56A District Court

**Effective November 18, 2020**


Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, 

Eaton County Trial Courts are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.


A drop box is available inside the front doors of the courthouse during business hours.  

When alternative methods of conducting business are unavailable or impractical, a scheduled appointment may be made with the appropriate court department.   Information on conducting court business can be found below for all court departments.    

Members of the public are required to wear face coverings to the extent they can medically tolerate it.  Masks will be provided by the court prior to entry.

 Eaton County Return to Full Capacity Amended Phase 2 


Circuit Court Clerks 

            Email:  circuitcourtclerk@eatoncounty.org to submit pleadings electronically.

            Phone:  517-543-4346

            Link to Circuit Court Clerks Office website:



District Court Civil

            Email:  districtcourtcivil@eatoncounty.org to submit pleadings electronically.

            Phone:  517-543-4064 

            Link to District Court Civil Office website:



Payment for filings can be made at:

www.govpaynow.com            Enter PLC# 8882


Filing fee chart:  Filing Fee Chart


District Court Criminal

            Fax:     517-543-1469                         Phone:  517-543-4029

            Link to District Court Criminal website:


Online payments can be made at:  www.govpaynow.com                

Enter PLC# 6701

Email: districtcourt@eatoncounty.org


District Court Traffic

            Fax:     517-543-1469                         Phone:  517-543-3359

Online payments can be made at:  www.govpaynow.com               

Enter PLC# 6701

Traffic Ticket Pricing Chart:  Traffic Ticket Pricing 

Link to District Court Traffic webpage:


Email:             traffic@eatoncounty.org


Probate Court 

            Email:             probateoffice@eatoncounty.org

            Phone:             517-543-7500   ext.1276, 1277, 1278

            Link to Probate Court webpage:         



Friend of the Court 


            Phone:             517-543-6850

            Link to Friend of the Court webpage:

Juvenile Court 

            Phone:             517-543-6003

            Link to Friend of the Court webpage:


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.