Honorable portrait

First woman to serve on 25th Circuit court recognized

Retired Judge Jennifer Mazzuchi, second from right, was honored with a portrait that will hang in the Marquette County Courthouse alongside other retired judges. Mazzuchi had the distinction of being the first female judge to serve on the court. Members of her family are, from left, Jane Politi, Daniel Politi, and the judge’s husband, Roman Politi at far right. (Courtesy photo)

By Journal Staff

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Courthouse now features a portrait of the first female 25th Circuit Court judge in the history of the county.

Judge Jennifer Mazzuchi’s portrait was unveiled Wednesday at the courthouse by the Marquette County Judicial Council and the Marquette County Bar Association. A full house witnessed the event, including judges from across the Upper Peninsula.

Mazzuchi had a 15-year-long career on the bench of the 25th Circuit Court where she handled criminal and family cases. She retired on Nov.1.

She was initially elected in November 2008 after working for nearly a decade in the county prosecutor’s office. Prior to moving to Marquette County, Mazzuchi ran a private civil law practice in Detroit until 1997.

Mazzuchi served as the Marquette County chief circuit court judge from 2016 to 2023.

Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to fill the partial term left by Mazzuchi’s retirement. Wiese will serve until Jan.1, 2025.

Mazzuchi’s portrait now hangs in the Circuit Courtroom South along with other retired Marquette County judges.


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