Monroe, Michigan 48161
1st DISTRICT COURT COVID-19 INFORMATION
The Monroe County Courthouse building will be closed to the public through Wednesday, July 8, 2020, due to the positive testing for Covid 19 of an employee at the courthouse.
The building may reopen July 9, 2020, subject to change.
Individuals with emergency matters should file those in the drop box outside the building, or call the department or court for further direction.
Individuals with court hearings should contact the respective court to determine if their hearing has been adjourned.
Please consult the County of Monroe website for additional information.
WEEKLY ROTATION FOR MCSO JAIL IN-CUSTODY and EMERGENCY MATTERS WILL BE HEARD on TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Only available when court is in session
DUE TO THE CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY:
DISTRICT COURT QUESTIONS
CALL (734) 240-7075
ALL CIVIL HEARINGS
FOR MARCH & APRIL ARE ADJOURNED.
NEW NOTICES TO BE MAILED TO ALL PARTIES.
QUESTIONS CALL (734) 240-7090
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:
- Resolving civil and criminal matters fairly and efficiently
- Providing a dignified, safe and courteous environment for all people who work in and use the services of the Court
- Effectively allocating resources to implement those mandates of the Legislature and the Michigan Supreme Court
- Seeking cooperation of all court personnel to further the goal of total accountability to the Public
- Actively integrating the Court’s resources with those of the community, while protecting the rights of all persons regardless of race, gender, religious or sexual preference.
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 $6,000 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.