56 A District Court Eviction Diversion Program

The 56A District Court is working with Legal Services of South Central Michigan to assist both landlords and tenants facing evictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

56A EDP Flyer (color)

If you have an open Friend of the Court case, you may contact your caseworker for assistance. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I contact Legal Services? 

-You may contact Legal Services as soon as you are served with a notice to quit for Non Payment of Rent or Termination of Tenancy. 

Do I qualify for services?

-Parties would need to contact Legal Services so they may do an intake on the case. At that time, they will let you know if you qualify for their services. Legal Services cannot guarantee legal representation for your legal matter. 

 I’m scheduled for a hearing, what should I expect? 

-If you have been served with paperwork for eviction, you also received a “notice of remote participation”. This gives you access to the hearing and the courtroom via Zoom, without having to appear in person. Parties should expect to log into the Zoom application, and enter the ZOOM ID number. This will place you in a virtual waiting room. When the Judge is ready to hear your case, the Judicial Assistant will grant access, moving you from the virtual waiting room to the courtroom. The Judge will call the case, and read you your rights. IF you wish to move forward working with Legal Services, you will be placed in a breakout room to discuss options with Legal Services including qualification for assistance. 

 Can I call Legal Services before my hearing?

-Absolutely! You can contact them at 517-394-2985 EXT 226. Leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.