Formal Complaints and Disciplined Judicial Officers (Alphabetical)

The following is an alphabetized list of Michigan judicial officers who were the subject of a formal complaint (whether it resulted in discipline or not), or who consented to some sanction imposed by the Supreme Court without the filing of a formal complaint.  Pending cases are included to maintain a complete list of public disciplinary proceedings.

If an individual is not listed below, it is possible the judicial officer has been the subject of a private censure issued by the Michigan Supreme Court, which are not disclosed.  In addition, confidential explanatory or cautionary letters and admonishments issued by the Commission are not considered sanctions and are confidential, and their existence cannot be disclosed.  The Commission and its staff are prohibited from confirming or denying the existence of any investigation as to any individual.

chronological list of decisions by the Michigan Supreme Court addressing judicial disciplinary cases may be accessed on the Home Page (with links to more recent opinions).


Adams, Hon. Deborah Ross-  3rd Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 89 resolved by In re Adams, 494 Mich 162 (2013)

Barglind, Hon. Mary Brouillette-  41st Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 83 resolved by In re Barglind, 482 Mich 1202 (2008)   

Baxter, Hon. Wendy M.-  3rd Circuit Court, Criminal Division

  • Formal Complaint No. 53 resolved by In re Baxter, 465 Mich 1203 (2001)  

Bayles, Hon. Thomas C.-  30th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 33 resolved by In re Bayles, 427 Mich 1201 (1986)  

Bennett, Hon. Earl Warren-  3rd District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 16 resolved by Matter of Bennett, 403 Mich 178 (1978)  

Binkowski, Hon. Don-  37th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 26 resolved by In the Matter of Binkowski, 420 Mich 97 (1984)  

Blodgett, Magistrate James Lee-  55th District Court

  •    Formal Complaint No. 6 resolved with unpublished decision (1972)  

Bourisseau, Hon. Francis-  Mason County Probate Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Bourisseau, 439 Mich 1230 (1992)   

Bradfield, Hon. David Martin-  36th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 49 resolved by In re Bradfield, 448 Mich 1229 (1995)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 66 resolved by In re Bradfield, 465 Mich 1309 (2002)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 79 dismissed upon Respondent’s retirement (2006)  

Brennan, Jr., Hon. Thomas E.-  55th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 40 resolved by In re Brennan, 433 Mich 1204 (1989)  

Brown, Hon. Christopher C.-  50th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 54 resolved by In re Brown (After Remand), 464 Mich 135 (2001)  

Brown, Hon. Helen E.-  3rd Circuit Court, Family Division

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Brown, 468 Mich 1228 (2003)  

Callanan, Sr., Hon. Evan H.-  18th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 29 resolved by In the Matter of Callanan, 419 Mich 376 (1984)  

Chmura, Hon. John M.-  37th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 56 resolved by In re Chmura, 461 Mich 517 (2000) and In re Chmura (After Remand), 464 Mich 58 (2001)   

Chrzanowski, Hon. Susan R.-  37th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 65 resolved by In re Chrzanowski, 465 Mich 468 (2001)   

Church, Hon. Elizabeth B.-  91st District Court and Chippewa County Probate Court

  •  Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Church, 499 Mich 936 (2016)

Conrad, Magistrate James P.-  37th District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Conrad, 472 Mich 1242 (2005)    

Cooley, Hon. Wendy-  36th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 50 resolved by In re Cooley, 454 Mich 1215 (1997)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 64 terminated due to Respondent’s disability retirement (2000)   

Davis, Hon. Arvin L.-  9-1st District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 39 resolved by Matter of Davis, 432 Mich 1223 (1989)   

Deja, Hon. Daniel R.-  5th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 59 dismissed when Respondent was not re-elected (1998)   

Del Rio, Hon. James-  Recorder’s Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 18 resolved by Matter of Del Rio, 400 Mich 665 (1977)   

