First Case Steps
Chief Trial Attorney Matt J. Roberts reviews virtually every felony case at the time of the first court hearing, the Preliminary Examination, before the case proceeds to Circuit Court.
On to Trial
Once a felony case is bound over to the 14th Circuit Court, the cases are divided between the the Honorable Matthew R. Kacel, and the Honorable Annette R. Smedley. Assistant Prosecutors Amol Huprikar, Nicholas DeRyke, Melissa Powell, Kellee Koncki, and Samantha Jonas handle the bulk of the felony cases in circuit court with assistance from all of our assistant prosecutors. Additionally, thanks to a special grant, Assistant Prosecutors Kathryn Norton and Mary Farrell handle most of the cases involving violence against women including domestic violence, aggravated assault, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct.
The Circuit Court Division brings a wealth of experience to the 14th Circuit Court, with over 50 years combined legal experience. The Division is dedicated to ensuring the victims of crime have their voices heard and achieving justice in a swift, firm, and fair manner.