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Circuit & Family Court Records

Bonnie Scheele,
Clerk of the Circuit Court
280 Washington Street, Suite 206
Traverse City, MI 49684
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm, M-F

Passport Processing Hours:
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, M-Th

Phone: (231) 922-4710
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Circuit & Family Court Records

 circuit & family court records


Hall of Justice

The Robert P. Griffin Hall of Justice is located on the south side of Washington Street east of the Historic Courthouse, half way between Boardman Avenue and Cass Street. 

Due to the successful implementation of e-filing by the 13th Circuit Court, the County Clerk's Circuit Court Records and the Family Court Records staff have been combined into one office located on the 2nd Floor in the Hall of Justice.   Effective Wednesday, February 5, 2014, all new cases for 13th Circuit Court are filed in one convenient location.  Please call (231) 922-4710 for further information or if you need access to a casefile.  Many of our records are imaged and can be viewed at the public terminals in the Hall of Justice.

The 13th Circuit Court Administration Offices and Courtrooms continue to be located at the Historic Courthouse.

In general, civil cases involving claims for damages in excess of $25,000 are filed in Circuit Court Records Division as well as review of administrative agency decisions, appeals from the District Court, civil matters regarding titles to property, criminal felony cases and divorces without minor children.

In 2001, the Grand Traverse County Family Court Records Division of the 13th Circuit Court was established in compliance with MCL 600.1011. Since that date, the Family Court Records Division has accepted filing in matters of divorces involving minor children, paternity and family support actions, petitions for personal protection orders and legal name changes. Additionally, Family Court Records Division maintains all records for adoptions, emancipation of minors, parental consent waivers, juvenile offenses, and abuse and neglect matters that were previously handled through Probate Court.

E-Filing Now Mandatory

The electronic filing (e-filing) of pleadings and other documents in the 13th Circuit Court is mandatory for all civil, criminal felony and Domestic Relations case codes.  Mandatory e-filing is authorized by Local Administrative Order 2010-4 and Amendment of Administrative Order No. 2010-04 to Expand E-Filing.  For additional information that will assist you in the use of TrueFile, this Court's e-file software, please review the 13th Circuit Court's page regarding E-Filing.

Online Case Index Databases

Civil Records Online Database

Criminal Records Online Database
**On Criminal Records search, please check the docket entries to determine if the defendant was convicted.**

Common Abbreviations:

AFF Affidavit JDG Judgment
CAO Court Administration Office  MOT Motion
CERT Certificate OBJ Objection
DEF Defendant ORD Order
DEP Deposition PL Plaintiff
DIS Dismissal POS Proof of Service
DISPO Disposition STIP Stipulation
EVAL Evaluation STMT Statement
EXB Exhibit SUMRY Summary
FOC Friend of the Court SUPPL Supplemental
HRG Hearing W/DRAW Withdrawal
INTERROGS Interrogatories

Fees (Not used for TrueFiling)
Fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card.  Cost of standard copies is $0.50 per page.  Cost of certified copies are: $10.00 and $1.00 per page.

Office Hours
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please be aware that research of court files during the hours of noon and 2:00 p.m. may be restricted because older case files are located away from the main office due to space constraints. 

Passport processing hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the new location effective February 5, 2014 will be the Robert P. Griffin Hall of Justice at 280 Washington St., 2nd Floor. 

Additional Links

Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry

Women's Resource Center

OTIS - Offender Tracking Information System

Free Legal Aid Clinic - Third Level Crisis Intervention Center, INC.

Michigan Legal Help

This website was created by the Grand Traverse County Clerk as a public service.  All information on this site is intended to be accurate, complete and timely; however, neither the Clerk nor Grand Traverse County warrants the accuracy of the information contained herein nor are they respondible for any errors or omissions and they assume no liability for its use.  While the information on this site may be about legal issues, it is not intended as legal advice.  This site includes links to other sites on the Internet.  The Clerk and the County do not endorese any linked sites nor do they assume any responsibility for the content or availability of those sites.