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


Legal Aid Resources & Law Related Organizations

List of Public Resources

List of Legal Aid and Other Law Related Organizations

 District Court News

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Online Civil Dispute Resolution

​Resolve your civil dispute through the online MI-RESOLVE platform. The service is free and available online 24/7.

Warrant Resolution
District Court accepts in-person appearances on Felony, Misdemeanor, and Civil Infraction warrant matters, Monday - Friday, between 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Waivers of Arraignment

The District Court accepts 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.

Please download the form in the link above before filling it out. 

Automatic Set Aside Conviction Information

​For information on how the Automatic Set Aside Conviction process works, please visit www.michigan.gov/cleanslate or https://apps.michigan.gov

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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