Berrien County Trial Court

Hon. Thomas Nelson, Chief Judge
Hon. Gary J. Bruce, Chief Judge Pro Tem

Berrien County Courthouse
811 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone:  269-983-7111

Berrien County Courthouse
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120
Phone:  269-684-5274




Front row: Hon. Sterling R. Schrock, Hon. Gary J. Bruce, Hon. Thomas E. Nelson, Hon. Scott Schofield

Back row: Hon. Angela M. Pasula, Hon. Donna B. Howard, Hon. John M. Donahue, Hon. Arthur J. Cotter,
Hon. Charles T. LaSata, Hon. Dennis M. Wiley, Hon. Mabel J. Mayfield

Electronic devices such as cell phones, cameras, pagers, etc., are NOT permitted in the courthouse buildings in Niles or St. Joseph.

Criminal Division - Courthouse 1st Floor

The Criminal Division hears misdemeanor and felony crimes involving adults. The Criminal Division also handles civil infraction traffic proceedings. There are separate dockets for felony drug cases and misdemeanor domestic violence cases.

Civil Division - Courthouse 3rd FloorSearch Civil Cases Online

The Civil Division hears all civil suits, without regard to dollar amount of the dispute, including small claims and landlord/tenant cases.

  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Small Claims
  • Civil and Administrative Agency Appeals
  • Mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Driver license restoration

Family Division - Courthouse 4th Floor

The Family Division hears cases involving estates of deceased persons, probating wills, commitments of persons alleged to be mentally ill, protection of legally incapacitated persons, adoptions, personal protection orders, divorce, custody and paternity, delinquency, and abuse and neglect of children. The Family Division also handles juvenile criminal cases.

The Courthouse Volunteer Program "Welcoming Team" is recruiting more volunteers to provide assistance and directions to the public who enter the building in St. Joseph. The next orientation is scheduled for September. Please call 982-8615 for more information, or visit the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan.

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Berrien County Courthouse
811 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Berrien County Administration Center
701 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
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General Telephone: (269) 983-7111
From Niles, Buchanan, Galien: (269) 684-5274
From Three Oaks, New Buffalo, Lakeside, Union Pier: (269) 756-9571