Court - District 46

CORONAVIRUS PUBLIC NOTICE

The 46th District Court is open on a limited basis.  Please read below for more information.

Revised 10/09/20

Based on the rapidly changing situation with the Novel Coronovirus, the Court is hearing cases by Zoom remote conferencing, including criminal arraignments; criminal pre-trials, sentencings, probation violations, bench trials preliminary examinations and motion hearings. All civil motion hearings, bench trials and some pre-trials will also be held via Zoom.  Notices of remote hearings will be sent by mail.

 

The Court will also schedule a limited number of cases for in-person appearance, where there is a history of failing to appear for at least two hearings conducted via Zoom.  In the future, the Court is looking to expand in-person appearances to circumstances where the parties have requested an actual physical appearance in lieu of an appearance via Zoom. Notices of in-person hearings will be sent by mail.

 

The Michigan Supreme Court has issued several guidelines in response to Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency over the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) concerns.  Pursuant to Michigan Supreme Court’s Return to Full Capacity Guidelines, trial courts must continue to hold proceedings virtually whenever possible. Courts in Phase II of reopening 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.

 

46th District Court Virtual Hearing Information (PDF)

 

COURT RE-OPENING

Clerk’s Office - Effective on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 the 46th District Court will re-open the clerk’s office to the public to conduct business daily, from the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  No more than 5 persons at a time will be allowed in the lobby of the clerk’s office and there will be no access to other portions of the building.

 

In-Person Hearings Effective on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, a limited number of in-person hearings will be allowed for each courtroom on certain criminal matters where parties have previously failed to appear. Persons who have a scheduled hearing will be allowed into the building after screening however, no other additional persons or spectators will be allowed inside. Social distancing requirements apply and allow for no more than 10 people in a space at any given time. Persons wishing to view proceedings may do so via the Court’s YouTube Channels, which are listed on the Court’s website and Facebook page.

 

Requirements for Entry - Parties entering the court must check in at the court’s main entrance and be screened for COVID symptoms. 

  • All persons must have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer. Any person with a fever will not be allowed to participate.
  • All persons must fully complete a Visitor Screening form.  Answering YES to any question will prevent participation in the hearing.
  • Masks are required to be worn at all times. Masks are NOT supplied by the court.
  • Persons who refuse to wear a mask or who do not have a mask will not be allowed to in the building but will be offered a re-scheduled date.
  • Persons are required to be socially distant and stay 6 feet apart from others.
  • After the COVID screening, parties will undergo weapons screening.

Persons who need to contact the court for emergency consideration or other issues relating to their Zoom hearings may contact the court by FAX (248) 796-5805 or by email to 46courtemergency@cityofsouthfield.com.

 

CIVIL

  • Landlord/Tenant evictions are no longer stayed, unless otherwise required. Hearings will be scheduled and new cases are being accepted.
  • All Landlord/Tenant dockets will be scheduled for an initial in-person pre-trial appearance, outside of the court building, beginning in September 2020 until further notice.  Please click here to view Lakeshore LegalAid’s webcast on Michigan’s Eviction Diversion Program. 

Additional Landlord Tenant resources can be found at:

https://michiganlegalhelp.org/

www.michigan.gov/edp

www.michigan.gov/documents/mshda/MSHDA-EDP-Tenant-Application_696595_7.pdf

https://communityhousingnetwork.org/support/evictiondiversion/

  • Civil jury trials will be continually adjourned until a date when the Court is authorized by the Michigan Supreme Court to conduct them.All motions and hearings and bench trials will be scheduled for hearing via Zoom.
  • All mediations will be referred to online dispute resolution via MI-Resolve or set for mediation via Zoom.
  • 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. 

 

TRAFFIC

  • Parties are encouraged to use online resolution which can be found at www.courtinnovations.com/mid46.  If a party requests an informal or formal hearing, it will be scheduled 60 days out.
  • Civil infraction conferences, informal hearings and formal hearings are being scheduled for hearing via Zoom. If you have received a traffic civil infraction, 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.
  • Failure to appear for a Zoom hearing may result in a default judgment.

 

CRIMINAL

 

PROBATION

  • All probationers will report via phone, mail or email or Zoom conference until further notice.
  • Violation of Probation hearings are currently being conducted via Zoom.  Limited in-person hearings may be set on some cases.
  • All Pre-Sentence Investigation interviews will be conducted remotely.
  • Bench warrants will not be issued for individuals for failing to appear for at least two VOP hearings conducted via Zoom. Thereafter, an in-person appearance date will be scheduled and a bench warrant will be entered on that date for failure to appear.

 

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 www.courtinnovations.com/MID46 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.

 

GarnIT

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. Court Administrator Renee Shelide, CCM, can be reached at (248) 796-5800. 

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