Circuit and Probate Courts announce new leadership


The Michigan Supreme Court has announced the appointments of Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jeffery S. Matis and Probate Court Judge Linda S. Hallmark as chief judges for the Circuit and Probate Courts respectively. Their terms officially begin on January 1, 2021, and will run through December 31, 2023.  Matis is serving as chief judge for the remainder of the current term ending December 31, 2021, before starting his term in January.

Matis has rounded out his leadership team appointing Judge Denise Langford Morris as Circuit Court chief judge pro tem for the interim period and for the term beginning on January 1. Judge Phyllis C. Millen will continue as
presiding judge of the Civil/Criminal Division and Judge Mary Ellen Brennan will also continue in her role as presiding judge of the Family Division.

Hallmark has selected Judge Kathleen A. Ryan to serve as the Probate Court chief judge pro tem. Judge Daniel A. O’Brien will serve as presiding judge trusts and estates and Judge Jennifer Callaghan will fill the role of presiding judge guardianships, conservatorships, and mental health. All of these terms will begin on January 1, 2022.


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