51st District Court

D51 Public Notice Update - April 28th, 2020-1
D51 Public Notice Update - April 28th, 2020-2
D51 Court Closure - Global COVID-19 Pandemic-page-001 - Copy
D51 Court Closure - Global COVID-19 Pandemic-page-002

Effective IMMEDIATELY until further notice:

If you are on probation at the 51st District Court, you will no longer be required to go to a testing facility to perform alcohol and/or drug testing.  If you are on a tether or using an interlock or in-home alcohol testing device, continue to test as directed.  If you have any questions/concerns, you can contact your probation officer by e-mail. They will be working remotely and may or may not receive voicemails.
*Angie Reid- areid@waterfordmi.gov
*Shelly Booth- slbooth@waterfordmi.gov
*Denise Larkin- slarkin@waterfordmi.gov
*Linda Hardacre- lhardacre@waterfordmi.gov
As of right now, there will be a probation clerk in the office on normal business days (Monday – Friday except holidays) from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm accepting phone calls: (248) 618-7647

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please see the updated notice below (03/17/20) regarding court operations during this evolving health crisis. Please contact the court by phone at 248-674-4655 with any questions about the updated procedures. 

D51 Public Notice Update - Tuesday March 17th 2020-page-001
D51 Public Notice Update - Tuesday March 17th 2020-page-002
Public Notice COVID-19 - Friday March 13th 2020-page-001
Public Notice COVID-19 - Friday March 13th 2020-page-002

ADA Requests for Accommodations

This administrative order is issued in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as Michigan statutory law.  The purpose of this order is to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities have equal and full access to the justice system. Nothing in this order shall be construed to impose limitations or to invalidate the remedies, rights, and procedures accorded to any qualified individuals with disabilities under state or federal law. 
D51 LAO 2017-01 Requests for Accomodations by Persons With Disabilities
MC 70- Request for Reasonable Accommodations

MC 70a- Review of Request for Reasonable Accommodations

Court Divisions

The Court is separated into 4 primary departments including:
  • The Civil Department handles cases that involve money or damage claims, landlord/tenant disputes, and performs marriage ceremonies.
  • The Criminal Department processes misdemeanor and felony criminal law violations such as drunk driving, domestic violence, retail fraud, and assault.
  • The Probation Department is responsible for supervision of probationers, conducting pre-sentence investigations, alcohol assessments, and probation violation hearings.
  • The Traffic Department processes citations written by police departments and municipal civil infractions.

Caseload & Budget

The 51st District Court processes approximately 20,000 to 25,000 cases per year. Visit the Michigan State Court Administrator's website for more information on caseload. To learn about the Court's budget, please visit the Budget and Finance Information page.
 2018 Annual Report

Public Notice

Please read this Public Notice (PDF) related to fines, costs, and assessments.
51st District Court
5100 Civic Center Dr.
Waterford, MI 48329

Phone: 248-674-4655
Fax: 248-674-4476

Court Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Arraignment Times
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.