Lapeer County Court System includes the 40th Circuit Court, 71A District Court, and Probate Court.

Honorable Laura Cheger Barnard is the Chief Judge of Lapeer County Courts.

The Juvenile Court and Family Court are part of the 40th Circuit Court. The 40th Circuit Court also handles felony criminal cases and civil cases with alleged damages totaling over $25,000.  The 71A District Court handles misdemeanor criminal cases, initial stages of felony criminal cases, traffic cases, landlord/tenant cases, small claims, and civil cases with alleged damages under $25,000. Marriages are also performed in 71A District Court. Click on each court for more information. 

Court Judges

Hon. Laura Cheger Barnard 
Chief Judge of Lapeer Courts
71A District Court Judge
Term Expires: 01/01/2026

Hon. Michael Nolan

Term Expiring 01/01/2029
Motion Day: Mondays
Civil Docket 9 a.m.
Criminal Docket 1:30 p.m.

Hon. Michael Hodges

Circuit Court, Family Court
Term Expiring: 01/01/2027
Motion Day: Tuesdays
Circuit Court Motions 9:00 am
Juvenile Motions 1:30 pm

Hon. Justus C. Scott

Probate Court Judge
Term Expiring: 12/31/2024

District Court Schedule  
Mondays Motions 9:00 a.m.
  Criminal Exams 1:30 p.m.
Tuesdays Criminal Trials 9:00 a.m.
  Mental Health Court 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays Criminal Pretrials 9:00 a.m.
  Probation Violations 1:15 p.m.
  Criminal Sentencing 1:30 p.m.
Thursdays Criminal Pretrials 9:00 a.m.
  Criminal Exams 1:30 p.m.
Fridays Criminal Probable  
  Cause Conferences 9:30 a.m.
  Criminal Exams 1:30 p.m.


Probate Court Schedule  
Mondays Domestic Docket 9:00 a.m.
  PPO Docket  10:30 a.m.
  Juvenile Docket 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday Probate Docket  9:00 a.m.
  Criminal Docket 1:00 p.m.