Family Division Referee (Juvenile)

Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan
2 Woodward Ave, Suite 720, Detroit, Michigan
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Under the general direction of the Chief Referee or Senior Referee, the Family Division Referee ensures the efficient disposition of cases by conducting hearings and rendering recommendations in Family Division cases, with diligence, respect, and professionalism, and in accordance with the law and Court policy. Employees in this title are expected to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.



  • Ensures the efficient disposition of cases by conducting hearings in accordance with the law and Court policy and issuing recommended orders in Family Division cases.
  • Makes written, signed reports to the Court containing a summary of testimony given, a statement of findings, and a recommendation order.
  • Drafts proposed orders and recommendations.
  • Serves on assigned committees.
  • Manages the courtroom.
  • Recommends procedural and policy changes to management.
  • Submits statistical reports in accordance with departmental guidelines.
  • Reviews petitions to ensure that certain criteria have been met.
  • Regular and predictable attendance at the job site (courtroom, division/department office, or field assignment).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Family-Juvenile Section

  • Graduate of an accredited law school.
  • Member of State Bar of Michigan in good standing.
  • Five (5) years of experience in the practice of Law, Juvenile Law preferred, and providing legal representation, which includes multicultural interactions, exposure, etc..
  • Knowledge of relevant statutes, case law, the Juvenile Code, and Court rules.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel and experience using MS Office Suite and relevant court software and systems.

Salary: $80,358.00 - $101,973.00


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