Trial Court  - Hon. Mabel Johnson Mayfield, Chief Judge 

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Our Most Recent Update

April 30, 2021

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LAO 2021-03 - Phase Three Moving Forward

The Trial Court is pleased to announce that due to the declining rates of positive COVID-19 cases in the county, the Court may return to Phase 3 effective Monday, March 8, 2021.  The court will continue conducting hearings remotely via Zoom in as many instances as possible. Notices will be provided to those with pending court cases which include Zoom contact information to utilize to engage in their court hearings.  A very limited amount of hearings will be allowed to occur in-person, and those individuals will be notified of their ability to attend in-person.  Attorneys will also be encouraged to participate in court proceedings remotely.  If you have a question regarding the status of your case or hearing, please use the Department Contact Information listing at the Trial Court website to call or e-mail the court for a status update.  No walk-in foot traffic will be allowed at this time except for individuals filing new paperwork with the court.  The Self-Help Legal Resource Center will be available by appointment only.  Any in-person contact with departments at the courthouse facilities will be by appointment only.   

Additionally, the Trial Court is scheduled to resume jury trials during the week of May 31, 2021.  Jurors scheduled on or after May 31, 2021 should complete and return questionnaires and call the jury hotline or check the jury website on a nightly basis as originally scheduled.  Questions and concerns can be addressed to the jury staff via e-mail: jury@berriencounty.org.

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Contact Information
Criminal - St. Joseph*Open by Appointment Only(269) 983-7111 ext. 8682
Civil - St. Joseph*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8385
County Clerk - Family File Room
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8410
County Clerk - Civil
File Room
*Open by Appointment Only

(269) 983-7111 ext. 8382

County Clerk - Felony
File Room

*Open by Appointment Only

(269) 983-7111 ext. 8227

County Clerk - PPOs
File Room
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8227

Family Division - Intake
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8316
Friend of the Court*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8575
Juvenile Center
*Essential Employees Only
(269) 471-2831
Juvenile Probation
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 982-8613
Misdemeanor Probation - St. Joseph*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8606
Niles Branch
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 6260
Probate
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8365
Self Help Legal Resource Center
*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8742
Traffic - St. Joseph*Open by Appointment Only
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8680
Trial Court Finance Office*Accepting In-Person Payments
(269) 983-7111 ext. 8820

*Only parties to the case are permitted to enter the courthouse to attend hearings.

*Please contact the number attached for further details.

TRIAL COURT DIVISIONS

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PROHIBITED DEVICES

Weapons of any kind are not permitted in the courthouse facilities.

MARIJUANA ACT

Read the Chief Judge Bruce notice regarding the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

Recreational Marijuana (PDF)