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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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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
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

http://vbco.org/vbcfoc.asp

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.

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

probate@vbco.org

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

  Judge David J. DiStefano 

Judge David J. DiStefano

Probate Register
Barbara Dundon

Judicial Secretary / Civil Scheduling / ADR Clerk 

Kelly Cowgill
Phone:  (269) 657-8200 ext. 2213
E-mail:  cowgillk@vbco.org

Deputy Register
Brandy Antonowitsch

Clerk
Heidi Winkler

Clerk/Receptionist
Jonique Shipley

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 Michael T. McKay 

Judge Michael T. McKay

Craig A. Hess, Administrator/Magistrate
Susan Klein, Secretary/Court Recorder
Laurie Powell, Adult Probation Officer
Maggie Edington, Probation Secretary
Lenore Orozco, Account Clerk
Shelly Sonnevil, Civil Clerk
Virginia Mattox , Civil Clerk
Susan Taylor, 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

Location:
1007 East Wells Street
South Haven, MI 49090 

Phone: (269) 637-5258
Fax: (269) 639-4517

Hours: Monday through Friday 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

Maggie Yelding, Civil Clerk
Kristi Mitchell, Deputy Clerk
Teena Harris, Deputy Clerk
Ronda Willett, Deputy Clerk

Lauren Harry, P/T Deputy Clerk

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 Monday - Friday 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

Maggie Yelding, Civil Clerk

Kristi Mitchell, Deputy Clerk

Teena Harris, Deputy Clerk

Ronda Willett, Deputy Clerk

Lauren Harry, P/T Deputy Clerk