Judge McGivney

Hon. Matthew J. McGivney

About Judge McGivney

Hon. Susan Longsworth

About Judge Longsworth

Judge Cavanaugh

Hon. Miriam A. Cavanaugh

About Judge Cavanaugh

Deborah Shaw

Juvenile & Probate Court Administrator


Katie Niehaus

Juvenile Services Supervisor


Erin Ostwald

Juvenile Register


Online Payments

You must have access to your assigned “Personal ID Number” to make an online payment.

Request a Court Appointed Attorney

To request a court appointed attorney, complete and email the Request for Appointment of Attorney to juvenilecourt@livgov.com or call the Court for assistance at (517) 546-1500.

The Juvenile Unit of the Family Division of the 44th Circuit Court has the responsibility of handling Child Protection and Juvenile Justice cases. The portion of Michigan Law giving authority to the Juvenile Court is the Juvenile Code.

Our Mission

In collaboration with County service agencies, we focus on community and child safety while providing youth and families with a supportive environment of individualized and rehabilitative services, accountability, permanence and healing.

Our Vision

All Livingston County children and families who interact with the Court feel valued and supported and achieve successful rehabilitation, reunification and permanency through creative individualized services.

Our Values

Knowledge: We value knowledge and a commitment to developing an environment which fosters personal development and professional growth so everyone who interacts with the Court experiences service with a high level of competence.

Compassion: We recognize the gravity of our involvement in the lives of children, families, and those who interact with the Juvenile Court. We are committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Fairness: We apply the law, policies and procedures consistently so that decisions in all interactions are free from bias and promote justice.

Service: We believe in going above and beyond by approaching each day as an opportunity to provide an exceptional level of service for everyone who interacts with the Juvenile Court.

Juvenile Court
Livingston County Official Logo


(517) 546-1500


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

Judicial Center

204 S. Highlander Way
Suite 3
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 546-3731