51st District Court


Judge Kuhn Criminal Dockets-In Person unless specifically scheduled on Zoom (319 889 8542)

Judge Fox Criminal Dockets-  Zoom (759 690 0376) unless specifically scheduled in Person.

Arraignments with Magistrate on Wednesday afternoons-Zoom Meeting id 940 871 3672

Civil Infraction Conference (CIC) and Informal Hearings-Zoom Meeting id 956 662 4126

All Civil Matters- Zoom unless specifically scheduled in Person.  Utilize Judge of Records Meeting ID- Judge Kuhn 319 889 8542    Judge Fox 759 690 0376

Landlord Tenant Hearings Zoom.

9:15 Hearings- 319 889 8542- Judge Kuhn     

1:30 Hearings- 759 690 0376- Judge Fox

2023 Holiday Schedule

Landlord Tenant letter

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.

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.