Court - District 46

To contact the Court in the case of an emergency, please e-mail 46courtemergency@cityofsouthfield.com


CORONAVIRUS PUBLIC NOTICE

Revised 4/7/2021

In response to the Novel Coronovirus pandemic, the Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative  Order 2020-14 which directs trial courts to adhere to phased return of operations as determined by guidelines established by the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO). Pursuant to Michigan Supreme Court’s Return to Full Capacity Guidelines, trial courts must continue to hold proceedings virtually whenever possible. All Oakland County Courts, including the 46th District Court, have reverted back to Phase I of reopening. Courts in Phase I of reopening must primarily conduct virtual hearings and are ordered to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons in total, 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.

Based on the rapidly changing situation with the Novel Coronovirus, the 46th District Court will be CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AS OF APRIL 7, 2O21 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

The Court is returning to hearing all cases solely 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.

An exception to the above policy is where a statutory or constitutional right has NOT been waived.  Those cases may proceed to hearing with approval by the Chief Judge and Court Administration, with no more than 10 persons in the courtroom, including staff. Another limited exception is that the Court will continue to schedule a limited number of cases for in-person appearance, only where there is a history of failing to appear for at least two hearings conducted via Zoom.  This limited in-person appearance is to accommodate those who may have technological issues using Zoom and to give a benefit of a personal appearance prior to an arrest warrant being issued, a default judgment being entered or a case being dismissed.

Sometime in the future, the Court will return to in-person appearances in criminal cases where the parties prefer an actual physical appearance in lieu of an appearance via Zoom. Notices for any in-person hearings will be sent by mail.

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

46th District Court Virtual Hearing Information (PDF)

COURT CLOSING

Clerk’s Office - Effective on Wednesday April 7, 2021 the 46th District Court will again close the clerk’s office to the public.  Staff will be working and phones will be answered from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

In-Person Hearings Effective on Wednesday April 7, 2021, a limited number of in-person hearings will be allowed for each courtroom on certain cases where parties have previously failed to appear via Zoom. 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 all stayed generally; cases will be stayed only as otherwise required by law or at the discretion of the Court on an individual basis. Landlord/Tenant hearings will be scheduled and new cases are being accepted.
  • All Landlord/Tenant outdoor dockets or in person appearances remain canceled and are being scheduled virtually on Zoom. 

Additional Landlord Tenant resources can be found at:

https://michiganlegalhelp.org/

MSHDA Information on COVID Eviction Relief Program

https://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,4641,7-141-5555-533463--,00.html

Community Housing Network COVID Eviction Relief Program

https://communityhousingnetwork.org/

Tenant’s COVID Eviction Relief Assistance Application

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mshda/CERA_Tenant_Application_03.05.21_002_719190_7.pdf

CDC Declaration Form

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/EvictionDeclare_d508.pdf

  • Civil jury trials will be continually adjourned until a date when the Court is authorized by the Michigan Supreme Court to conduct them.

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 within 60 days.
  • 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 for a hearing date within 14 days.
  • Default judgments for failing to appear may be entered for Zoom hearings where the hearing was requested by the respondent.

CRIMINAL

  • Walk-in arraignments are now canceled and will be conducted virtually on Zoom.  Parties who contact the court regarding a misdemeanor (non-domestic) arraignment can post a bond, if required, have the warrant lifted and receive a Notice to Appear via Zoom.  Defendants with felony or domestic warrants shall be directed to the police department to be processed for video arraignment.  Online warrant resolution for misdemeanors and other non-felony bench warrants is available at www.courtinnovations.com/mid46.
  • In person felony preliminary exams are temporarily suspended and are currently being conducted via Zoom. If a party wishes to have an in-person hearing, the case will be adjourned until approved by the Chief Judge and court administration or otherwise until such time as such hearings are generally authorized to be held.
  • Probable Cause Conferences are being scheduled and monitored by Judicial Assistants, who will re-schedule the hearing date if discovery is not complete. Attorneys and clients who desire, may waive preliminary exam on paper and need not appear on the record. 
  • Criminal jury trials will be continually adjourned until a date when the Court is authorized by the Michigan Supreme Court to conduct them.
  • Criminal misdemeanor bench trials, pre-trials and sentencing hearings will be held via Zoom. If a party wishes to have an in-person hearing, the case will be adjourned until such time as the court allows such hearings to be held.
  • All in custody bonds will continue to be administratively reviewed.

PROBATION

  • All probationers will report via phone, mail, e-mail or Zoom conference until further notice.
  • Violation of Probation hearings shall continue to be conducted via Zoom. 
  • All Pre-Sentence Investigation interviews will be conducted remotely.
  • Bench warrants will not be issued for individuals for failing to appear for at one 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, 2021           New Year’s Day

January 18, 2021         Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 15, 2021       Presidents’ Day

April 2, 2021              Good Friday

May 31, 2021              Memorial Day

July 5, 2021                 Independence Day (observed)

September 6, 2021     Labor Day

October 11, 2021        Indigenous Peoples Day

November 11, 2021    Veterans’ Day

November 256, 2021    Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2021    Day after Thanksgiving

December 23, 2021    Christmas Eve

December 24, 2021    Christmas Day

December 31, 2021    News Year’s Eve