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Mental Health Court

Our Judges

Judge Carl J. Marlinga

Judge Carl J. Marlinga was elected to the Macomb County Probate Court for the six year term beginning January 1, 2013. Judge Marlinga previously served as the prosecuting attorney for Macomb County, having been elected to that position in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000.

Judge Marlinga began his professional career as an associate with the Law Offices of Paul L. Nine,

which later became the Nine and Maister Law Firm of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was also an associate with the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn of Detroit, Michigan. In 1982 he became a partner with the Southfield law firm of Bushnell Gage Doctoroff and Reizen.

Judge Marlinga also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Macomb County, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and a Special Trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force, assigned to the Detroit office. As an Assistant United States Attorney he was awarded a commendation by the United States Attorney General for his work in white collar crime prosecutions involving frauds perpetrated on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In a 30 year period from 1982 through 2012 Judge Marlinga was continuously rated as an “AV Preeminent” attorney by the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating service, which is the highest ranking available for both legal ability and ethical standards. He was recognized by the National Association for the Mentally Ill (N.A.M.I.) for his advocacy on behalf of the mentally ill. Turning Point, the Macomb County advocacy group and shelter-provider for battered spouses, honored him for his work on behalf of victims of domestic violence.  He was instrumental in establishing the Macomb Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.) program to allow prompt examination and support services for victims of criminal sexual conduct. He also was a founding board member of Care House, which provides similar services to child victims of criminal sexual conduct.

Judge Marlinga was the first prosecutor in Macomb County history to hire African American assistant prosecutors. He also greatly expanded opportunities for women lawyers in the prosecutor’s office, increasing the number of women assistant prosecutors (from 4 out of 56 in 1984) to over 50% of the staff of assistant prosecutors when he left in 2004.

Judge Marlinga is a 1968 graduate of the University of Detroit where he was awarded an A.B. degree, summa cum laude. He is also a 1971 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Judge Kathyrn A. George


Judge Kathryn A. George, was elected to the Macomb County Probate Court in November of 2002 in a countywide non-partisan election. Prior to this election, Judge George served briefly on the Sterling Heights City Council as councilwoman and mayor pro tem (1999-2002).

In 1989, as a practicing  attorney, Judge George was appointed by the Governor to the Michigan

 Worker's Compensation Appeal Board; she served in a quasi-judicial capacity.

Prior to becoming a practicing attorney, Judge George was a critical care nurse at hospitals in California, Michigan and the U.S Embassy in Kuwait.

Judge George attended St. Clement in Center Line and Warren Woods High School in Warren, Michigan. She has resided in Sterling Heights for over twenty years, and in Michigan almost her entire life.

While practicing as an attorney, Judge George was honored by the Macomb County Bar Association for arranging a partnership between the City of Sterling Heights and the Macomb County Bar Association to create the award winning cable television program "Legally Speaking", which educates citizens about legal matters.

In 2007, Judge George was inducted into the Macomb County Hall of Fame for her dedication, service and outstanding contributions to Macomb County and it's citizens. She has also received other awards from both the Macomb County Bar Association and Macomb County Probate Bar Association for her contributions to our community.

In 2005, Judge George was honored by the Army National Guard for her support of soldiers in the Michigan National Guard and their families.