All Civil cases, including Domestic Relations cases and civil claims, are entitled to a hearing or trial before a Judge, and some civil cases, are entitled to a trial before a jury. However, it takes time to get before a Judge, and there can be significant costs associated with attorney fees, fees for expert witnesses, and other aspects of a trial. A trial is a public proceeding, in which personal details or details of a business that may otherwise be private are often disclosed. Also, with a trial both parties have uncertainty about the results until they are finalized, and the result is usually a very limited and specific decision.

Case Evaluation

Case evaluation is a process used in civil cases to resolve disputes without the involvement of the Court.


Mediation is a form of ADR that involves a trained neutral mediator facilitating a private meeting between the parties and their attorneys.

Livingston County Courts

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Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Judicial Center

204 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843