The most you can collect in the Small Claims Division is $7,000 plus court costs. Court costs may be added by the Judge at the time of judgment so do not include these costs in the amount of your claim.
By having your case tried in the Small Claims Division. You give up the following rights:
The right to have an attorney
The right to appeal to a higher court
The right to a jury trial
The defendant may not choose to give up these rights. If defendant refuses, defendant can demand before or at the time of hearing, that the case be transferred to the General Civil Division. Then either side may hire an attorney, request a jury trial, and have the right to appeal.
Filing a Complaint:
Fill out the Affidavit and Claim, form DC 84 plus 3 additional copies.
The filing fee, plus service fee for certified mail (see fee schedule). When filing by mail, send check (Michigan banks only) or money order made payable to the 73B District Court.
Defendant's first and last name.
Defendant's current address (route or post office box numbers are not enough when you want a process server to make personal service). If you furnish an incorrect address and the court officer attempts service, he/she is allowed by law to charge you for his time.
Amount of claim and pertinent dates.
A brief and concise statement as the nature of the claim. The responsibility is yours to prove two things to the Court. First, liability — why it is the defendant's obligation or responsibility to pay the money you claim. Second, damages- what is the exact amount of the money owed.
When the Claim is filed, a hearing date is set four to five weeks away. This generally allows enough time for the defendant to receive the notice with more than the required seven days before the hearing date.
On the date of the hearing please bring all evidence, witnesses, and anything else necessary to prove your case.
Small Claims Clerk: Jillian Ferris
Phone Number: (989) 269-9987
Fax Number: (989) 269-6167
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