District Court (56A)

Beginning June 19th, 2020, Eaton County Trial Courts will be closed Fridays through October 2nd, 2020.


2020-11 Court Closing Due to County Fiscal Emergency 

The Eaton County Trial Courts will operate on a modified schedule for conducting in-person proceedings limited to essential functions between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, daily.  Those requiring to conduct business with the Court are encouraged to contact the Court prior to arriving at the Courthouse to confirm their need to appear. 

Facial covering must be worn while in enclosed public areas, unless an individual is medically unable to tolerate a face covering.

Exterior of the 56A District Court

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.

Cases Handled

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

Financial Obligations

All financial obligations (fines, costs, restitution) are due in full on the date of sentencing. Pursuant to Michigan Court Rules (MCR) 1.110.