Del Vero, Hon. Frank-  53rd District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 75 dismissed upon Respondent’s retirement (2004)   

Edgar, Hon. James H.-  55th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 5 resolved with unpublished decision (1972)    

Ferrara, Hon. Andrea J.-  3rd Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 52 resolved by In re Ferrara, 458 Mich 350 (1998)  

Ford, Hon. Steven-  92nd District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 74 resolved by In re Ford, 469 Mich 1251 (2004)   

Fortinberry, Hon. Dana-  52nd District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 78 resolved by In re Fortinberry, 474 Mich 1203 (2006)    

Frankel, Hon. Marvin F.-  45B District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by Matter of Frankel, 414 Mich 1109 (1982)    

Gehrke, Hon. Joel S.-  64-B Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 51 resolved by In re Gehrke, 456 Mich 1220 (1998)   

Gibson, Hon. Sheila Ann-  3rd Circuit Court

  • Consent proceeding resolved by In re Gibson, 497 Mich 858 (2014) 

Gilbert, Hon. Alice L.-  6th Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 38 dismissed by Commission (1988)   

Gilbert, Hon. Thomas S.-  86th District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Gilbert, 469 Mich 1225 (2003)    

Gorcyca, Hon. Lisa O.-  6th Circuit Court

  •  Formal Complaint No. 98 is pending

Gragg, Hon. J. Robert-  Wayne County Probate Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 34 dismissed due to Respondent’s retirement (1987)   

Griffin, Jr., Hon. Rufus-  36th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 35 resolved by Matter of Griffin, 448 NW2d 352 (1989), and Matter of Griffin, 454 NW2d 116 (1990)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 46 dismissed due to Respondent’s retirement (1995)   

Grimm, Sr., Hon. Fredric A.-  14th Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 22 terminated when Respondent was not re-elected (1979)  

Gruenburg, Hon. Roy N.-  37th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 14 terminated when Respondent was not re-elected (1977)   

Hague, Hon. William C.-  Recorder’s Court, Traffic and Ordinance Division

  • Formal Complaint No. 23 resolved by Matter of Hague, 412 Mich 532 (1982)   

Haley, Hon. Michael J.-  86th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 77 resolved by In re Haley, 476 Mich 180 (2006)   

Halloran, Hon. Richard B.-  3rd Circuit Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Halloran, 466 Mich 1219 (2002)  
  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Halloran, 486 Mich 1054 (2010)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 97 was dismissed by the Commission.

Hammons, Magistrate Charles-  36th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 36 resolved by In the Matter of Hammons, 426 Mich 1225 (1986)  
  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Hammons, 439 Mich 1241 (1992)    

Hathaway, Hon. Cynthia Gray-  3rd Circuit Court, Criminal Division

  • Formal Complaint No. 60 resolved by In re Hathaway, 464 Mich 672 (2001)

Hathaway, Hon. Diane M.-  Michigan Supreme Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 91 was dismissed by the Commission due to Respondent's retirement (2013)  

Heideman, Hon. Bert M.-  99th District Court

  • Formal Complaint Nos. 2 and 4 resolved by In re Heideman, 387 Mich 630 (1972)   

Hocking, Hon. G. Michael-  56th Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 48 resolved by In re Hocking, 451 Mich 1 (1996)   

Hotchkiss, Hon. Ray C.-  30th Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 25 resolved by Matter of Hotchkiss, 415 Mich 1101 (1982)    

Hultgren, Hon. William C.-  19th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 82 resolved by In re Hultgren, 482 Mich 358 (2008)   

Iddings, Hon. Gregg P.-  Lenawee County Probate Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Iddings, ___ MIch ___ (2017)

James, Hon. Sylvia A.-  22nd District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 88 resolved by In re James, 492 Mich 553 (2012)  

Jelsema, Hon. Jack R.-  62A District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 67 resolved by In re Jelsema, 463 Mich 1229 (2001)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 71 dismissed due to Respondent’s resignation (2003)   

