25th Circuit Court, Family Division
(Juvenile Court / Neglect-Abuse & Delinquency)
Marquette County Courthouse Annex
234 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 225-8300
(906) 228-1533 FAX
Email: probatecourt@mqtco.org

(eff. 11/2/2020 until further notice) The Marquette Court location is now open to the public by appointment only. Please contact the Probate Court at 906-225-8300 for an appointment.

All Marquette County courts are operating with modified dockets. Remote options are being utilized. If you are scheduled for a hearing please contact the court to confirm that your physical appearance is required. 
Docket schedules are available using the following links:

Judge Hill's Online Docket
Referee Dettmann's Online Docket

Court proceedings remain open to the public via virtual options
In light of the COVID crisis, the court is asking members of the public wishing to view a hearing to complete this form one business day prior to the scheduled event. Be aware that courts are currently utilizing video/streaming options in lieu of allowing physical attendance. 

If you have questions about this please contact the juvenile court.

Hon. Cheryl L. Hill
Probate Judge
 (906) 225-8300

 Attorney Darrell Dettmann
(906) 225-8300

Lynn T. Johnson, MA, LLP 
Director of Juvenile Services
(906) 225-8277 
Hope St. Amour
Probation Officer/County Juvenile Officer
(906) 225-8284
Kim Brennan
Probation Officer
(906) 225-8283

Kristin Marchiol
Probation Officer
(906) 225-8286

Dini Peterson
Probation Officer, 360° Program Manager, &
Foster Care Licensing Specialist
(906) 225-8285

Brenda Johnston
Family Court Financial Officer
(906) 225-8288

Laura Koen-Apple
Diversion & Intake Specialist
(906) 225-8291
                          Wendy Luokkala                                     Becky Morrison                       Mariisa Brewer
     Administrative Aide, Probate & Juvenile Court     Court Clerk/Court Recorder     Court Clerk/Court Recorder
                            (906) 225-8301                                       (906) 225-8295                      (906) 225-8296
Cases involving children under age 17 are handled by the Family Division of the Circuit Court.  This includes but is not limited to the following offenses:
Cases involving a minor under age 17 who has been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult.

A status offense where a minor repeatedly disobeys his or her parents (incorrigibility), fails to attend school (truancy) or runs away from home (runaway).

Juveniles who commit offenses after age 17 are referred to adult criminal court (District or Circuit Court).  Juveniles over age 17 may not be charged with status offenses.

Each charge/offense is reviewed by the Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.  If a petition is authorized, it is submitted to the Juvenile Court for processing.  Once received by the Juvenile Court, an intake is completed and reviewed by the Director of Juvenile Court to determine whether the petition should be handled formally or informally.


Cases involving abuse or neglect by a caretaker of a child under 18 years of age are also referred to the Family Division of the Circuit Court.

Abuse/neglect allegations are investigated by the Children’s Protective Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  A prosecutor reviews all petitions before they are filed with the court, and acts as legal counsel for DHHS once the case comes to court.  Caseworker services for abuse/neglect cases are provided by DHHS employees.