53rd District Court

53rd District Court

Chief Judge, 53rd District Court

Honorable Michael P. Hatty

53rd District Court Judges

Honorable Shauna N. Murphy

Honorable Daniel B. Bain

Marisa A. Lutz, 53rd District Court Administrator

COVID-19 Emergency Court Information

The Livingston County Courts will remain open for Essential Services and Other Such Matters as Scheduled by the Judge until further order of the Michigan Supreme Court, pursuant to Supreme Court Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1, 2020-2, 2020-6, 2020-12, and 2020-14.

Resources for Legal Aid and other Law Related Organizations

List of Public Resources

List of Legal Aid and Other Law Related Organizations

 District Court News

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Warrant Resolution

District Court is now accepting in-person appearances on Felony, Misdemeanor, and Civil Infraction warrant matters by appointment only, Monday through Friday, between 9:00-9:30 a.m. Please contact the District Court at (517) 540-1000 to schedule an appointment.

OnLine Civil Dispute Resolution

​Livingston County District Court is pleased to announce a new service, OnLine Dispute Resolution.

OnLine Dispute Resolution Information

Juror Scam Alert

Warning:  Please be on the lookout for fraudulent phone calls or emails regarding jury service.  Through calls and emails, scammers are pressuring citizens to provide confidential data, threatening prosecution for failing to comply with jury service, and claiming fines are owed for missing jury duty.  If you receive a call or email of this nature, please contact Detective Matt Young at the Livingston County Sheriff's Office at 517.546.2440.​

 New Security Requirements for OnLine Services

Livingston County has security requirements for On-Line Services.

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 53rd District Court is located at 204 S Highlander Way, Howell, MI.  The court hears the following types of cases:
  • Criminal - Misdemeanor and Felony matters
  • Civil - matters are divided into three different categories:
    • General Civil (up to $25,000) - cases involving lawsuits between two or more parties seeking money damages.
    • Small Claims - Cases where the amount claimed does not exceed a specified amount, Small claims cases should not exceed $6,000.  There are no lawyers or juries and no right to appeal.
    • Landlord Tenant - Proceedings to recover possession of premises and/or obtain a money judgment.
  • Civil Infractions - Traffic Tickets
  • Weddings