Case Filing and Information:
40 North Main Street
Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043
Phone: (586) 469-5240
The Juvenile Division is located in the Macomb Circuit Court Building at 40 N. Main, Mount Clemens. Field Services is located at 10 N. Main, Mount Clemens.
The Juvenile Division of the Macomb County Circuit Court has exclusive jurisdiction in cases involving youths under the age of seventeen and concurrent jurisdiction over those over seventeen, but not yet eighteen. It offers a number of programs for youth who are at risk due to abuse, neglect or delinquency. The Division also presides over adoption requests in Macomb County. Each year approximately 4,500 youths receive some form of service from the Juvenile Division. Interventions run the gamut from prevention services, to probation, detention in the Juvenile Justice Center and placement in facilities offered by private and state authorities. There are over 90 employees in the Juvenile Division.
Juvenile matters are randomly among the judges of the Family Division.
Judicial Component Move to N. Main Facility
Pursuant to Family Court Plan the domestic and juvenile dockets are blended. It also states that the ideal is to have the whole Family Division in one building.
The Court accomplished most of these goals in 2005 by moving the ‘judicial component’ of the Juvenile Division to the N. Main building. This means that the Juvenile Division referees, their support staff and the court files have been moved to 40 N. Main.
In 2012, the Court moved the Juvenile Clerical Services office, the 'filing component', to the N. Main Building.
The Juvenile Division referees have been assigned in 'teams' to support the Family Division judges.
Juvenile Protective and Delinquency Proceedings
To view a copy of the 2008 Edition of the Handbook click here.
Overview of Juvenile Division Probation Services
INTAKE PROBATION SERVICES
The Intake Unit receives all juvenile petitions filed with the Court. The petitions are then submitted to a Referee to determine if the petition should be dismissed, considered for diversion, or to set for a pre-trial hearing.
An Intake Probation Officer will explain to the juvenile and family the rights and choices they have, the steps of the Court process, and the decisions made at each step. The Probation Officer will conduct an assessment of the petitioned juvenile and their family. The assessment includes information about the youth’s behavior at school, in the community and in their home. Based on all information gathered, the Intake Probation Officer is responsible for recommending Diversion, Advisement or Probation (standard or intensive), Specialized Probation, or residential placement to the Judge or Referee. Additionally, the Intake Probation Officer will develop a plan for accomplishments to be achieved while on Diversion, Advisement or Probation.
The Intake Probation Officer will supervise the juvenile until their case is diverted, taken under advisement or a disposition hearing is held to determine the type of probation program a youth will participate in. Once a case is ordered into supervised diversion, a Diversion Worker is assigned to supervise the case through its completion. If advisement or standard probation is ordered, a Field Services Worker is assigned to supervise a case through its completion.
The use of Diversion prevents the creation of a criminal file for a juvenile. It also provides an opportunity for the Court to observe the juvenile’s behavior - over a period of time – and in such a way – as to determine that the conditions and actions that led to the juvenile’s petition are unlikely to be repeated.
Unsupervised Diversion – This is a form of Court supervision in which the juvenile has specific accomplishments that must be achieved and documented within a specified time in order to have his/her charges dismissed. No casework supervision is done with these cases. A juvenile may be ordered to complete an educational program, attend counseling, and pay restitution and Court costs in order to have their charges dismissed.
Supervised Diversion – This form of Court supervision also requires the juvenile to accomplish specific goals in a specified amount of time in order to have their charges dismissed. Intensive monitoring is done in these cases. The juvenile will have a minimum of on face-to-face contact per week with an assigned Diversion Worker. The intensive supervision is designed to both support the juvenile in achieving the required accomplishments and to prevent further offending.
The Field Services Unit is responsible for monitoring juveniles whose cases have been taken under advisement or placed on standard probation. Field Services Probation Officer will determine the level of supervision necessary for the juveniles on their caseload. Probation Officers will conduct school and home visits to monitor youth. They are responsible for ensuring that the juvenile is completing their probation plan and will refer youth to additional services if necessary. The Field Services Probation Officer is responsible for making recommendations to the Court regarding a juveniles progress will on advisement or probation.
The Field Services Unit is now located in the Old County Building, 10 N. Main, 5th Floor, Mt. Clemens.
Intensive Probation is a program designed to provide increased monitoring in the community for probationers who are at risk for residential placement. Youth placed on Intensive Probation will have a minimum of one face-to-face contact per week. Additional services such as family counseling, anger management, or community service will be part of the Intensive Probation program as needed.
The Juvenile Drug Court Program incorporates judicial supervision, substance abuse treatment, rewards, sanctions, and drug/alcohol testing. Review Hearings are held bi-weekly and in some cases weekly, should violations occur. Program components include assessment, intensive outpatient treatment, individual, family, and group counseling, sanctions and rewards, electronic monitoring of curfew, electronic monitoring of alcohol abuse, an evening/weekend tracker to check compliance with curfew, and on-site drug testing.
