The operations of the 66 District Court are constitutionally and statutorily mandated. Citizens have more contact with District Court than any other court in the state. Criminally, the District Court handles all adult misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year as well as relevant proceedings including arraignment, setting bond, trial, and sentencing. The District Court also conducts preliminary examinations in felony cases.
The District Court has exclusive jurisdiction of all civil litigation up to $25,000 and handles garnishments, eviction proceedings, land contract and mortgage foreclosures, and small claims cases up to $3,000. The District Court also adjudicates all vehicle code and statute/ordinance violations.