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
|Berrien County Courthouse
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120
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 Floor
The Civil Division hears all civil suits, without regard to dollar amount of the dispute, including small claims and landlord/tenant cases.
- 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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