 Improper turn 2 $125.00
3400 No Cycle Helmet 0 $135.00
3500 No registration certificate (CI only) 0 $130.00
3100 No proof of insurance 0 $135.00
3000 No valid ops on person (waivable misd) 0 $200.00
71.06 Parking in fire lane 0 $105.00
2410 Pass school bus 3 $300.00
1320 Refused preliminary breath test 2 $145.00
3500 Registration/Plate violation (CI only) 0 $130.00
3295 Texting while driving (first offense) 0 $210.00
3295(2) Texting while driving (second offense) 0 $310.00
2300 Violation of basic speed law 2 $110.00