45B District Court

45-B District Court

13600 Oak Park Boulevard
Oak Park, Michigan 48237-2006
Telephone: (248) 691-7440

The court is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for holidays.

The 45-B District Court encompasses the Charter Township of Royal Oak, and the Cities of Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Pleasant Ridge.

The 45-B District Court is served by two elected judges and three appointed magistrates, with daily operations directed by Court Administrator Frank Goodroe, who is appointed by the judges.

45B District Court The 45-B District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over:

  • civil litigation up to $25,000 in the 45B district court
  • small claims disputes in which the claim does not exceed $3,000 in the 45B district court
  • all landlord-tenant disputes and land contract forfeitures in the 45B district court
  • criminal misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year imprisonment at a county jail when tried in the 45B district Court.
  • felony cases-where punishment exceeds one year of imprisonment. The 45B district court only handles arraignments, setting/accepting bail, and preliminary examinations on felony cases.
  • traffic and parking violations are also handled in the 45B district court

Court Divisions
The 45B district court is comprised of five divisions:

  • Administration: Responsible for administrative management of all non-judicial functions of the court, including: personnel, fiscal management, juror coordination, and case flow.
  • Misdemeanor/ Felony Division: Responsible for the processing, scheduling, and noticing for all misdemeanor and felony offenses.
  • Civil Infraction/ Parking Division:Responsible for the processing, scheduling, and noticing for all civil infractions and parking violations.
  • Civil Division: Responsible for the scheduling, noticing and maintaining records for all general civil, landlord-tenant, and small claims cases.(Civil cases are all non-criminal and non-traffic matters.)
  • Probation Department: Responsible for the supervision, monitoring, and referral of defendants placed on probation, as well as conducting substance abuse assessments and pre-sentence investigations.

The City of Oak Park Master Plan is an ambitious document which identifies “trends, patterns, problems and opportunities” of the City and establishes a path for the City to take as we move into the next century. The Plan is a culmination of countless hours of research which in turn has been melded into a pragmatic view of the future of our community.

What follows here is a synopsis of a portion of the Plan. For a complete copy of the Master Plan, please contact the Technical and Planning Department at 248-691-7450 or e-mail us with your request.


The purpose of this chapter is to provide the Planning Commission with a list of observations compiled by the consultant team. These observations resulted from the data collection and analysis phase of the Master Plan program. The consultant team's observations are designed to assist the Planning Commission with the formulation of goals and objectives statements that will form the basis for the land use patterns shown on the Master Plan Map.


As part of the larger Detroit Metro region, Oak Park is closely linked with trends occurring in Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties. Regional and local trends identified during the Master Plan program include:

Money spent on new construction in Oakland County during 1992 was 36% of the total construction dollars spent in the entire SEMCOG region.

Rapid growth in Oakland County was the main impetus for major transportation improvements, such as completion of 1-696 and widening of 1-75 north of Square Lake Road.

Regional transportation improvements benefit Oak Park by providing improved access to job opportunities and giving Oak Park businesses better access to suppliers, customers, and employees.

The new east-west regional connection provided by 1-696 provides contact between communities as far apart as Farmington Hills and the Grosse Pointes that was nearly nonexistent for the past 25 years.

Improvements in travel times bring people of the region closer together economically and socially.

Rising home prices in the northern and western suburbs tend to exclude first time buyers and some young families from those housing markets.


The most difficult task of any planning program is identifying ways to capitalize on opportunities that reverse negative development patterns and trends. The secret always seems to be related to identifying the positive aspects of the trends associated with local and regional change. Change must be viewed as a natural, evolutionary process. The fact that circumstances in the community change does not automatically mean that all change is bad. There are a number of opportunities available to Oak Park that result from ongoing change locally and regionally.

The opening of the final segment of 1-696 provides convenient, new contact with other suburbs. It also serves as a good advertiser for Oak Park. There are 2 exits that identify Oak Park to freeway drivers.

Rising home prices in the northern and western suburbs makes Oak Park attractive to young families and first time home buyers. The City's neighborhoods are still basically sound and easily marketed to this segment of buyers.

Oak Park's well-designed apartments could be converted to condos as the need for senior citizen housing becomes even more pressing. Other options for new condo construction may exist on a few vacant sites or as a redevelopment option on strategically important properties.

Providing uniform, attractive barriers between residential neighborhoods and business/industrial areas will provide improved identity and pride for both sides of the fence.

Oak Park businesses can develop merchandising techniques similar to those used in malls to improve the shopping climate of the City. Techniques include pooling advertising dollars, keeping the same store hours, and updating store fronts. Some type of formal organization, such as a downtown development authority, merchants association, and/or chamber of commerce, may be needed to lead such a renaissance.

Strict developmental controls on office-retail conversions can ensure quality developments.

The diversity in Oak Park's population makes it a very interesting place to live and visit. The strong Jewish, African-American, Chaldean, and Arab populations provide an eclectic mix of race, culture, and religion in a relatively small land area. This diversity is exciting and provides a strong marketing base.

In the City's recent Vision Program, citizens outlined a future vision for Oak Park. The Planning Commission now has a valuable tool in directing the future of the City.

As was noted repeatedly during the Vision Program, a strong and well-coordinated program of code enforcement will benefit the City's neighborhoods, shopping districts, office corridors, and industrial districts.

The City needs an identifiable “center”, especially related to shopping and personal service needs of its resident population. The Nine Mile and Coolidge area provides the base for redevelopment of a town center that could borrow from the successes of more traditional small city downtown.

For legal representation, call Christopher Seikaly, Attorney at Law & Counselor at 248-213-6410.  He will gladly answer your questions without charge about your case in the 45B District Court.

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