Arraignments - Weekend & Holiday Schedule
Of Prohibited Items
The 36th District Court is one of the largest and busiest courts
in the United States. Most of the citizens of Detroit will
have their first contact with the judicial system through
the district court. For this reason, it is often referred
to as the "People's Court".
While the 36th District Court processes
over 500,000 cases each year, it is a court of limited jurisdiction.
This means that its authority is limited to only those actions
that have been defined by state law. This court has original
jurisdiction for the following actions occurring in the city
All Traffic and Ordinance Violations
chief judge presides over the Court and oversees 30 judges
and six magistrates.
- All Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
- Preliminary Examinations for Felony Cases
- Small Claims Suits
- Civil Lawsuits (other than small claims) for Amounts up
- All Real Estate Matters Involving Rent and Land Contract
A Court Administrator oversees all of
the operations of the Court and approximately