The Michigan Judicial System serves the public, protects rights, interprets and upholds the law, and provides fair, accessible, effective and responsive forums for the resolution of civil, criminal and traffic matters.
The Michigan Judicial System will provide leadership for the continuous improvement of a justice system that is responsive to the diverse and changing needs of the public and accountable for the efficient and effective use of public resources.
The 41-A District Court strives to ensure our actions are guided by the following values:
- Access to Justice
- Equality, Fairness and Integrity
- Public Trust and Confidence
In 1968 the Legislature in Lansing established District Courts in Michigan to help relieve the overcrowded State Circuit Court. There are approximately 100 district courts in Michigan. The court that most people have contact with is the district court. The district court handles most traffic violations. The district court also hears both criminal and civil cases including small claims and landlord-tenant disputes. Civil disputes seeking money damages cannot exceed $25,000.00 in district court.
All criminal cases, for persons 17 years or older, are started in the district court. The district court explains to the defendant the charges, his or her rights, and the possible consequences if convicted of the charge. The court also determines the bail amount and collects bail. If the defendant is charged with a misdemeanor that is punishable by not more that one year in jail, the district court will conduct a trial and sentence the defendant if found guilty. In felony cases (cases that are punishable by more than one year in prison) the district court will set the bail amount and hold a preliminary examination to determine if a crime was committed and if there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed the crime. If so, the case is transferred to the circuit court for trial.
The 41-A District Court hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Court is closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The Court accepts personal checks with proper identification in most instances. Bonds posted must be in cash, certified check or surety. Fines, costs, bonds and filing fees may be paid by credit card by calling Government Payment Services (GPS) at 888-604-7888. You must have Pay Location Code #2322 when calling GPS.
The 41-A District Court conducts weddings on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. There is a $10.00 fee. Contact the civil division to schedule.
Phone (586) 739-7325