46th District Court
The Court is located at
26000 Evergreen Road
Southfield, MI 48076
Telephone: (248) 796-5800
The Court is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m except for holidays. The Clerk Counter and Cashier are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for holidays.
The 46th District Court encompasses Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Franklin Village, Bingham Farms, and Southfield Township. The 46th District is served by three elected judges and two appointed magistrates, with daily operations directed by Magistrate/Court Administrator Cynthia Arvant (telephone: (248) 796-5800), who is appointed by the judges.
The 46th District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over:
- all civil litigation up to $25,000.00
- all criminal misdemeanors (where punishment does not exceed one year)
- the arraignment, setting, and acceptance of bail and conducting of preliminary examinations in felony cases (where punishment exceeds one year imprisonment)
- all traffic and parking violations
- small claims disputes in which the claim does not exceed $3,000.00
- all landlord-tenant disputes and land contract forfeitures
Divisions of the 46th District Court
The Court is comprised of five divisions:
- Administration: Responsible for administrative management of all non-judicial functions of the Court, including: personnel and fiscal management, juror coordination, caseflow management, and other administrative areas.
- Misdemeanors/ Felony Division: Maintains records on all misdemeanor and felony offenses and is responsible for the processing, scheduling, and noticing of these cases.
- Civil Infractions/ Parking Division: Maintains records on all traffic civil infraction and parking violations and is responsible for the processing, scheduling, and noticing of these cases.
- Civil Division: Maintains records on general civil, landlord-tenant, and small claims cases and is responsible for the scheduling and processing of these cases. (Civil cases are all non-criminal and non-traffic matters.)
- Probation Department: Responsible for the supervision, counseling, and referral of defendants placed on probation. The Probation Department also performs alcohol assessments and pre-sentence investigations. Those who cannot afford to pay fines and costs are placed in non-profit agencies where they contribute volunteer hours in lieu of payment.
Information for people needing assistance
The 46th District Court's intent is to operate its programs and services so they, when viewed in their entirety, are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with a disability. To ensure equally-effective communication, the Court will provide auxiliary aids and services, such as sign-language interpreters, upon request. Reasonable advance notice is required. Please contact the Court Administrator's office at (248) 796-5800 (voice) or (248) 354-3329 (TDD) to make requests for these services.
Individuals with special needs who may require assistance in utilizing this process or service should also contact the Court Administrator's office.
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 46th District Court.