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.
Michigan Supreme Court’s Administrative orders issued to protect the public during the COVID pandemic pursuant to the Michigan Constitution, Article VI, Section 4 are STILL IN EFFECT. To that end, Branch County Courts are required to continue adhering to guidance regarding FACE COVERINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, and COURT CAPACITY.
Generally, Family Division, Juvenile Court proceedings are open to the public. However, there may be health and safety reasons that result in participants being unable or uncomfortable to appear in person.
As a result, Branch County Juvenile Court is providing alternative, remote access via Zoom.
To access by phone only (no VIDEO):
DIAL 646 876 9923 and enter Meeting ID 512 545 9051
To access by Windows Desktops and Laptops:
Go to Zoom Website (zoom.us), click on “join a call” and enter using Meeting ID 512 545 9051
To access by Android or Apple Phones and Tablets:
Download the Zoom app from the app store prior to the hearing and then use Meeting ID 512 545 9051 to join
Notice of Remote Party Etiquette:
- You should place yourself on mute until or unless you are asked to unmute yourself.
- The call is a court proceeding and an extension of the courtroom. Appropriate conduct and attire are required.
The Judge/Referee has power over the proceeding and participants as if they were present in the courtroom.