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With the recent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Hillsdale County over the month of March 2021, the Courts in Hillsdale County have now moved back to Phase I. This means that court cases will be conducted via Zoom, including preliminary exams and felony sentencing. With this in mind, please call the court offices for specific information. All other Hillsdale County offices including the County Clerk and the County Prosecutor’s Office continue to be open by appointment.

Honorable Michelle A. Bianchi, Probate Court Judge

Office Information

Chief Deputy Register
Brennon Balcom

Probate Register
Gwen Dunton

Online Docket & Video Court Hearings

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Click to view Probate Court Online Docket hosted by the State of Michigan SCAO/JIS.

 In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, on April 7, 2020 the Michigan Supreme Court implemented Administrative Order 2020-6 which expanded the authority of judicial officers to conduct proceedings remotely. AO 2020-6 is designed to help courts manage remote proceedings, including:

  • Allowing for confidential communication between a party and their lawyer;
  • Providing access to the public during the proceeding or immediately after via a video recording, unless the proceeding is closed or limited by court rule or statute; and,
  • Recording of the proceeding must be sufficient to produce a verbatim written transcript.

If you have questions about the posted video court proceedings for Probate Court, please call (517) 437-4643.

Probate Court YouTube Channel for court hearings conducted through Zoom.

Click to read County of Hillsdale COVID-19 Court Services Information by Chief Judge Sara Lysznyai (4/1/2021)

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Probate & Family Court

Courthouse, 1st Floor
29 N. Howell St.

Hillsdale, MI 49242

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fax: (517) 437-4148

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Upcoming Meetings

17 May 2021;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
Hillsdale County Planning Commission
19 May 2021;
03:30PM -
Emergency Telephone Srvcs (9-1-1) 2021
19 May 2021;
07:00PM -
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