Jenkins, Hon. Leon-  36th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 41 resolved by In re Jenkins, 437 Mich 15 (1991)   

Justin, Hon. James M.-  12th District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Justin, 456 Mich 1220 (1998)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 87 resolved by In re Justin, 490 Mich 394 (2012)   

Kapcia, Hon. Norman F.-  Lake County Probate Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 9 resolved by In re Kapcia, 389 Mich 306 (1973)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 17 terminated when Respondent was not re-elected (1977)   

Laster, Jr., Hon. Clarence-  Recorder’s Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 20 resolved by Matter of Laster, 404 Mich 449 (1979)   

Lawrence, Hon. Edward W.-  43rd District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 24 resolved by Matter of Lawrence, 417 Mich 248 (1983)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 27 resolved by In the Matter of Lawrence, 419 Mich 1212 (1984)   

Logan, Hon. Benjamin H.-  61st District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 85 resolved by In re Logan, 486 Mich 1050 (2010)

Loyd, Hon. Lee Vera-  68th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 31 resolved  by In re Loyd, 424 Mich 514 (1986)    

Maras, Hon. Rudolph L.-  Hamtramck Municipal Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 3 dismissed due to Respondent’s death   

Mazur, Hon. R. Darryl-  12th District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Mazur, 498 Mich 923 (2015)

McCree, Hon. Wade H.-  3rd Circuit Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re McCree, 493 Mich 873 (2012)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 93 resolved by In re McCree, 495 Mich 51 (2014)

Merritt, Hon. Michael F.-  53rd District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In the Matter of Merritt, 431 Mich 1211 (1988)    

Mikesell, Hon. Willard J.-  5th Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 10 resolved by Matter of Mikesell, 396 Mich 517 (1976)   

Milhouse, Magistrate Harrell D.-  68th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 63 resolved by In re Milhouse, 461 Mich 1280 (2000)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 70 dismissed due to resignation as magistrate, and defeat in election for district judge (2002)   

Moes, Hon. Harvey W.-  Hillsdale County Probate Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 8 resolved by In re Moes, 389 Mich 258 (1973)    

Moore, Hon. Marion-  36th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 76 resolved by In re Moore, 472 Mich 1207 (2005)   

Moore, Jr., Hon. Warfield-  Recorder’s Court/ 3rd Circuit Court, Criminal Division

  • Formal Complaint No. 47 resolved by In re Moore, 449 Mich 1204 (1995)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 58 resolved by In re Moore,464 Mich 98 (2001)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 69 dismissed by Commission per resolution with Respondent (2002)   

Morrow, Hon. Bruce U.-  3rd Circuit Court, Criminal Division

  • Formal Complaint No. 92 resolved by In re Morrow, 496 Mich 291 (2014)

Myers, Referee David G.-  Sanilac County Friend of the Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 86 dismissed due to Respondent's death

Nebel, Hon. Charles C.-  Alger and Schoolcraft Counties Probate Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Nebel, 485 Mich 1049 (2010)

Nettles-Nickerson, Hon. Beverley-  30th Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 81 resolved by In re Nettles-Nickerson, 481 Mich 321 (2008)   

Noecker, Hon. James P.-  45th Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 73 resolved by In re Noecker, 472 Mich 1 (2005)   

O’Banner-Owens, Hon. Jeanette-  36th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 80 dismissed due to Respondent’s death   

O’Brien, Hon. Francis X.-  6th Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 44 resolved by In re O’Brien, 441 Mich 1204 (1992)    

O’Brien, Hon. John J.-  Oakland County Probate Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 37 resolved by In the Matter of O’Brien, 430 Mich 323 (1988)    

O’Connell, Hon. James D.-  Associate Judge, Highland Park Municipal Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 19 dismissed by Commission (1981)   

Post, Hon. Kenneth D.-  58th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 90 resolved by In re Post, 493 Mich 974 (2013)  

