Livingston County will be closed on Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day.
Chief Judge of the 44th Circuit Court & 53rd District Court
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, 204 S. Highlander Way, Howell, Michigan, 48843. All Judge’s Copies must be delivered to the Judge’s Chambers, 204 S. Highlander Way, Howell, Michigan. Courtesy copies shall be emailed to All civil motion hearings will be conducted via Zoom unless otherwise designated by Court. All evidentiary hearings and trials will be conducted in person at the 44th Circuit Court, 204 S. Highlander Way, Howell, Michigan. All adjournments and/or dismissals of motions must be made by the moving party. Any other adjournment of motion must come through a motion or stipulation and order and must be approved by the Judge.

About Judge McGivney

Judge McGivney serves as Chief Judge for the 44th Circuit Court and 53rd District Court. He handles the following portions of the Livingston County Circuit Court docket: 33% of the circuit civil cases, 65% of the circuit criminal cases, 34% of the criminal and civil appeals, 33% of all PPO cases unrelated to a domestic case, 33% of the name change cases, 34% of the adult ERPO cases (i.e., EP and ER cases), unrelated to a domestic case, and 100% of parental waiver cases. In addition, Judge McGivney is the presiding Judge of the Adult Drug Treatment Court and of the Business Court. He is also the lead Judge for the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program.

He was appointed to the bench by the Governor in 2019, elected in 2020 to complete the partial term of his predecessor, and re-elected in 2022 to a full six-year term. Prior to taking the bench in 2019, Judge McGivney worked as a litigator and as a transactional attorney in private practice for seventeen years. As an equity partner at his law firm, he represented clients in a wide variety of matters, ranging from domestic relations, probate and estate planning to criminal defense, personal injury, and real estate matters. Judge McGivney earned a B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science – Law and Society from Michigan State University (1998) and holds a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law (2001).

Judge McGivney is a member of the following: State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Judges Association; Livingston County Bar Association, Detroit Catholic Central Shamrock Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in all Michigan State Courts, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

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

Judicial Center

204 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843