1st District Court Monroe County
106 E First St
Monroe, Mi 48161
MISSION STATEMENT of 1st DISTRICT COURT-MONROE COUNTY
The 1st District Court will provide access and services to all Court Users in a Fair, Consistent and Timely Manner.
In fulfillment of the mission, we are committed to:
District Court, with which citizens have contact more than any other court, has exclusive jurisdiction of all civil litigation up to $25,000 and handles garnishments, eviction proceedings, land contract and mortgage foreclosures, and other proceedings. In the criminal field, district court handles all misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year, including arraignment, setting and acceptance of bail, trial and sentencing, and conducts preliminary examinations in felony cases.
A small claims division for civil cases up to $5,000 is provided in district court. In these cases litigants agree to waive their right to a jury, rules of evidence, representation by a lawyer, and the right to appeal from the district judge's decision. If either party objects, the case will be heard by the general civil division of the district court. A pdf file is available regarding Information on Starting A Small Claims Suit or click the Small Claims Self Help link at http://www.courts.michigan.gov/self-help/center/pages/default.aspx Free small claims forms are available at the Michigan Supreme court site at the following Michigan.gov link.