CourthouseCreated by state law in 1968, the 19th District Court has been one of Michigan's busiest for over three decades. Its caseload exceeds 75,000 annually.

The court is located at 16077 Michigan Avenue and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Three judges who are elected independently on non-partisan ballots for terms of six years serve the Dearborn Court.

THE 19TH DISTRICT COURT WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, JULY 11, 2022 TO OBSERVE THE EID AL ADHA HOLIDAY. THE COURT WILL RESUME REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2022.

Civil Case Procedures and Pretrial Forms

Joint Final Pretrial Status Report Form - PDF

Joint Final Pretrial Status Report Form - Word

Pretrial Status Report - PDF

Pretrial Status Report - Word

Civil Case Management Procedures

COVID-19 COURT OPERATIONS UPDATE

THE 19TH DISTRICT COURT IS OPERATIONAL: the building is open, but we are encouraging court stakeholders to resolve court business by contacting the Court by phone or e-mail.

At this time court proceedings will be conducted virtually and in person. It is important to review the Notice to Appear and any additional instructions mailed to participants.

Remote Courtroom Proceedings and Civil Case Filings, Click Here.

Court Main Phone Number: (313) 943-2060. Phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also contact the Court via e-mail: 

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Resolve a Traffic Ticket Online: an alternative to requesting a court date by phone, you can visit the online program at https://courtinnovations.com/mid19 and select “Traffic.”

Resolve an Outstanding Warrant: visit the online program at https://courtinnovations.com/mid19 and select “Warrant.”

Payments: Click Here.

Virtual Courtrooms: Click Here.

19th District Court Online Case Search

Court Announcements:

Gene Hunt appointed Chief Judge of the 19th District Court

19th District Court Awarded Michigan Veterans Treatment Court Grant

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The Judges of the 19th District Court have exclusive jurisdiction over:

  • Civil cases where the amount in dispute is less than $25,000. All parking and moving traffic violations occurring in the City of Dearborn.
  • Misdemeanor cases where the penalty does not exceed a fine of $1,000 and/or one year in jail. This includes such offenses as shoplifting, assault and battery, possession of firearms, minor drug violations, drunk driving and reckless driving.
  • Arraignments, conducting preliminary examinations and setting the bail in felony cases where punishment exceeds one year in jail.
  • Small claims disputes where suits for money damages do not exceed $6,000. 
  • Landlord/tenant disputes (non-payment of rent or eviction cases) and land contract or mortgage forfeitures where damages claimed are less than $25,000.

    In addition to fines and/or jail terms, 19th District Judges frequently sentence those convicted to probation. Conditions of probation may include attending traffic school, assignment to the Community Work Program, or counseling in such areas as domestic violence or substance abuse.

    District judges also are empowered to provide in-house counsel for indigents, officiate at weddings, and to issue search warrants and arrest warrants upon request from the state attorney general, Wayne County prosecutor or Dearborn city attorney.

    The 19th District Court does not have jurisdiction over cases involving divorce, child custody, estates, name changes or persons who are mentally ill.

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