circuit court

Honorable Richard L. Caretti - Civil/Criminal Division


Honorable Richard L. CarettiJudge Caretti graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1975. He then graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Detroit College of Law in 1979. While attending college and law school, he served as a Detroit police officer. Judge Caretti was in private practice for 23 years. He was a partner with the law firm of Strobl, Cunningham, Caretti & Sharp prior to being appointed to the Bench in 2002. Judge Caretti has been elected twice to six year terms. He is a member of the Macomb Bar Association and Italian-American Chamber of Commerce.  Judge Caretti has four lovely daughters.




Contact Information Scheduling Days and Times Policies and Procedures




Macomb County Court Building
40 N. Main St., 3rd Floor
Mt. Clemens 48043
Telephone:  (586) 469-5137






Judicial Secretary

Linda Burns

(586) 469-5137

Court Clerk

Sandy Ackourey

(586) 469-5791

Court Reporter

Deborah Doyle

(586) 469-5179

Court Officer

Deputy David Ryan

(586) 469-5793


A.P.A. Nicole B. Blank

(586) 469-7307

Probation Officer

Agent Bruce Ritchie

(586) 469-5330

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Trials – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.,Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.



All Motions – Mondays at 9:00 a.m.

Settlement Conferences – Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 9:00 a.m., Sharp.



Pretrials – Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 9:00 a.m.

Sentencings – Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m.

Probation Violation Hearings – Tuesdays or Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

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Requests for alternate service must be accompanied by a verified motion, proposed order, an affidavit of the process server showing reasonable efforts to make service of process and a postal verification.



Requests to extend the summons must be accompanied by a motion and proposed order and must be submitted prior to expiration of the original summons.  Such requests will only be granted upon a showing of due diligence by plaintiff in attempting to serve the original summons.



Requests for adjournments may be made by fax request or stipulation and will only be granted upon a showing of good cause.  The grounds for the request and a proposed new date must be stated in the fax request or proposed order.



For most civil cases, the Court issues a standard Discovery and Case Evaluation Order setting the schedule for discovery, witness lists, dispositive motions, and case evaluation.  For the first request, Judge Caretti will permit a 90-day extension of the dates set forth in the Discovery and Case Evaluation Order by stipulation of the parties.  For the second request, Judge Caretti may allow 60 days and the Order must state the reason and give dates of the extensions.  If a Case Evaluation Hearing has already been scheduled, the parties must pay the $150 adjournment fee prior to submitting the order for entry.



The attorneys attending the conference must be thoroughly familiar with the case and have the authority necessary to fully participate in the conference.  The parties to the action and persons with full settlement authority must also be present unless their attendance is excused by the Court.  A request to excuse a party’s attendance must be submitted to the Secretary/Clerk in writing before the conference date.  A reason must be given in order to be excused.  A party whose presence is excused must be available by telephone.  If a matter is resolved it is appreciated if an order of dismissal is entered before the conference date, then the attorneys and parties need not appear for the conference.  If a matter is resolved, an order for dismissal should be entered within 3 weeks of the date of the settlement conference.  The attorneys and parties need not appear for the conference, but need to call the Court to let the Court know if the case is settled.



Requests to submit a case to facilitative mediation under MCR 2.410 and 2.411 may be made by stipulation.  If the parties are unable to agree on a mediator, the Court will select a mediator in the manner provided by MCR 2.411(B)(3).  The Court will generally require that facilitation occur within 60 days, unless good cause is shown for an extension.



The Court’s trial procedures are contained in its Trial Procedural Order which is issued when a case is scheduled for trial.  For a copy of Judge Caretti's Trial Procedural Order click here.


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