NEW! Online Traffic Ticket Review
No time for the line? Civil Infraction traffic tickets issued by the City of Muskegon or the City of Whitehall may be eligible for a free online ticket review. This new online program allows citizens to resolve minor traffic violations by submitting their case online. Click here to get started.
60th District Court Mission Statement
The 60th District Court is committed to excellence in pursuit of the fair, efficient, and equal administration of justice. Our judges and staff are dedicated to serving our community and one another by diligently working to resolve disputes before the court in a manner that respects the individual parties and demonstrates our adherence to the rule of law, our obligation to protect the rights and liberties of our fellow citizens, and our fidelity to the principles of fairness and impartiality.
What is District Court?
The District Court is a trial court of limited jurisdiction. Michigan is divided into 101 judicial districts, ranging in size from a single city or township to multiple counties. The District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the following types of cases:
- Civil suits involving $25,000 or less
- Adult criminal misdemeanor offenses punishable by up to one year's imprisonment
- Civil infractions or traffic violations
- Landlord or tenant disputes, such as eviction proceedings
- Small claims (civil suits involving $6,000 or less)
- Land contract forfeitures
Adult Criminal Proceedings
In addition to its jurisdiction to try adult criminal offenses punishable by up to one year's imprisonment, the District Court is the court in which all other adult criminal proceedings begin, regardless of the nature of the offense. In carrying out this function, the District Court has jurisdiction to:
- Issue arrest and search warrants
- Set bail and accept bond
- Conduct misdemeanor and felony arraignments
- Preside over preliminary examinations for felony offenses
District Court Decisions
District Court decisions are generally appealable to the Circuit Court, although a different appeal process applies to informal hearings involving civil traffic infractions, and small claims cases.