Court - District 46


Revised 6/30/20

46th District Court remains closed to the public until further notice.

Based on the rapidly changing situation with the Novel Coronovirus, the Court is working to hear by Zoom remote conferencing, all criminal in-custody arraignments, emergency matters, preliminary examinations, certain misdemeanor cases, certain traffic matters and certain civil case hearings.  Notices of remote hearings will be sent by mail.

The Michigan Supreme Court has issued several recommendations in response to Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency over the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) concerns.  Pursuant to Michigan Supreme Court Order 2020-02, trial courts are ordered to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, including staff, and to practice social distancing and limit court activity to only essential functions.  In response Chief Judge Shelia Johnson has directed the 46th District Court to immediately take additional action to reduce the risk of exposure and to mitigate transmission of the disease to litigants and court staff.  This notice is subject to change and will remain in effect until further notice by the Chief Judge.

Please contact the court for the most recent information regarding your case.

COURT CLOSURE: Effective at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 the 46th District Court will close to the general public until further notice. The Court will remain operational during limited business hours to conduct essential court services related to in-custody defendants and other actions deemed as emergencies.

Requests for emergency consideration shall be accepted by FAX (248) 796-5805 or by email to Any submitted request must include an explanation of why the matter should be considered an emergency and a return contact number and email address. The requests will be reviewed and approved at the discretion of the Chief Judge or the assigned judge.

All motions and other case hearings/events will be adjourned for 60 days, however the court may opt to notice certain matters for hearing by Zoom.  Notice of the rescheduled date will be sent from the court. 

At this time, video conferencing technology is available on a limited basis.  If there is an emergency or other general docket matter and the court is able to implement a video conference hearing, the Court will do so.


  • Civil jury trials will be adjourned to August 2020
  • All Landlord Tenant dockets will be reset to July 16, 2020 or later.
  • Landlord Tenant evictions are stayed until July 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
  • All mediations, motions and hearings will be adjourned, however the court may opt to notice certain matters for hearing by Zoom.
  • Dismissals and default judgments for failure to appear shall not be entered on all civil matters during the period of emergency.
  • Municipal civil infraction hearings will be set 60 days out, however the court may opt to notice these matters for hearing by Zoom. Default judgments for failing to appear will not be entered during the period of emergency. 


  • Parties are encouraged to use online resolution which can be found at  If a party requests an informal or formal hearing, it will be scheduled 60 days out.
  • Civil infraction conferences, informal hearings and formal hearings will be adjourned 60 days, however the court may opt to notice certain matters for hearing by Zoom. If you have received a traffic civil infraction and you must use online resolution within 14 days or if you do not elect to use online resolution, you must still contact the court within 14 days.
  • Default judgments for failing to appear will not be entered during the period of emergency.


Click HERE for information regarding the court’s virtual hearing process.  The court was authorized to continue using Zoom for virtual hearings. Click HERE for Zoom instructions

  • Felony exams will be adjourned until June 1, 2020 or later, however the court may  opt to notice certain matters for hearing by Zoom. 
  • Probable Cause Conferences should be adjourned to June 1, 2020 or later however the court may opt to notice these matters for hearing by Zoom. Attorneys and clients who desire, may waive preliminary exam on paper and need not appear on the record. 
  • Criminal jury trials will be adjourned to August 2020.
  • Criminal misdemeanor bench trials, pre-trials and sentencing hearings will be adjourned for 60 days, however the court may opt to notice these matters for hearing by Zoom. All in custody bonds will be administratively reviewed.
  • Bench warrants will not be issued for individuals for failing to appear during the period of emergency.


  • All probationers will report via phone, mail or email.
  • Violation of Probation hearings set for May will be adjourned to July 1 or later, .
  • All Pre-Sentence Investigation interviews will be conducted by phone.
  • Future appointments will be scheduled 60 days out. 
  • Bench warrants will not be issued for individuals for failing to appear during the period of emergency.

For more information, contact the 46th District Court at (248) 796-5800


Online Ticket and Warrant Review and Resolution

The 46th District Court is pleased to offer online case review as a part of our initiative to expand access to justice and strive for efficiency and fairness. You may be able to resolve your matter without the need to appear in court.

You can now request a review of traffic violations and certain types of warrants through an online program. If you think you have a matter at the 46th District Court, go to to search your name.


New! Online Case Review

Users may now search for cases that are scheduled and case history information for public cases. Please note NON PUBLIC data will not appear in these applications. Please contact the court directly if you do not see your case listed or if you have questions about the status of your case.

Click here to access a list of cases that are scheduled for hearing.

Click here to access the Case Search application.



Attention Attorneys, Creditors, and Those Seeking Garnishment at 46th District Court:

On July 18, 2016, the 46th District Court will launch GarnIT, a web-based system that can be used by plaintiffs to electronically request and obtain a writ of income tax garnishment. Click here to access GarnIT.

The Court is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m except for holidays. The Clerk Counter and Cashier are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for holidays.

The 46th District Court encompasses Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Franklin Village, Bingham Farms, and Southfield Township. The 46th District is served by three elected judges and two appointed magistrates, with daily operations directed by Court Administrator Renee Shelide (telephone: (248) 796-5800), who is appointed by the judges.

The 46th District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over:

  • all civil litigation up to $25,000.00
  • all criminal misdemeanors (where punishment does not exceed one year)
  • the arraignment, setting, and acceptance of bail and conducting of preliminary examinations in felony cases (where punishment exceeds one year imprisonment)
  • all traffic and parking violations
  • small claims disputes in which the claim does not exceed $6,000, effective January 1, 2018.
  • all landlord-tenant disputes and land contract forfeitures

Information for people needing assistance

The 46th District Court's intent is to operate its programs and services so they, when viewed in their entirety, are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with a disability. To ensure equally-effective communication, the Court will provide auxiliary aids and services, such as sign-language interpreters, upon request. Reasonable advance notice is required. Please contact the Court Administrator's office at (248)796-5800 (voice) or (248)354-3329 (TDD) to make requests for these services.

Individuals with special needs who may require assistance in utilizing this process or service should also contact the Court Administrator's office. The court's ADA Coordinator, Robin Dillard-Russaw, can be reached at (248)796-5800, ext 3.

Please click here to read the 46th District Court's Grievance Procedure under the American with Disabilities Act.

Please click here to download a Request for Accommodation form.

The 46th District Court will be closed on the following dates:

January 1, 2020           New Year’s Day

January 20, 2020         Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 17, 2020       Presidents’ Day

April 10, 2020              Good Friday

May 25, 2020              Memorial Day

July 3, 2020                 Independence Day (observed)

September 7, 2020     Labor Day

October 12, 2020        Indigenous Peoples Day

November 11, 2020    Veterans’ Day

November 26, 2020    Thanksgiving Day

November 27, 2020    Day after Thanksgiving

December 24, 2020    Christmas Eve

December 25, 2020    Christmas Day

December 31, 2020    News Year’s Eve