General Civil Matters (Up to $25,000)

Questions? Contact our Civil Division at (517) 540-7648 or

General Civil Matters include cases involving lawsuits between two or more parties seeking money damage. Claims of $25,000 or less are handled in District Court. Claims greater than $25,000 are handled in Circuit Court. However, only Circuit Court can handle cases involving equitable relief. Typically, a case may be filed either where the defendant resides, has a place of business, conducts business, or has a registered office. Sometimes, the case may also be filed where the action arose.

General Civil Filing Fees

All checks must be made payable to the 53rd District Court

$0 - $600
$601 - $1,750
$1,751 - $10,000
$10,001 - $25,000

Miscellaneous Fees

Motion Fees
Jury Demand
Appeal - General Civil or Landlord Tenant

Must be filed with the Circuit Court first

Abandoned Vehicle
$75.00 ($40 Bond + Storage Fee)

$40 Bond and Storage Fee to be paid with cash, certified check, or money order only

Discovery Subpoena
Dog Complaint
Eviction & Execution

Must use a Bonded Court Officer assigned by this Court

Witness Subpoena

No fee – Witness must be served with witness fee of $12 full day or $6 for half day

Legal Self Help Resources

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53rd District Court

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Phone Numbers

Office: (517) 548-1000
Civil Dept: (517) 540-7648
Jury Duty: (517) 540-7532
Jury Hotline: (517) 715-4122


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

Judicial Center

204 S. Highlander Way
Suite 1
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 548-9445