45th District Court

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45th District Court

13600 Oak Park Boulevard

Oak Park, Michigan 48237-2006

Telephone: (248) 691-7440

Traffic/Criminal Department Fax: (248) 691-7158

Civil Department Fax: (248) 691-2368

The 45th District Court is now streaming live on YouTube!

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Public Record Lookup is now available online.

The Court provides access to online Records of Action as a public service and as a convenience to users. A search will not display information on non-public cases. The Court does not warrant the accuracy contained in the ROA and is not responsible for any errors or omissions. The Court assumes no liability for any actions taken in reliance on the ROA. The online ROA is not considered an official court record and should not be used for background checks.

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The court is open for telephone business Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the building is open to the public 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. except for holidays.

The 45th District Court encompasses the Charter Township of Royal Oak, and the Cities of Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Pleasant Ridge. The 45th District Court is served by two elected judges and two appointed magistrates, with daily operations directed by Court Administrator Nancy Waldmann.

The 45th District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over:

  • civil litigation up to $25,000
  • small claims disputes in which the claim does not exceed $6,500
  • all landlord-tenant disputes and land contract forfeitures
  • criminal misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year imprisonment at a county jail.
  • felony cases-where punishment exceeds one year of imprisonment. The district court only handles arraignments, setting/accepting bail, and preliminary examinations on felony cases.
  • traffic and parking violations

Court Divisions
The 45th court is comprised of five divisions:

The information presented in this web site is solely for informative purposes only. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice. All fines and costs are subject to change without notice at any time