Powers, Hon. Dennis N.-  52-1 District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 94 dismissed upon Respondent's retirement (2014)  

Probert, Hon. Charles V.-  Wyoming Municipal Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 21 resolved by Matter of Probert, 411 Mich 210 (1981)   

Radzibon, Hon. Kenneth A.-  Presque Isle County Probate Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 57 by In re Radzibon, 457 Mich 1201 (1998)   

Redmond, Hon. Norene S.-  38th District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Redmond, 480 Mich 1227 (2008)

Reibel, Hon. Arthur R.-  90th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 13 dismissed due to Respondent’s resignation (1975)   

Rock, Hon. Calvin C.-  East Detroit Municipal Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 7 dismissed by Commission (1972)   

Runco, Hon. William J.-  19th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 61 resolved by In re Runco, 463 Mich 517 (2001)   

Ryman, Hon. Frank H.-  77th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 12 resolved by In re Ryman, 394 Mich 637 (1975)    

Sanders, Hon. Brenda K.-  36th District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Sanders, 485 Mich 1045 (2010)
  • Formal Complaint No. 95 resolved by In re Sanders, 498 Mich 856 (2015)

Scandirito, Hon. James A.-  41-B District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 62 dismissed due to Respondent’s resignation (2000)   

Seitz, Hon. James McCauley-  Monroe County Probate Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 43 resolved by In re Seitz, 441 Mich 590 (1993)   

Servaas, Hon. Steven R.-  63-1 District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 84 resolved by In re Servaas, 484 Mich 634 (2009)  
  • Supplemental order at 485 Mich 869 (2009)     

Shannon, Magistrate Thomas J.-  36th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 42 resolved by In re Shannon, 437 Mich 1257 (1991)  
  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Shannon, 465 Mich 1304 (2002)    

Simmons, Hon. Louis F.-  3rd Circuit Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 45 resolved by In re Simmons, 444 Mich 781 (1994)   

Simpson, Hon. J. Cedric.-  14A District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 96 is pending   

Sobotka, Hon. Virginia A.-  19th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 30 resolved by In the Matter of Sobotka, 421 Mich 1201 (1985)    

Somers, Hon. Ernest J.-  67th District Court, 4th Division

  • Formal Complaint No. 1 resolved by In re Somers, 384 Mich 320 (1971)

Steenland, Hon. Catherine Bove- 39th District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Steenland, 482 Mich 1230 (2008)

Szymanski, Hon. Frank S.-  Wayne County Probate Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 11 adjourned by Commission (1974); subsequently re-filed as FC 15  
  • Formal Complaint No. 15 resolved by Matter of Szymanski, 400 Mich 469 (1977)    

Tabbey, Hon. Kirk W.-  14A District Court

  •  Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Tabbey, 497 Mich 900 (2014)   

Templin, Hon. Robert L.-  6th Circuit Court

  •  Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Templin, 432 Mich 1220 (1989)    

Thomas, Hon. Claude R.-  54A District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Thomas, 441 Mich 1206 (1992)    

Thompson, Jr., Hon. M. T.-  70th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 72 resolved by In re Thompson, 470 Mich 1347 (2004)  

Trudel, Hon. Gerard-  24th District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Trudel, 465 Mich 1314 (2002)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 68 resolved by In re Trudel, 468 Mich 1243 (2003)  

Tschirhart, Hon. Philip S.-  89th District Court

  • Formal Complaint No. 28 resolved by In the Matter of Tschirhart, 420 Mich 1201 (1984)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 32 resolved by In re Tschirhart, 422 Mich 1207 (1985)  

Waterman, Hon. William-  50th District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Waterman, 433 Mich 1207 (1989)  
  • Formal Complaint No. 55 resolved by In re Waterman, 461 Mich 1207 (1999)

Wiley, Hon. Dennis M.-  Berrien County District Court

  • Consent proceeding without formal complaint resolved by In re Wiley, 495 Mich 963 (2014)