41-A District Court

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 41-A District Court is joining efforts with our national, state, and local governments to protect our community, including those who work in our courthouse and the members of the public who enter our courthouse. Consistent with the directives and recommendations of the Governor, the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, and the City of Sterling Heights, our Court has implemented the following changes to our operations, immediately: 

  • The court is closed to the public through at least May 28, 2020.
  • Non-emergency matters will be rescheduled or adjourned by the Court with notice provided to all parties at their last known address.
  • Arraignments for in-custody defendants, and criminal matters for in-custody defendants will continue as scheduled.
  • Parties needing to contact the Court concerning an emergency civil or criminal matter during this time of closure are directed to call (586) 446-2501.

Courthouse Operations

While the Courthouse is closed to the public, clerks are still available to answer phone calls during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call (586) 446-2500 and follow the prompts. 

New filings will still be accepted by the Court. Filings may be submitted by U.S. Mail or via fax (586-276-4074). 

Payments to the Court will continue to be accepted via mail (money order or check only please), via phone at 1-888-347-4567, or online through OfficialPayments.com. 

If you have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness, and you are a party or witness in a hearing, or have any business at the courthouse, please read this notice: 

The CDC recommends that individuals who have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness stay home until they recover and are free of a fever (100.4∞F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptoms altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Signs of an acute respiratory illness include: 

  • Congestion
  • Fever
  • Body Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose
  • Fatigue

If you have a pending court hearing, and you have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness, please contact your lawyer and inform your lawyer so that a continuance may be sought. If you do not have an attorney and you have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness, please call (586) 446-2520 during normal business hours. Please have your case number and court date available when you call, if possible. 

If you are a witness in a hearing and you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, please contact the attorney or party that subpoenaed you and inform them of your illness so that other arrangements can be made to accommodate you. 

Please note that Court operations are subject to abrupt change during this time of health crisis. Notices of change will be published to local media, appear on the Court’s website and the Facebook page of the City of Sterling Heights, and posted at the Courthouse. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation during these times.