36th District Court of Michigan

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 of Detroit:


| All Traffic and Ordinance Violations

| All Criminal Misdemeanor Cases

| Preliminary Examinations for Felony Cases

| Small Claims Suits

| Civil Lawsuits (other than small claims) for Amounts up to $25,000.00

| All Real Estate Matters Involving Rent and Land Contract Disputes

A chief judge presides over the Court and oversees 30 judges and six magistrates.

A Court Administrator oversees all of the operations of the Court and approximately
500 staff.

3rd Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan

The Third Judicial Circuit is the largest circuit court in Michigan, with 63 judges and three operating divisions.

The Third Circuit Court has jurisdiction over civil, criminal, and family matters arising in the County of Wayne.

The National Center for State Courts has cited the Third Circuit Court as one of the model urban courts in the United States for case flow management and the timely disposition of the Court's docket.

Court Division Locations:

Civil and Domestic Division
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

Criminal Division
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
1441 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48226

Juvenile Division
Lincoln Hall of Justice
1025 East Forest
Detroit, MI 48207

Friend of the Court Division
Penobscot Building
645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226