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


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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Waivers of Arraignment

​The District Court is now accepting Waivers of Arraignment on misdemeanor cases with the exception of the following: alcohol or controlled substance related charges, assaultive charges, stalking, indecent exposure, outstanding warrant matters, or any other case as determined by the District Court Judge or Magistrate.

Start by downloading the form after opening it (through the link above).

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) 548-1000 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

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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 $6,500.  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