Livingston County will be closed on Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day.
44th Circuit Court Judge
Trial / Evidentiary Hearings: Mondays / Tuesdays / Wednesdays
Motion Day: Thursdays
Final Pretrial Day: Fridays
Motion Practice: All motions must be filed with the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, located at 204 S. Highlander Way, Howell, Michigan 48843. All Judge’s Copies must be delivered to the Brighton Courthouse, located at 224 N. First St., Brighton, Michigan. Courtesy copies shall be emailed to brightoncourtmotions@livgov.com. All motion hearings will be conducted via Zoom, unless otherwise designated by Court. Zoom instructions shall be provided to the parties in advance of the hearing. All evidentiary hearings and trials will be conducted in person at the Brighton Courthouse, unless otherwise designated by the Court. All adjournments and/or dismissals of motions must be made by the moving party. Any other motion adjournments must come through a motion or stipulation and order and must be approved by the Judge.

About Judge Longsworth 

Judge Longsworth is the Presiding Judge of the Family Division of the Circuit Court. She handles the following portions of the Livingston County Circuit Court docket: 100% of the juvenile delinquency cases, 55% of the domestic relations cases involving children; 100% of personal protection matters related to assigned domestic relations cases, 34% of civil cases, 34% of name change cases, and 33% of criminal and civil appeals from lower tribunals. Judge Longsworth also presides over the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, a specialty problem-solving court focusing on treatment and rehabilitation of non-violent juvenile offenders. As a former prosecutor and defense attorney, Judge Longsworth has served in treatment courts since 2005, and she helped establish the Drug Treatment Court of the 22nd Circuit Court.

In 2024, Michigan’s Governor appointed Judge Longsworth to the 44th Circuit Court. Before taking the bench, Judge Longsworth served as a trial prosecutor at the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for ten years, where she trained police officers and served as Lead Domestic Violence prosecutor responsible for implementing policies to promote evidence-based prosecution and survivor safety. After her tenure as a prosecutor, Judge Longsworth represented retained and court-appointed clients in Michigan’s trial courts as a criminal defense attorney, and on appeals before the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Previously, Judge Longsworth worked as a law clerk in the Family Division of the 43rd Circuit Court. Judge Longsworth earned her law degree from Notre Dame Law School in 2002, and her Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University in 1999.

Judge Longsworth served as Chair of the Oversight Policy Board for Substance Use Treatment and Prevention of the Southeastern Michigan Community Mental Health Alliance, Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, and Membership Chair of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Washtenaw Region. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Livingston County Bar Association, and Washtenaw County Bar Association. Judge Longsworth is admitted to practice law in all Michigan state courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Judicial Center

204 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843