Effective Monday, March 28th, 2022, all COVID-19 restrictions for lodging individuals at the Berrien County Jail have been lifted. Individuals picked up with Friend of the Court warrants are now being lodged at the jail. If you believe you may have a Friend of the Court bench warrant, please contact your Enforcement Officer. Friend of the Court staff will work with you to make payment arrangements and will consider the removal of the bench warrants; however you much contact our office at 269-983-7111 ext. 8432.


The Friend of the Court has the following duties:

  1. To investigate, report and make recommendations to the court on these matters:
    • Custody
    • Parenting Time
    • Amount of Support
    • Denials of Parenting Time
  2. To enforce all custody orders entered by the court.
  3. To enforce all parenting time orders entered by the court.
  4. To enforce all support orders entered by the court.
  5. To provide mediation as a way of settling disagreements over custody and parenting time of children.

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  1. Friend of the Court

    Physical Address
    811 Port Street, 4th Floor
    St. Joseph, MI 49085

    Phone: : 269-983-7111, Ext. 8575
    Fax: : 269-982-8624