Circuit Court

The 29th Judicial Circuit consists of both Clinton and Gratiot Counties. Honorable Michelle M. Rick is on the bench in Clinton County the first 2 weeks of each month while Honorable Randy L. Tahvonen is in Gratiot County. The last 2 weeks of each month, Judge Tahvonen takes the bench in Clinton County while Judge Rick is in Gratiot County.

Motion Days
In Clinton County, motion days are held on Mondays with Judge Rick's motion days on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month and Judge Tahvonen's motion days on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. There may be exceptions due to holidays and vacation schedules. To schedule motions, call the appropriate Assignment Clerk for a date and time and mail your motion and Notice of Hearing to the Clinton County Clerk's Office. Judge Rick does require judge's copies; Judge Tahvonen does not require judge's copies. Praecipes are not required.

Scheduling Hearings
To schedule a hearing before the Court, contact the appropriate Assignment Clerk, based on the Judge assigned to the case as follows:
  • Honorable Randy L. Tahvonen, Judge of the Circuit Court
    Phone: 989-224-5132
  • Honorable Michelle M. Rick, Judge of the Circuit Court
    Phone: 989-224-5130
  • Honorable Lisa Sullivan, Judge of Probate Court/Assigned to the Family Division of the Circuit Court
    Phone: 989-224-5190
For Gratiot County cases, see below.

Civil Division
The Civil Division of Circuit Court handles civil cases over $25,000, appeals, injunctions, license restorations, condemnations, and cases for divorce without minor children. Judge Tahvonen is assigned to this division.

Criminal Division
The Criminal Division of Circuit Court handles felony cases, criminal appeals from District Court, extraditions and writs. Judge Rick and Judge Tahvonen are assigned to this division.

Family Division
The Family Division of Circuit Court has been implemented to establish the "one family, one judge" concept. The Family Division handles name change, paternity, family support, UIFSA, parental waiver, emancipation, adoptions, juvenile, abuse and neglect, personal protection orders and divorce with minor children. Judge Rick and Judge Lisa Sullivan, Chief Judge of the Probate Court, preside as the Family Court Judges.

Circuit Court Filings
All Civil, Criminal and Family Division Circuit Court cases are filed in the County Clerk’s Office.

Gratiot County Circuit Court Clerk


214 E. Center Street
Ithaca, MI 48847
(989) 875-5215

Please call the Gratiot County Circuit Court Clerk to request information regarding Gratiot County cases. To schedule a hearing on a Gratiot County case, please call the Gratiot County Circuit Court office at (989) 875-5224.