Circuit Court Clerk

Location
37th Judicial Circuit Court
Circuit Court Clerk's Office
161 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI  49014

Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed from 12-1 p.m.
37thcircuitcourt@calhouncountymi.gov
 
Call: 269-969-6518
Fax: 269-969-6922

Due to the passage of the Clean Slate Act, there are three ways you can see if your convictions have been Set Aside. 

  1. Visit the MSP webpage and follow the procedure to search criminal history records for a personal records check. This process requires fingerprints and a $30.00 processing fee. The results will include all criminal history record information associate with the fingerprints submitted, both public and nonpublic information.
  2. Go to ICHAT to view any publicly available criminal history information.  This is an online name-base search and requires a $10.00 payment per search at the time of checkout.
  3. Check with the court of conviction.
More information can be found at www.Michigan.gov/cleanslate which also has a number of FAQ’s regarding automatic set asides.

The 37th Judicial Circuit Court Clerk's Office serves Calhoun County and accepts filings for:
  • criminal matters in which the potential sentence is incarceration of one year or more
  • domestic relations matters
  • juvenile matters pertaining to delinquency or criminal activity
  • child protective proceedings
  • adoptions
  • name changes
  • emancipations
  • general civil actions involving claims of $25,000.00 or more
  • county-wide appeals from District Court, administrative agencies of state government and local government boards


Filing fees:

  • Divorce with children: $175.00 filing fee plus $80.00 judgment fee
  • Divorce without children: $175.00 filing fee plus $80.00 judgement fee if spousal support granted
  • Family Court filings: $175.00 filing fee plus $80.00 judgment fee
  • Civil cases: $175.00 filing fee
  • Jury demand fee: $85.00
  • Motion fee: $20.00 (plus $80.00 judgment fee if motion is for post judgment relief for custody and/or parenting time; $40.00 judgment fee if motion is for post judgment relief for child support in family court cases)
  • For a complete listing of Circuit Court filing fees see courts.mi.gov and search Circuit Court Fee and Assessments Table or look under Fee Schedule .


Self Representation
A "Pro Per" litigant is a person who represents himself/herself rather than hiring an attorney. A person acting on his or her own behalf is, under the law, held to the same standards and duties as an attorney admitted to the practice of law in the State of Michigan. Such person is expected to know what the law requires and how to accomplish his or her purposes in accordance with the applicable statutes and court rules.

Circuit Court Clerks are not lawyers. Do not ask them to provide legal advice. Consult the Michigan Court Rules and Michigan laws rather than asking advice from the Circuit Court Clerks. Circuit Court Clerks ONLY verify that the appropriate and completed documents are being filed in the Circuit Court Clerks office.

If you need advice, please contact an attorney. If you do not have a lawyer and do not know a specific lawyer to contact, you can be referred to a lawyer through the State Bar of Michigan: You may call 1-800-968-0738 or visit michbar.org

You may also go to Michigan Legal Help. This website was created as a result of a statewide collaboration of judges, courts, lawyers, bar associations and other agencies to assist pro per litigants in representing themselves in many areas of the law. There are brochures located in the Circuit Court Clerk�’s office that you may feel free to stop in and pick up free of charge to assist you in your search for legal help. You can find more information under Michigan Courts Self-Help Center on this website.

In-Person Civil/Criminal Search Requests:

In-Person Civil/Criminal search requests include felony records in Calhoun County Only for public viewing. This is NOT a criminal history/background check. Criminal history record searches MUST be obtained from the Michigan State Police

Michigan State Police
Central Records Division - Identification Section
P.O. Box 30634
Lansing, MI 48909
Fax: 517-241-0866

The age of the case will depend on where the file is currently located. Please call the Circuit Court Clerk's office at 269-969-6518 for location of the files.