41A District Court
Beginning Monday, April 26, the 41-A District Court will begin moving back to its renovated courthouse in Sterling Heights. The move is planned to be completed in two weeks. During that time period, the court will continue to provide services to the public via phone or remotely (via Zoom) according to Phase 1 requirements of the State Court Administrative Order. However, the building will remain closed to the public.
If there is an emergency, please contact Court Administrator Michael Piatek at (586) 446-2501.
Based on the rapidly changing situation with the novel coronavirus, the Court is hearing cases by Zoom remote conferencing, including: arraignments, pre-trial hearings, sentencing, probation violations, bench warrants, preliminary exams, and motion hearings.
All Civil and Landlord/Tenant motion hearings, bench trials, and pre-trials are also being held via Zoom at this time.
Notices of remote hearing are being sent via U.S. Mail and email.
The Court is able to schedule a limited number of cases for in-person appearances. These appearances are currently limited to circumstances where the Parties have requested an actual physical appearance in lieu of Zoom, or as mandated by a Local Administrative Order. Notices of in-person appearances will be sent via U.S. Mail.
Pursuant to Michigan Supreme Court's Return to Full Capacity Guidelines, trial courts must continue to hold proceeding virtually whenever possible. Courts in Phase II of reopening are ordered to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 people, including staff, and to practice social distancing and limit court activity to only essential functions.
Deputy Court Clerks are available to answer phone calls during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For assistance:
- With Civil matters, please call (586) 446-2535
- With Criminal matters, please call (586) 446-2550
- With Traffic matters, please call (586) 446-2575
- With Probation matters, please call (586) 446-2565
New filings will still be accepted by the Court. Filings may be submitted by U.S. Mail or via fax (586-276-4074).
Payments to the Court will continue to be accepted via mail (money order or check only please), via phone at 1-800-487-4567, or online through OfficialPayments.com.
Persons who are scheduled for in-person hearings will be allowed into the building after screening, however no other additional persons or spectators will be allowed inside. Social distancing and masks are required while at the courthouse. Persons wishing to view proceedings may do so via the Court's YouTube Channels. Please follow the link to the left for more information.
Coronavirus Public Notice
If you have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness, and you are a party or witness in a hearing, or have any business at the courthouse, please read this notice:
The CDC recommends that individuals who have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness stay home until they recover and are free of a fever (100.4F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptoms altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Signs of an acute respiratory illness include:
- Runny Nose
- Body Aches
- Sore Throat
If you have a pending court hearing, and you have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness, please contact your lawyer and inform your lawyer so that a continuance may be sought. If you do not have an attorney and you have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness, please call (586) 446-2520 during normal business hours. Please have your case number and court date available when you call, if possible.
If you are a witness in a hearing and you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, please contact the attorney or party that subpoenaed you and inform them of your illness so that other arrangements can be made to accommodate you.
Please note that Court operations are subject to abrupt change during this time of health crisis. Notices of change will be published to local media, appear on the Court’s website and the Facebook page of the City of Sterling Heights, and posted at the Courthouse. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation during these times.
AS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES AVAILABLE, IT WILL BE POSTED TO THE COURT WEBSITE. CONTINUE TO CHECK THIS WEBSITE FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.
About the Court
The Court closes for lunch between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Telephone: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There are 4 divisions of the 41A District Court as outlined below:
The Civil Division handles:
- Civil litigation up to $25,000
- Small claims litigation up to $5,500
- Landlord - Tenant disputes and land contract forfeitures
The Criminal Division handles:
- Arraignments, setting of bail, preliminary examinations on felony cases (where punishment exceeds 1 year)
- Misdemeanors (where punishment does not exceed 1 year)
The Traffic Division handles civil infraction and parking violations. Learn more by visiting the Violation Fee and Point Schedule page.
The Probation Department handles:
- Supervision of defendants sentenced to probation
- Presentence investigations and Substance Abuse Screenings
- Community Service placement
- Sentencing recommendations
Other Helpful Information
Fines, costs and other financial obligations imposed by the court must be paid at the time of assessment, except for good cause shown and approved by the court.
A drop-box is available at the front entrance of the building for your convenience during non-business hours. Online court payments may be made at Official Payments website.
Proper attire is required - shorts and tank tops are not considered proper attire.
No weapons are allowed in the Courthouse. Video or audio recording within the Courthouse is not permitted, except in cases of prior approval by the Chief Judge.
Court closure: Notice will be posted on this website if the Court is closed due to inclement weather or other emergency.
The 41-A District Court complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This grievance procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), individuals with disabilities (as defined by the ADA) may be entitled to accommodations to participate in Court hearings or other business with the Court.
To request an accommodation, we ask that you complete a Request for Accommodations Form (SCAO form MC 70). Once completed, please return this form to the court, located at 40111 Dodge Park, Sterling Heights, MI 48313.
The ADA may be used by any person who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, or programs by the 41-A District Court. The court's personnel policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination. The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination, such as the name, address, and phone number of the complainant and the location, date, and description of the problem, including the name of the judicial officer. Alternative means of filing complaints will be made available for persons upon request and as necessary.
The complaint should be submitted by the grievant or their designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:
Chief Probation Officer / ADA Coordinator
40111 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48313