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Press Release - Wayne County Circuit Court New Filing Process for Personal Protection Orders (PPO)

Apr 05, 2021

For Immediate Release


Contact: Zenell B. Brown, Executive Court Administrator
Erin Lincoln, Deputy Court Administrator-Friend of the Court
  (313) 224-2239
Subject: Wayne County Circuit Court New Filing Process for Personal Protection Orders (PPO)


Detroit, MI – Effective April 5, 2021, parties in Wayne County will have a new and improved way to file a Petition for a Personal Protection Order (PPO). The Third Circuit Court has partnered with Michigan Legal Help ( to provide a platform for parties to obtain, modify, or terminate a Personal Protection Order. Instead of having to navigate and file pleadings with the Court on his or her own, Michigan Legal Help will walk a party through an online interview and prefill all necessary forms for direct filing with the Court. The party will answer questions and the Michigan Legal Help platform will complete the paperwork and then e-mail the completed packet to the Court for filing. Parties using the Michigan Legal Help platform will need to make sure they select Wayne County at the beginning of the interview.


Hon. Kathleen M. McCarthy, Presiding Judge of Wayne County Family Division, stated, “With great collaboration, Wayne County Family Court was able to work with Michigan Legal Help to allow the direct filing of PPO Petitions with the Court at the end of a client’s interview. Technological changes have been difficult for everyone in this pandemic. This process further eliminates barriers that domestic violence victims face in accessing the Court system.”


Further updates regarding this process will be posted at For other inquiries, please call (313) 224-6639.



The Mission of Third Judicial Circuit Court is to provide accessible and equal justice with timely dispute resolution. The Third Judicial Circuit has jurisdiction over Civil, Criminal, and Family matters arising in the County of Wayne. The National Center for State Courts has cited the Third Circuit Court as one of the model urban courts in the United States for case flow management and the timely disposition of the Court’s docket. For more information, visit our website, follow us at Twitter@3rdccorg, and like us on Facebook @3rdccorg.



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