Circuit Court

The Michigan Constitution vests the judicial power of the State in one court of justice which includes one Supreme Court, one Court of Appeals and one trial court of general jurisdiction known as the Circuit Court.  The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in Muskegon County.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Muskegon County 14th Circuit Court is to be responsive to the diverse and changing needs of our community through continuous improvement of our justice system.

Mission Statement

The Muskegon County 14th Circuit Court’s mission is to provide top quality service by helping the community understand and meet their legal responsibilities and by applying the law with integrity and fairness to all.

Recorded Hearings

Pursuant to MCR 2.407, courts shall provide access to the public either during the proceeding or immediately after via access to a video recording of the proceeding, unless the proceeding is closed or access would otherwise be limited by statute or rule.  The public has the ability to view all Muskegon County Circuit/Probate/Family Court proceedings live in the Muskegon County Hall of Justice.

If a video recording of the proceeding is requested after the proceeding, members of the public must first pay the cost of $20 per court proceeding, or $20 per day, for any court proceeding that exceeds a day, which can be paid online at, or paid in-person by cash, check or money order (payable to Muskegon County), payable at:

14th Circuit Court Cash Office
Hall of Justice - 3rd Floor
990 Terrace Street
Muskegon, MI 49442

After payment, retain the confirmation/receipt #, as it is required on this form as proof of payment.  The request will NOT be processed if the payment confirmation/receipt # is not on the request form.  Upon completion of payment, this request form can be submitted, which is linked to the email address of the selected Judge’s Judicial Secretary.  Depending on the size of the video proceeding, it may be emailed or copied to a DVD or flash drive for mailing or pick-up.

Terms of Usage:

I understand that any video recording viewed or obtained pursuant to this request may not be reproduced, altered, disseminated, placed on the internet, published, or posted, without prior approval of the Chief Judge or designee, subject to the following exceptions: 1) The restriction does not apply to or restrict usage by properly credentialed news media representatives, 2) For Attorneys of Record in a particular matter, video obtained pursuant to this request may be shared with client(s) only, for the limited purpose of litigation preparation.  Any violation may be treated as contempt of court.  This recording is not considered an official transcript of the court proceeding it depicts, and cannot be utilized as such, for any purpose that an official transcript, allowable under Michigan law, may be used.

Click here to request a copy of a video hearing

Public Notice - Visiting Judges

Visiting judges are currently being supported and encouraged for use in the State of Michigan to assist with the COVID backlog of cases. If a visiting judge hears your case, it is only on behalf of the assigned judge, and is not a permanent assignment

Employee Recognition

Have you had a good experience with a Circuit Court employee and would like to acknowledge them?  Fill out and submit an Employee Recognition Form.

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