Hon. Dennis M. Wiley

Dennis M. Wiley

Dennis M. Wiley was appointed to the Berrien County District Court Bench by Governor John Engler in November of 1996. Judge Wiley currently serves as the Presiding Judge in the Civil Division of the Berrien County Trial Court.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, he served as Berrien County Prosecuting Attorney for seven years, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for six years, and an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for three years. Before moving to the Berrien County area, he was in private practice for several years and served in the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps for four years.


Judge Wiley graduated from Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Alabama in 1970 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and then received his Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame University in 1973. He is currently a law professor at Lake Michigan College and the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Police Academy. He has also served as an instructor at the National College of District Attorneys.


While serving as Berrien County Prosecutor, Judge Wiley established Berrien County Drug-Free School Zones and assisted in the formation of the U.S. Department of Justice Weed and Seed Program. He also served on the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan Board of Directors and was chairman of the Drug Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Benton Harbor - Sunrise.