Ann Arbor Courthouses

Last updated: November 8, 2013

The University of Michigan has given Ann Arbor a well-deserved reputation as a college town. As a major hub of the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, the “People’s Republic of Ann Arbor” has a legacy of leaning to the left on the political spectrum which continues to this day. But Ann Arborites know nothing beats a day watching Wolverines football in The Big House, the largest college stadium in the world.

The court situation in Ann Arbor is confusing at best, so Findlaw has created this guide to help you sort out which is the right Ann Arbor courthouse for you.

State Courts

  • Washtenaw County Trial Court

    101 E. Huron St.
    Ann Arbor,
    MI 48104

    Tel: (734) 222-3001

    Good to know: The Washtenaw County Trial Court houses the Circuit Court for Washtenaw County. The Circuit Court handles large civil lawsuits worth more than $25,000. They also hear serious criminal cases, felonies, and gross misdemeanors where the defendant may face more than a one-year sentence. This court also has a family division for family law matters, domestic violence, juvenile matters and probate law.

  • Ann Arbor Justice Center

    301 E Huron St.
    Ann Arbor,
    MI 48107

    Tel: (734) 794-6759

    Good to know: The Ann Arbor Justice Center houses the 14D District Court. They handle smaller cases on both the civil and criminal side; small claims court, civil actions worth less than $25,000, landlord-tenant issues, most misdemeanors and traffic violations. Avoid lines by paying your ticket online. Small claims cases enjoy relaxed procedure and evidentiary law, but you must waive the right to a jury trial and cannot use the services of a lawyer. Visit the Small Claims Self-Help Center for more information.

  • 14A-1 District Court

    4133 Washtenaw Ave.
    Ann Arbor,
    MI 48108

    Tel: (734) 973-4545

    Good to know: 14A-1 District Court presides over Pittsfiled, Augusta, Barton Hills and Ypsilanti for all small civil, landlord-tennant and small claims matters. This is where small civil cases generally are handled.

  • 14A-2 District Court

    415 W. Michigan Ave.
    Ypsilanti,
    MI 48197

    Tel: (734) 484-6690

    Good to know: 14A-2 District Court presides over Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Augusta, Salem and Barton Hills. They are the criminal misdemeanor and traffic counterpart to 14A-1.

  • 14A-3 District Court

    122 S. Main St.
    Chelsea,
    MI 48118

    Tel: (734) 475-8606

    Good to know: 14A-3 District Court presides over the Chelsea, Dexter, Lima, Lyndon, Northfield, Scio, Sylvan and Webster. They handle criminal misdemeanor and traffic cases only.

  • 14A-4 District Court

    1000 N. Maple Rd.
    Saline,
    MI 48176

    Tel: (734) 429-2504

    Good to know: 14A-4 District Court handles criminal misdemeanors, traffic infractions, small claims, small civil lawsuits and landlord-tenant cases. They take criminal and civil cases from Saline, Milan, Bridgewater, Freedom, Lodi, Sharon, York, and Manchester, but only civil cases from Dexter, Chelsea, Lima, Lyndon, Northfield, Scio, Sylvan and Webster.

  • 14B District Court

    7200 S. Huron River Dr.
    Ypsilanti,
    MI 48197

    Tel: (734) 483-5300

    Good to know: 14B District Court only handles cases arising from Ypsilanti. They have jurisdiction over most criminal misdemeanors, traffic violations, small claims court, landlord-tenant issues and civil lawsuits worth less than $25,000. If you got a ticket, pay online to save the hassle.

Federal Courts

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

    200 E. Liberty St.
    Ann Arbor,
    MI 48104

    Tel: (313) 234-5005

    Good to know: The Federal Building in Ann Arbor houses a branch of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, which is based in Detroit. This court handles federal matters exclusively. The Eastern District of Michigan lay within the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, and it headquartered in Cincinnati. If you are representing yourself browse their list of forms to find the proper one. The best places to park are the lot on Fourth Ave. and E. William St., or the lot next to the library on Fifth Ave., though there is metered parking on the streets.

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