Judge Julia B. Owdziej was appointed Probate Judge on June 3, 2014 and was elected by the Washtenaw County voters in November of 2014 and 2020. She currently serves as Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division.
She holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law. Judge Owdziej began her legal career as an Assistant Michigan Attorney General.
She began serving the citizens of Washtenaw County in 1991 as an Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney. In 1999 she was appointed a Washtenaw County Trial Court Referee and later added the duties of Washtenaw County Juvenile Drug Court Referee and Deputy Probate Register.
Judge Owdziej has also served the community in various other capacities including as Board member for the Center for Occupational and Personalized Education (COPE) and as a long time Washtenaw County 4-H leader. She is a member of the State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee.
Judge Owdziej is currently assigned to all trust inter vivos cases (TV), all conservator cases (CA, Minor CY) and all guardian cases (minor GM/LG, legally incapacitated GA and developmentally disabled DD). She is also assigned to juvenile delinquency matters, including the juvenile drug/mental health court and sexually reactive treatment court.