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Observations of court proceedings at the 36th District Court is, and, can be a very positive experience for students and allows them an opportunity to see the court as an integral part of the justice system in a real court environment.

 The 36th District Court has 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

Courtroom observations for high school students are arranged through the Office of the Court Administrator at (313) 965-2568. Please provide the following information:

·     The instructor(s) name, telephone and fax number, name of the school, number of students and the requested date of your visit. 

Courtroom proceedings may be observed Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Due to limited space in the courtrooms, no more than 25 students are allowed per visit and at least 3 chaperones are required.  Click and review the Prohibited Items list prior to your visit. All surrendered items will be confiscated and will not be returned.

On demand or short notice visits are not available and must be scheduled two weeks in advance to allow for courtroom availability and clearance into the building.  A court representative will meet you in the Lobby and direct you to those courtrooms which are available for viewing.
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