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Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

FAMILY DIVISION

The Family Division of the Circuit Court is located at the Gull Road Courthouse, 1400 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048.

Some Family Division proceedings are handled at Crosstown Center, 150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001.

The entrances to the Gull Road Courthouse and Crosstown Courthouse are monitored by security equipment and security personnel. The following items may not be brought into the building: guns, knives (including small pocket knives), razors, scissors, box cutters, any type of spray, and food/beverages (except for identified jurors and staff). All packages may be inspected. Dangerous or illegal objects may be seized. Litigants should arrive early for court proceedings to allow time for security measures.

Three judges serve in the Family Division:

Honorable Patricia N. Conlon* - Court G
Honorable Stephen D. Gorsalitz - Court E Presiding Judge of the Family Division
Honorable G. Scott Pierangeli* - Court F

       *Probate Judges serving in the Circuit Court

Probate Judge Curtis Bell assists with the Family Division docket.

Family Division referees are cross-trained to hear both domestic and juvenile matters.

The types of cases heard by the Family Division include:

  • domestic relations matters
  • juvenile matters pertaining to delinquency or criminal activity
  • child protective proceedings
  • adoptions
  • name changes
  • emancipations

The Circuit Court operates under a central assignment system that allows judges to assist with each other's dockets as needed. If a Family Division judge is unavailable for a scheduled hearing, the proceeding may be transferred by scheduling staff to an available Family Division judge or one of the Trial Division judges.

Courtroom Information Project
The 9th Circuit Court is registered with the National Center for State Courts Courtroom Information Project www.courtroominformationproject.org. This site provides photographs as well as a description of the technology and equipment available in each of our courtrooms. After entering the site, select "Court Search - State" from the navigational menu.

Family Division Caseflow and Scheduling Information

Documents Filed in Support of Pleadings/Motions are Public Documents:
Attorneys and parties are reminded that documents filed in support of pleadings and motions are public information. There is no authority for court personnel to redact social security numbers or other identifying information from original documents unless ordered by the court. Redaction of identifying information is not applicable to inspection of documents/files. With the eventual on-line public access to court files through the court's Odyssey case management system, attorneys/parties should be aware that identifying information may be viewed unless the file is designated non-public or sealed under order of the court.

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