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Court Officials

Members of the courts in the US, State, County, and City

United States Supreme Court

Salary: $213,900 Chief Justice: $223,500

Justice: Year appointed:
Stephen G. Breyer 1994
Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1993
Anthony M. Kennedy 1988
John G. Roberts, Jr, Chief Justice 2005
Samuel Alito, Jr 2006
Antonin Scalia 1986
Sonia Sotomayor 2009
Elena Kagan 2010 Clarence Thomas 1991

United States District Court

Eastern District Southern Michigan
231 W. Lafayette Blvd Detroit, MI 48226
Main phone number: 313.234.5005

Potter Stewart Courthouse
100 East Fifth Street Room 532
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone 513.564.7000

Salary: $169,300 per year

Handles civil suits that are matters of federal question predetermined by the federal constitution; criminal matters where the US Govt is prosecuting criminal offenses. Eight magistrates are appointed by US District Court Judges for 13 year terms and the 19 United States District Court Judges are appointed for life by the President of the United States.

Michigan Supreme Court

State's highest court. Makes final determinations & interpretations of Michigan laws. Supervises all other state courts.

Mich Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa, Lansing, MI 48915
P.O. Box 30052 Lansing, MI 48909
Website: www.courts.michigan.gov

Main phone number: 517.373.0128

Judges earn $164,610 per year and serve 8-year terms.

Judge: 8 yr term expires:
Michael F. Cavanagh 1/1/2015
Mary Beth Kelly 1/1/2019
Bridget Mary McCormick 1/1/2021
Stephen J. Markman 1/1/2021
David Viviano (app date to 1/2015) 1/1/2017
Brian Zahra 1/1/2015
Robert P. Young, Jr. 1/1/2019

Michigan Court of Appeals

Primary appeals court of the state.

District 2, Mich Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa, Lansing, MI 48915

Website: www.courts.michigan.gov

Lansing phone number: 517.373.0786.

Troy Office District 2 phone 248.524.8700

Judges earn $151,441 per year and serve 6 year terms.

Judge: 6 yr term expires:
Mark J. Cavanagh 1/1/2015
Elizabeth Gleicher 1/1/2019
Pat M. Donofrio 1/1/2017
E. Thomas Fitzgerald 1/1/2015
Deborah A. Servitto 1/1/2019
Kathleen Jansen 1/1/2019
Henry W. Saad 1/1/2015

Oakland Circuit Court (Sixth Circuit)

General civil (over $25,000) and criminal cases (felonies), and appeals from lower courts.

1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac, MI 48341

Main phone number: 248.858.0344

Judges earn $139,919 per year and serve 6 year terms.

Judge: 6 yr term expires
James M. Alexander 1/1/2015
Martha D. Anderson 1/1/2015
Lisa Gorcyca 1/1/2015
Leo Bowman 1/1/2019
Rae Lee Chabot 1/1/2017
Nanci J. Grant 1/1/2015
Cheryl Matthews 1/1/2017
Phyllis McMillen 1/1/2019
Mary Ellen Brennan 1/1/2015
Denise K. Langford-Morris 1/1/2019
Rudy J. Nichols 1/1/2015
Colleen O'Brien 1/1/2017
Daniel Patrick O'Brien 1/1/2017
Wendy L. Potts 1/1/2019
Shalina D. Kumar 1/1/2015
Karen McDonald 1/1/2019
Michael Warren 1/1/2019
Joan E. Young 1/1/2017

Oakland Probate Court

Adoption, commitment, juvenile cases, wills and probate.

1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac, MI 48341

Main phone number: 248.858.0260

Judges earn $139,919 and are elected for 6-year terms.

Judge: 6 yr term expires:
Daniel A. O'Brian 1/1/2015
Linda S. Hallmark 1/1/2013
Kathleen A. Ryan 1/1/2017
Elizabeth M. Pezzetti 1/1/2017

District Court 52nd District 4th Division

Handles general civil (up to $25,000), small claims, landlord/tenant, criminal cases (misdemeanors under 1-year jail term, felony arraignments)

Includes Troy and Clawson

520 West Big Beaver Road, Troy 48084

Main phone number, civil and criminal: 248.528.0404 Traffic phone number: 248.528.0400

Judges earn $138,272 salary from county and state and are elected for 6-year terms.

Judge: 6 yr term expires:

William E. Bolle 1/1/2015
Kirsten Nielsen Hartig 1/1/2017