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Waivers of Arraignment

The District Court accepts Waivers of Arraignment on misdemeanor cases with the exception of the following: alcohol or controlled substance related charges, assaultive charges, stalking, indecent exposure, outstanding warrant matters, or any other case as determined by the District Court Judge or Magistrate.

Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanors are crimes of a less serious nature that usually carry a maximum jail term of one year. These offenses include traffic misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are handled by the District Court where the offense occurred. Some misdemeanors are punishable by more than one year, but are processed in the same manner as felonies. Drunk driving is considered a criminal offense, not a traffic offense.

Felony Offenses

Felony offenses are the most serious category of criminal offenses and are punishable by more than one year in prison.

In felony cases involving people 17 years or older, the District Court located where the offense occurred typically handles the initial stages of arraignment on the complaint and the preliminary examination. If the District Court finds sufficient evidence, the case is bound over or transferred to the Circuit Court. The Circuit Court then typically handles the case after it’s bound over.

Note: Misdemeanors and felonies involving people under 17 years of age are usually handled as juvenile delinquency cases in the Family Division of the Circuit Court where the minor resides. In some situations, the charge may be handled the same as an adult charge.

Warrant Resolution

District Court accepts in-person appearances on Felony, Misdemeanor and Civil Infraction warrant matters, Monday through Friday between 9 – 9:30 a.m.

Automatic Set Aside Conviction Information

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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