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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:

- Traffic and Ordinance Violations
- Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
- Arraignments and Preliminary Examinations for Felony Cases
- Small Claims Lawsuits for amounts up to $5,000.00
- Civil Lawsuits (other than small claims) for amounts up to $25,000.00
- Real Estate Matters Involving Rent and Land Contract Disputes.

A chief judge presides over the Court and oversees 30 judges and four magistrates.
A Court Administrator oversees all of the operations of the Court and approximately
350 staff.
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36th District Court
Detroit, Michigan

36th District Court
421 Madison Avenue
Detroit, Mi 48226

TDD/TTY (313) 965-4158
Fax: (313) 965-3951


 

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