Every year, the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office Circuit Court Division handles hundreds of felony cases including homicides, armed robberies, criminal sexual conduct, and major controlled substance offenses. In 2017 alone, the Prosecutor's Office dealt with 1776 felony cases. The division is comprised of four assistant prosecutors as well as the Chief Trial Attorney and is responsible for handling every stage of a felony proceeding from preliminary examination through sentencing.
First Case Steps
Chief Trial Attorney Matt J. Roberts reviews virtually every felony case at the time of the first court hearing, the Preliminary Examination, before the case proceeds to Circuit Court.
On to Trial
Once a felony case is bound over to the 14th Circuit Court, the cases are divided between the Honorable Timothy Hicks, the Honorable William C. Marietti, and the Honorable Annette R. Smedley. Senior Assistant Prosecutor James Corbett is assigned to Judge Timothy Hicks, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Benjamin Medema is assigned to Judge Smedley, and Senior Assistant Mary Farrell is assigned to Judge Marietti. In addition, veteran Assistant Prosecutor Brian Hosticka handles cases before all three judges.
The Circuit Court Division brings a wealth of experience to the 14th Circuit Court, with over 50 years combined legal experience. The Division is dedicated to ensuring the victims of crime have their voices heard and achieving justice in a swift, firm, and fair manner.