General Civil Matters (Up to $25,000)
Questions? Contact our Civil Division at (517) 540-7648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Appeal - General Civil or Landlord Tenant
Must be filed with the Circuit Court first
$40 Bond and Storage Fee to be paid with cash, certified check, or money order only
Eviction & Execution
Must use a Bonded Court Officer assigned by this Court
No fee – Witness must be served with witness fee of $12 full day or $6 for half day
MI-Resolve: Resolve Disputes Online
Parties can resolve Small Claims, General Civil, or Landlord/Tenant disputes online with or without a mediator. Mediation is a process in which a neutral mediator helps parties identify a mutually acceptable solution. If the parties do not reach an agreement, your right to pursue the matter in court and to have your case heard by a Magistrate or Judge is not affected. The process is free, confidential, and available online 24/7.
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.