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Vision Statement:

We will lead and serve together with integrity, vision, and innovative thought.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Van Buren County Courts is to deliver the highest measure of justice by subscribing to these core values:

  1. Provide equal justice for all through impartial application of law and procedure.
  2. Treat all court users with civility, honor, dignity, and respect.
  3. Inspire public confidence in the judiciary.
  4. Partner with judicial stakeholders to enhance public safety and build a better community.
  5. Ensure that our court is accessible for all users.
  6. Preserve the independence of the court as an institution and separate branch of government.
  7. Improve the quality of justice by using technology, innovation, and progressive approaches.
  8. Maintain transparency and accountability in the use of public resources.
  9. Build a unified court through teamwork and staff development.
  10. Consistently measure our performance and customer satisfaction to improve public service.

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This page last updated on 4/18/2016.

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

Staff:

Court Administrator
Frank Hardester
Phone: 269-657-8200 ext. 2340
Fax: 269-657-2613
Email: HardesterF@vbco.org
 
Judicial Secretary/Assignment Clerk
Criminal Division
Linda Sekula
Phone:  269-657-8200 ext. 2345
E-mail:  SekulaL@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
Melissa Williams
Phone:  269-657-8200 ext. 2211
E-mail:  WilliamsM@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

Juvenile Court

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.

Probate Court

Probate Court & Circuit Court Civil
Courthouse Annex, 2nd Floor
212 E. Paw Paw Street
Suite 220
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-8225
(269) 657-7573 FAX
Hours M - F 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

  Judge David J. DiStefano 

Judge David J. DiStefano

Barbara Dundon, Register

Judicial Secretary/ Civil Scheduling / ADR Clerk
Civil Division
Kelly Cowgill
Phone:  269-657-8200 ext. 2213
E-mail:  cowgillk@vbco.org

Brandy Antonowitsch, Deputy Register

Heidi Winkler, Clerk

Susan Taylor, Clerk/Receptionist

 

Probate Court [Click here to view full size picture]

Seventh District Court East Division

Seventh District Court East Division
Courthouse Annex, 1st Floor
212 E. Paw Paw Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269)657-8222
(269)657-8223 FAX
Hours M - F 8:30 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.

  Judge Robert T. Hentchel

Judge Robert T. Hentchel

Craig A. Hess, Administrator/Magistrate

Susan Klein, Secretary/Court Recorder

Laurie Powell, Adult Probation Officer

Patricia Johnson, Probation Secretary

Lenore Orozco, Account Clerk

Shelly Sonnevil, Civil Clerk

Virginia Mattox , Civil Clerk

Kay Williamson, Deputy Clerk

Tabitha NealDeputy Clerk

Monica Marler,Deputy Clerk

Kathy McCloskey,P/T Deputy Clerk

Janie Soderlund, Deputy Clerk 

 
Probation Department:
Phone: (269)657-8247

Mon., Tues., Wed.
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Thursdays
8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Fridays
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For Transcript Information
e-mail Susan at:
KLEINS@vbco.org


Seventh District Court West Division

Seventh District Court West Division
1007 East Wells Street
P.O. Box 311
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-5258
(269) 639-4517 FAX
Hours M - F 8:30 A.M. -4:45 P.M.

 

  Judge Arthur H. Clarke III

Judge Arthur H. Clarke III

James R. Becker, Administrator/Magistrate

Laura Canaan, Secretary/Recorder

David Hill, Adult Probation Officer

Florencia Jackson, Probation Secretary

Dawn Borah, Finance Clerk

Isabel Galaviz, Civil Clerk

Wendy Meyer, Civil Clerk

Teryn Dotson, Deputy Clerk

Teena Harris, Deputy Clerk

Ronda Willett, Deputy Clerk

Kristi Mitchell, P/T Deputy Clerk

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