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

The jurisdictional amount for Small Claims cases can not exceed $7,000. Venue may be proper in more than one District Court location. A case may be filed either where the defendant resides, is employed, or where the action arose. There are no lawyers or juries and no right to appeal.

Filing Fees

All checks must be made payable to the 53rd District Court. If you are a governmental agency, please contact us for filing fees.

$0 to $600
$30 + Service Fee
$601 to $1,750
$50 + Service Fee
$1,751 to $7,000
$70 + Service Fee

Service Fees

Certified Mail
$16 per person

Subject to change without notice, due to United States Post Office postal increases.

Personal Service
$26 per person

Plus mileage billed by Process Server.

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