In most courts, probate judges are assigned to the family division of the circuit court in order to provide judicial coverage of the caseload. In Branch County, Judge Kirk Kashian is the presiding judge over matters concerning the Juvenile Unit, of the 15th Circuit Court, Family Division.
The Juvenile Unit’s jurisdiction includes:
- Status offenses
- Abuse and neglect
- Termination of parental rights
Action by the Court is governed by the Michigan Juvenile Code and Michigan Court Rules.