The Court is served by one elected judge and one appointed magistrate. District Judges are elected on non-partisan ballots for terms of six years.


The Magistrate's duties include conducting arraignments, setting bail, conducting informal traffic hearings, search warrants and performing marriages. The Magistrate of the 38th District Court is the Honorable Karen Haydett.

Honorable Kathleen G. Galen

38th District Court

Honorable Kathleen G. Galen

Judge Kathleen G. Galen graduated from the University of Detroit with a bachelor of science degree in 1986. She received her law degree in 1989 from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Judge Galen was elected to the 38th District Court for the City of Eastpointe in November 2020 to serve a six-year term. She is the Chief Judge and presides over the following types of cases: civil suits involving up to $25,000; adult criminal misdemeanor offenses; felony preliminary examinations; setting bail in felony and misdemeanor cases; civil infractions; landlord / tenant disputes, small claims, ordinance and charter violations; and land contract forfeitures.

Judge Galen previously worked in private practice specializing in family law, criminal law, and general area’s of practice. She served as Assistant City Attorney for Warren.

Judge Galen is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Macomb County Bar Association and Michigan District Judges Association.