About the Court
The Trial Court's Criminal Division has a separate docket, referred to as the Domestic Violence Court, which handles all misdemeanor charges of domestic violence filed in Antrim and Grand Traverse Counties. Judge Thomas J. Phillips presides over the Domestic Violence Court at the Antrim and Grand Traverse County Courthouses.
Having a specialized court allows domestic violence cases to come to trial quickly so that those cases are decided not only fairly but swiftly.
Cases typically come to trial within 3-4 weeks of arrest. Prompt court action enhances the safety of domestic violence victims and leads to prompt punishment and treatment of convicted offenders.