The District Court has exclusive jurisdiction of civil matters involving claims not exceeding $25,000 in the following areas:
· landlord/tenant eviction proceedings,
· land contract forfeitures,
· garnishments and executions, and other related proceedings.
The District Court has the exclusive jurisdiction over all criminal matters in which the maximum penalty does not exceed one year in jail. It also conducts preliminary examinations in all felony cases in which the penalty exceeds one year in jail. The preliminary exam is conducted to determine whether or not the prosecution has sufficient evidence to show probable cause that the defendant committed the crime charged. If the District Judge decides there is probable cause, the matter is bound over to Circuit Court for trial.
Traffic Division and Magistrate Division
The District Court also has the responsibility for all traffic violations involving civil infractions and misdemeanors such as speeding, careless driving, and reckless driving.
For civil infraction tickets (violation of state statute or local ordinance which imposes no jail time) the Magistrate Division takes pleas of responsible, not responsible, or responsible with explanation. The Magistrate Division of the District Court also handles all informal hearings, small claims hearings, approves or denies search warrants, arrest warrants, and may hold arraignments.
Probation, which is granted by the judge, is a sentence that allows the offender to live in the community under the supervision of a probation officer. The 73B District Court has a Probation Officer, Jesse Osentoski, who oversees all matters dealing with probationers.
We do accept payments for fines & costs and bonds by credit card:
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