DUAL DIAGNOSIS PROGRAM
The Juvenile Dual Diagnosis Program is designed to provide intensive treatment and probation services to Court wards with substance abuse and mental health issues. Juveniles in the program receive weekly face-to-face contact from a probation officer, individual and family therapy, psychiatric services, and regular drug and alcohol testing.
Community Mental Health is the contracted provider for treatment and psychiatric services.
JUVENILE SEX OFFENSE RESPONSE AND PREVENTION (JSORP)
The JSORP program is designed to provide intensive probation monitoring and treatment services to juveniles charged with a sex offense. Juveniles ordered into the program are seen weekly by their probation officer, participate in group therapy one time per week, individual therapy as needed, and parents or guardians participate in a weekly family support group. Review hearings are held on a monthly basis.
The Circuit Court – Juvenile Division has a Victim Rights Office to assist victims with navigating through the Court process. When a victim is identified the Victim Advocate sends a victim impact statement that is to be completed and returned to the Court along with estimates or receipts for damaged or stolen property replacement if applicable. Once all necessary information is gathered, the Victim Advocate provides a written report and recommendation to the Court regarding restitution on behalf of the victim.
Juvenile Division Reimbursement
40 N. Main St. 5th Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: (586) 469 5258
Juvenile Court Office
40 N. Main St. 1st Floor
(586) 469 5240
Office Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Reimbursement Division assists the 16th Judicial Circuit Court Juvenile Division in reimbursement of court ordered assessments and the cost of care and service for youth in juvenile cases. Michigan law requires that the costs that are incurred by a child or a parent in the Macomb County Juvenile System be reimbursed by the parents, the child and/or other legally responsible persons consistent with their ability to pay. The amount of the monthly reimbursement payment is determined by the assigned Referee or Judge based on financial information supplied by the responsible person(s). Failure to provide financial information may result in an order of full payment of the actual costs
Financial statements are to be completed by the parents and/or other legally responsible persons. In addition, the following documentation will be required:
Prior year Federal tax return, schedules and W-2 form
Three current paycheck stubs
Statement of Social Security (if applicable)
Statement of government assistance
ADC, DHS, Workman’s Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, disability insurance), if applicable.
Copy of divorce decree (if applicable)
Medical insurance information
Copy of driver’s license or other photo ID
COSTS ASSESSED BY THE COURT
Cost of Care Expenses
Other Miscellaneous Fees and Costs
Government benefits and child support payments are to be paid to the County of Macomb during the period in which a child is placed in care outside of the home by Juvenile Division. Benefits include but are not limited to child support, Social Security, Supplemental Social Security, Veterans payments, Adoption Subsidies, trust funds.
BILLING AND PAYMENT PROCEDURES
Reminder notices will be periodically be sent to responsible parties. Payments are due monthly as established by the Reimbursement Order.
You can pay in person at:
Juvenile Division Building
380 N. Rose
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Reimbursement Division and Judicial Aide
40 N. Main, 5th Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Court Administration office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays - Fridays (except Macomb County holidays)
You can mail your payments to:
40 N. Main, 5th Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Cash is accepted as well as checks and money orders payable to Macomb County. Include the case number on any checks or money orders.
NSF Policy Checks or money orders returned for insufficient funds will be forwarded to the Macomb Prosecutor's Office for investigation and prosecution.
Voluntary wage assignments are available for payment deduction.
Payments may be made by credit card via the Government Payment Service by calling TOLL FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (888) 604 7888 referencing ‘pay location 1443.’
FAILURE TO PAY
A Petition and Order to Show Cause why you should not be held in contempt of court or other available remedy allowed by law will be sought if you do not pay as ordered. This may include a bench warrant for your arrest for failure to appear, penalties pursuant to state law, a court ordered wage assignment, garnishment, and any other remedy allowed by law.
A person who fails to pay a fee or costs in full within 56 days of the date it is due and owing will be subject to a late penalty in the amount of 20% of the amount owed pursuant to MCL 600.4803.
Bond monies may be retained by the Court in payment of juvenile costs. MCR 5.935(c)(6)(a).
QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS
Questions or problems regarding your account may be submitted by letter stating the nature of the question or problem to:
Macomb County Reimbursement Division
40 North Main, 5th Floor
Mount Clemens MI 48043
RIGHT TO HEARING
An interested party in a juvenile proceeding has the right to request a hearing before the assigned judge or referee. If so the interested party must request a hearing pursuant to the Michigan court rules.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
The parents, guardians, custodians of the juvenile and any other individual involved in the case, shall keep the Court/Reimbursement Division informed, in writing, of their current mailing address.