District Court (56A)
The District Court was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1968 and is constitutionally and statutorily mandated. The 56A District Court includes two District Judges who are elected on nonpartisan ballots for a term of six years.
The District Court handles cases filed within Eaton County, including:
- All adult misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year
- Civil cases up to $25,000 including small claims disputes up to $6,000 and landlord/tenant disputes
- Civil infractions, including traffic and parking violations
- Preliminary examinations in felony cases
- Traffic cases
All financial obligations (fines, costs, restitution) are due in full on the date of sentencing. Pursuant to Michigan Court Rules (MCR) 1.110.
The court calendar lists daily Circuit, District and Probate Court hearing schedules. All court cases may not appear on this list. Please reference your notice of hearing or contact the court for direct questions to a case.
The Civil Division is responsible for small claims up to $6,000, general civil cases up to $25,000, landlord/tenant and land contracts, and weddings.
The District Court Criminal Division oversees arraignments for a variety of crimes, including reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and drag racing.
Download forms and find information about probation officers with District Court Probation.
The District Court Traffic Division handles a variety of tickets and violations. Browse resources for resolving tickets and other violations.