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OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

THE CIRCUIT COURT DIVISION

The Circuit Court Division handles the prosecution of felony cases. Felonies are crimes punishable by imprisonment in excess of one year, and can range in seriousness from retail fraud, bad checks, narcotics violations, criminal sexual conduct, home invasion, robbery, to murder.

A felony case originates with an Assistant Prosecutor's careful review of all investigative reports prepared by the police or investigative agency. If a case is accepted for prosecution, it then passes through the District Court system before it is bound over to the Circuit Court of Kalamazoo County where the ultimate trial and disposition will take place.

Each attorney assigned to the Circuit Court Division is assigned to a particular Circuit Court Judge. In Kalamazoo County, there are four Circuit Court judges. Each Court has a team made up of two Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys and one Victim Advocate. These team members work closely together to assure the most efficient and quality prosecution of all cases.

When a case is set for trial, it is assigned to a particular Assistant Prosecutor and it is the responsibility of that attorney to handle all court events associated with that case, until final disposition.

This system of "vertical prosecution" was begun in 1985, and allows victims and witnesses immediate access to the status of their case through the assigned attorney and victim advocate. Under this vertical system, case preparation is not repeated. Victims and witnesses know their prosecutor and their victim advocate, and may contact either of them with questions or problems. In addition, the assigned attorney is more aware of the issues of each case and what additional investigation may be necessary before trial occurs. The final result is a personal, effective approach to felony prosecution. The Circuit Court Division also handles all cases in the Appellate Courts.

The Circuit Court Division is made up of the following employees:

Greg Russell - Division Leader

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys
John J. Anderegg
Kenneth N. Barnard
Heather S. Bergmann
Kathleen P. Hemingway
Mark A. Holsomback
Diane L. Hungerford
Cory W. Johnson
Aubrey N. Koches
Kathryn M. Procunier
Michael P. Reisterer, Jr.
Alexis M. Sanford
Jeffrey D. Williams

Victim Advocates
Rhonda Baxter-Todd
Lauren Brady
Kerrie LeClercq

Technical Support Staff
Cathie Hybel
Amanda Reeves
Shellie Stapert
Michelle Sutton

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