53rd Circuit Court


Please follow the link below to see our current court schedule.

-53rd Circuit Court                 

Judge Gauthier

-53rd Ciruit Family Court

Judge Vizina


Circuit Court Jurisdiction

  • Civil cases of $25,000 or more
  • Criminal felony cases
  • Equity cases
  • Domestic cases including the following “Family Court” matters:
  • Divorce
  • Personal Protection Order
  • Paternity Action
  • Child Support  (micase)
  • Visitation/Parenting Time
  • Custody


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Due to COVID-19 our public seating in the courtroom is limited.  At this time the majority of our hearings are being held via Zoom video for the wellness of all parties, including staff and the public.  We have established a YouTube channel where you may view all public court hearings held by the Honorable Aaron J. Gauthier.  Public hearings are live streamed and remain on YouTube.  53rd Circuit Court Youtube Channel

Court Closures

The Court will be closed on the following days for the remainder of 2021:

  • Memorial Day, May 31st, Monday
  • Independence Day, July 5th, Monday
  • Labor Day, September 6th, Monday
  • Veterans' Day, November 11th, Thursday
  • Thanksgiving, November 25th & 26th, Thursday and Friday
  • Christmas, December 23rd & 24th, Thursday and Friday
  • New Year, December 30th & 31st, Thursday and Friday
Chief Judge
Aaron J Gauthier

870 S. Main Street
Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 627-8818


Additional Staff
Circuit Court Administrator/ADR Clerk
Karen Chapman
(231) 627-8818
Assignment Clerk/Jury Selection Coordinator
Dawn Reo
(231) 627-8420
Collections/Bond Compliance Clerk
Melissa Lail
(231) 627-8838
Drug Court Coordinator/Case Manager
Nicole Pawlowski