Court Staff

Probate Court Judge
Judge Michael L. Jaconette 

Probate Court Administration

Kristen Getting - Court Administrator
Cindy K. Rude - Court Manager/Probate Register

Probate Court Staff
Leeann Hollister - Judicial Secretary/Scheduling Clerk 
Zachary Callender - Deputy Probate Register
Kaylee Grable - Court Services Officer
Lillian Gimenez - Deputy Probate Register
Cindy Kemp - Probate Court Clerk

By Administrative Order

Security Policy for Court Facilities, individuals entering the Courthouse are to abide by the following:

  • No recording or camera use is permitted in the courtrooms
  • Cell phones must be turned off and put away in courtrooms
  • No employees may be filmed or photographed without their express permission pursuant to Michigan Court Rule 8.115(3)(b)
  • No weapons or cutting instruments are allowed

About Probate Courts
There is a probate court in each Michigan county with the exception of ten counties that have consolidated to form five probate court districts. Calhoun County has one Probate Court Judge. Judge Michael Jaconette was elected in 2010 and also serves as the Chief Judge of the Calhoun County Courts.
The Probate Court has jurisdiction over cases pertaining to admission of wills, administration of estates and trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and the treatment of mentally ill and developmentally disabled persons.
Probate judges are elected on a non-partisan ballot for six-year terms. A candidate must be a qualified elector, a resident of the county, a lawyer, and under 70 years old.