Addresses and information on Michigan small claims courts and filings.

A person can file a claim in small claims court if he/she has a dispute involving a certain amount of money with another person, company or government agency.

The amount that could be recovered is limited, and it varies from state to state (usually from $1,500 to 10,000 Dollars.)

Most common claims in small claims courts involve:

  • Auto Accidents - Someone dents your vehicle and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Small Loans - Someone refuses to pay you back the money he/she borrowed.

  • Defected New Products - Your new chair breaks but the store will not fix it or return your money.
  • Poor Services Rendered - A dry cleaning company ruins your favorite dress and will not pay for or replace it.
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues - The property owner or landlord refuses to return your security deposit, even after certifying the place was left in in good condition.

Things to bring to court:

Original copies of all papers you need to help prove the case (contracts, letters, rental agreements, canceled checks, deeds, repair bills, IOUs, diagrams, written damage estimates, photographs or even drawings.)

2 photocopies of every original document. (one for the defendant, one for the court)

Any witness that could help the case. Some judges allow notarized statements by witness that cannot appear in court.

The piece of clothing or the appliance damaged by the defendant, if that's the case.

Small Claims Courts Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the minor.)
  • Be of sound mind or mentally competent. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the incapacitated.)
  • No objections are allowed.
  • United States citizen and non-citizens can use the small claims court.
  • There are no juries in small claims courts.
  • Either the plaintiff (the person who is suing) or the defendant (the person being sued) are allowed to speak with an attorney before coming to court, but lawyers are not allowed in the court with you. You must be a Pro Se litigant (represent yourself.)

Hearing dates are usually set on some evenings or on Saturday (once a month.)

Hearing is scheduled within 40 days in most cases (up to 70 days if one litigant does not live in the same county).


United States Government Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Detroit, MI 48201 Phone:(313) 234-5245

Wayne County Of- Circuit Court Family Division Campbell Patricia B 1025 E Forest AveDetroit,MI48207-1024 Phone:(313) 833-5600

Kent County Circuit Court 300 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Phone:(616) 774-3680

United States Government District Court Judges 110 Michigan St NW Ste 482 Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2313 Phone:(616) 456-2253

District Court 8300 Common Rd Warren, MI 48093-2382 Phone:(586) 574-4900

Macomb County District Court 4 51660 Van Dyke Ave Shelby Township, MI 48316-4448 Phone:(586) 739-7325

Roseville 39th District Court 29733 Civic Center Blvd Roseville, MI 48066-2179 Phone:(586) 773-2010

Eastpointe City Court - Michigan Small Claims Courts Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080 Phone:(586) 445-5020

Macomb County 42nd District Court-Romeo 14713 33 Mile Rd Bruce Twp, MI 48065-3910 Phone:(586) 752-9679

Macomb County Circuit Court Court Building Fl 5th Mount Clemens, MI 48043 Phone:(586) 469-5204

City of Southfield 46th District Court 26000 Evergreen Rd Southfield, MI 48076 Phone:(248) 796-5860

Dearborn 19th District Court 16077 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126-2937 Phone:(313) 943-2285

District Court 8300 Common Rd Warren, MI 48093-2382 Phone:(586) 574-4900

Genesee County Circuit Court Civil/Criminal Division Judges Court House Flint, MI 48501 Phone:(810) 257-3257

Genesee County District Court Mccree Building 630 S Saginaw St Ste 124 Flint, MI 48502-1525 Phone:(810) 257-3506

Tennessee County Circuit Court 900 S Saginaw St Ste 202 Flint, MI 48502-1442 Phone:(810) 257-3528

United States District Court Wst 315 W Allegan St Lansing, MI 48933-1500 Phone:(517) 377-1790

Lapeer Circuit Court Probation 255 Clay St Lapeer, MI 48446-2205 Phone:(810) 667-0221
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