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36th Circuit Court

Van Buren County Courthouse Paw Paw, MI
The 36th Circuit Court has original jurisdiction in all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and criminal cases where the offense is a felony or serious misdemeanor. The family division of circuit court handles all domestic relations cases. The Friend of the Court handles domestic relations cases involving minor children. 
The 36th Circuit Court is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for holidays.

36th Circuit Court

36th Circuit Court

Courthouse 2nd Floor

212 E. Paw Paw Street
Paw Paw , MI 49079

Hours M - F 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

  Judge Kathleen M. Brickley [Click here to view full size picture]  Judge David J. DiStefano 

  Judge Jeffrey J. Dufon  [Click here to view full size picture]

Judge Kathleen M. Brickley

Judge David J. DiStefano

Judge Jeffrey J. Dufon


Court Administrator
Frank Hardester
Phone: 269-657-8200 ext. 2340
Fax: 269-657-2613
Email: HardesterF@vbco.org
Judicial Secretary/Assignment Clerk
Criminal Division
Melissa Williams
Phone:  269-657-8200 ext. 2345
E-mail:  WilliamsM@vbco.org
Judicial Secretary/Assignment Clerk
Family Division
Margaret Grote
Phone:  269-657-8200 ext. 2342
E-mail:  GroteM@vbco.org
Judicial Secretary/ Civil Scheduling / ADR Clerk
Civil Division
Kelly Cowgill
Phone:  269-657-8200 ext. 2213
E-mail:  cowgillk@vbco.org

Deputy Court Clerk/PPO Coordinator
Family Division
Cathy Munther
Phone:  269-657-8200 ext. 2346
E-mail:  MuntherC@vbco.org
Deputy Court Clerk/Jury Clerk
Criminal Division
Julie Hodge
Phone:  269-657-8200 ext. 2211
E-mail:  HodgeJ@vbco.org

Law Clerk
Angie Bailey-Hobbs
Phone: 269-657-8200 ext. 2396
E-mail: BaileyHobbsA@vbco.org

36th Circuit Court - Friend of the Court

36th Circuit Court - Friend of the Court

Administration & Land Services Building, Lower Level

219 E. Paw Paw Street
Paw Paw , MI 49079

(269) 657-7734
(269) 657-8282 FAX


Hours M - F 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

LynnAnn E. Bullard, Friend of the Court

36th Circuit Court Family Division

Juvenile Court

Courthouse Annex, 2nd Floor

212 Paw Paw Street
Suite 240
Paw Paw , MI 49079

(269) 657-8237
(269) 657-7573 FAX

Hours M- F 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.