Livingston County Courts
44th Circuit Court
The 44th Circuit Court of Livingston County handles felony criminal cases, civil liability cases where damages are alleged to be above $25,000, all Family Court cases including divorce, custody, support, and related cases and all Juvenile Court cases.
53rd District Court
The 53rd District Court handles misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, civil cases (including general civil disputes up to $25,000, small claims up to $6,500 with no lawyers or juries, and landlord-tenant matters), civil infractions such as traffic tickets, and also offers wedding ceremonies.
Court Administration is responsible for addressing various inquiries related to the judicial process, including matters such as circuit court jury service, court-appointed attorneys, and alternative dispute resolution options like case evaluation and mediation. Additionally, Court Administration assists with services such as obtaining official transcripts of court proceedings, providing access to view videos of court proceedings, and processing requests for permission to bring electronic devices into the court.
Friend of the Court
The Friend of the Court conducts investigations and makes recommendations to the Court regarding child custody, parenting time, child support, and domicile matters. In cooperation with the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU,) the FOC collects, records, and distributes support payments as ordered by the Court.
The Juvenile Unit of the Family Division of the 44th Circuit Court has the responsibility of handling Child Protection and Juvenile Justice cases. The portion of Michigan Law giving authority to the Juvenile Court is the Juvenile Code.
Probate Court has jurisdiction over the administration of estates of deceased persons and matters pertaining to trusts. The Court also hears cases pertaining to guardianships and conservatorships for incapacitated adults, minors, and individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, the Probate Court also hears petitions for involuntary hospitalization and treatment of persons with mental illness.
Legal Self Help Resources
Several resources are available for Livingston County residents who need help navigating legal matters. Browse our list of free and low-cost legal resources.