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41-A District Court
The 41-A District Court is open to the public Monday - Friday except federal holidays.
Lobby Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Telephone Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed daily during 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. lunch hour
If the Court is closed due to inclement weather or other emergencies, notices will be posted on this website and various outlets from the City.
Deputy Court Clerks are available to answer phone calls during regular business hours. Please contact the appropriate division at the numbers below:
- Civil Division-Civil, Landlord Tenant, Small Claims | 586-446-2535
- Criminal Division-Felony and Misdemeanors Cases | 586-446-2550
- Traffic Division-Traffic, Parking and Building tickets | 586-446-2575
- Probation Division-Probation/Sobriety Court Cases | 586-446-2565
Proper attire is required - shorts and tank tops are not considered proper attire.
No weapons are allowed in the Courthouse. Video or audio recording within the Courthouse is not permitted, except in cases of prior approval by the Chief Judge.
Fines, costs and other financial obligations imposed by the court are expected to be paid at the time of assessment.
Payments may be made with CASH, CREDIT/DEBIT CARD, CHECK or MONEY ORDER at the Cashier's Counter, via mail (money order or check only), by phone at 1-800-487-4567, or online through OfficialPayments.com. A drop-box is also available at the front entrance of the building for your convenience during non-business hours.
Filings may be submitted by U.S. Mail or via fax (586-276-4074). Payment in full must accompany filings at the time of submission.
All filings are being accepted and notices of hearing are being sent via U.S. Mail and email. Filings may be submitted to the Court in person, by drop box, by U.S. Mail or via fax. The court is enforcing a 10-page limit on filings by fax and the filing fee must be paid prior to filing new cases by fax.
Walk-in Arraignments on Bench Warrants are available MONDAY through FRIDAY, 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
The Civil Division handles:
- Civil litigation up to $25,000
- Small claims litigation up to $6,500
- Landlord - Tenant disputes and land contract forfeitures
The Criminal Division handles:
- Arraignments, setting of bail, preliminary examinations on felony cases (where punishment exceeds 1 year)
- Misdemeanors (where punishment does not exceed 1 year)
The Traffic Division handles civil infraction and parking violations. Learn more by visiting the Violation Fee and Point Schedule page.
The Probation Department handles:
- Supervision of defendants sentenced to probation
- Presentence investigations and Substance Abuse Screenings
- Community Service placement
- Sentencing recommendations
Department Contact Information
2023 Court Holidays
The Court will be closed in observance of the following federal holidays:
|New Year's Day (Observed)||Monday||January 2|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||Monday||January 16|
|President's Day||Monday||February 20|
|Good Friday||Friday||April 7|
|Memorial Day||Monday||May 29|
|Independence Day||Tuesday||July 4|
|Labor Day||Monday||September 4|
|Columbus Day||Monday||October 9|
|Veterans' Day||Friday||November 10|
|Thanksgiving Holiday||Thursday-Friday||November 23-24|
|Christmas Holiday||Monday-Tuesday||December 25-26|
|New Years Holiday 2024|
Coronavirus Public Notice
The 41-A District Court no longer requires face coverings to be worn by employees or members of the public while in the building; however, we respect an individual’s decision to continue wearing a mask if they choose. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to continue mask use and social distancing while at the courthouse. Disposable masks are available upon request.
The CDC still recommends mask use for:
- People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with of COVID-19
- Everyone ages 2 and older in areas where the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH
- Persons who have a conditions or are taking medications that may weaken their immune systems, even if fully vaccinated.
The CDC recommends that individuals who have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness stay home until they recover and are free of a fever (100.4F 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:
If you have a pending court hearing and 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.
Pursuant to Michigan Supreme Court's Return to Full Capacity Guidelines, trial courts must continue to hold proceedings virtually whenever possible.
Persons wishing to remotely view proceedings may do so via the Court's YouTube Channels. Please follow the link to the left for more information.
Please Note: 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, the Facebook page of the City of Sterling Heights, and posted at the courthouse. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation during these times.
The 41-A District Court complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This grievance procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), individuals with disabilities (as defined by the ADA) may be entitled to accommodations to participate in Court hearings or other business with the Court.
To request an accommodation, we ask that you complete a Request for Accommodations Form (SCAO form MC 70). Once completed, please return this form to the court, located at 40111 Dodge Park, Sterling Heights, MI 48313.
The ADA may be used by any person who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, or programs by the 41-A District Court. The court's personnel policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination. The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination, such as the name, address, and phone number of the complainant and the location, date, and description of the problem, including the name of the judicial officer. Alternative means of filing complaints will be made available for persons upon request and as necessary.
The complaint should be submitted by the grievant or their designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:
Elizabeth Gadioli | ADA Coordinator/Probation Officer | 40111 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48313 | 586-446-2569