District Court, established by the Legislature in 1968, became a court of record in 1973 and testimony is recorded electronically by a Court Recorder. All appeals from District Court decisions are made to Circuit Court and are considered upon the typewritten verbatim District Court transcripts or settled record; rather than by a new trial in Circuit Court.
CIVIL ACTIONS: The District Court has exclusive jurisdiction in civil actions when the amount in controversy does not exceed $25,000.00.
A Small Claims Division, for civil cases under $3,000 is provided in District Court. the Civil Department also handles garnishments as well as eviction proceedings, land contract forfeitures and other proceedings. There will be no Attorneys, no appeals, no jury trials.
CRIMINAL ACTIONS: The District Court has jurisdiction of all misdemeanors, which include all traffic citations; holds preliminary exams of all felony cases; sets bail and accepts bonds.
The District Court has the same power to issue warrants; subpoena witnesses and require production of books, papers, records, documents and other evidence; and to punish for contempt as all other courts of record.
MARRIAGE CEREMONIES: District Judges and Magistrates of District Court have the authority to perform marriages.
JURY TRIALS: Juries in District Court are limited to six members; five of which can render verdicts in civil cases. In criminal cases, verdicts must be unanimous.
The District Court has diverse jurisdiction. It handles the following matters:
Lawsuits under $25,000
Summary foreclosure Land Contracts
Preliminary Felony Matters
*****Arraignments and Bonds
Punishable Under 1 Year
||Hon. Jeffery Barstow - District Court Judge
Phone: (906) 863-8532
Fax: (906) 863-2023
||Courthouse - 3rd Floor
839 10th Avenue
Menominee, MI 49858
||8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday