You have several options to how you plea on a civil infraction ticket, as well as different options to make your payment. You are required to respond to your ticket, either by making a payment or requesting a court date, within 10 days of the ticket being issued.
You may admit responsibility and pay the ticket. You may pay in person at the Court between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or mail your payment to the Court. Please call the Court to verify the amount owed before mailing a payment. The Court accepts checks, cash, money orders, and certified checks. The Court accepts credit cards online through a third-party provider. You can pay civil infractions on or before due date online through CLEMIS. If it is past the due date, you can make your payment here.* A service fee will be charged.
*If making a payment past the due date, you will need to know your ticket number and the amount owed. Please call the Court or navigate to our Online Case Lookup to verify the information you have is correct.
Deny Responsibility & Request an Informal Hearing
You may deny responsibility for the offense and request an informal hearing with the police officer who issued your ticket. The officer will review your driving record as well as evaluate any evidence you provide and decide whether or not they are able to offer you a reduction or dismissal. Neither party may have an attorney present for an informal hearing. Hearings can take place either on Zoom or in person. If you are unable to reach an agreement for any reason, you will still have the opportunity to proceed to either a civil infraction conference or formal hearing. Please call the Court or submit an Online Hearing Request if you would like to request an informal hearing.
Deny Responsibility & Request a Formal Hearing
You may deny responsibility for the offense and request a Formal Hearing in front of a Judge. The officer and any necessary parties will be subpoenaed for the hearing and will be represented by the prosecuting attorney. You may also have an attorney present. Both parties will be required to present the facts of the case to the Judge. The Judge will then make a determination as to your responsibility for the offense based on the evidence presented. Please call the Court if you would like to request a formal hearing.
Request a Civil Infraction Conference
You may request a conference with the Waterford Prosecutor for the purpose of reaching a plea agreement. The officer who issued your ticket will not be subpoenaed to appear. At the conference, you and the Prosecutor will have the opportunity to discuss plea options. If you are unable to reach a plea agreement for any reason, you will still have the opportunity to deny responsibility for the charge and proceed to either an informal or formal hearing. Please call the Court or submit an Online Hearing Request if you would like to request a civil infraction conference.*
*PLEASE NOTE: Civil Infraction Conferences are only offered for township tickets (i.e. tickets issued by Waterford Township Police Department). Hearings for tickets issued by Oakland County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police, or any other agency are limited to either informal or formal hearings.
Request an Adjournment of a Court Date
Requests for adjournments are discouraged but will be considered for good cause. No adjournments will be granted less than 7 days before the scheduled court date unless there are verifiable emergency circumstances. If you would like to ask for an adjournment, please contact the Traffic Department at 248-618-7591.
Request an Extension or Payment Plan
Please call the court for any payment plans or payment extension requests. Depending on the circumstances, you may be asked to write a formal letter to a Judge with your request.
If you fail to pay, appear, or request a hearing by the date specified on your citation, a default judgment will be entered against you and a $25 fee will be added. Upon entry of the default judgment, the offense will be abstracted to your driving record along with any points associated with the ticket. If the ticket remains unpaid, further penalties such as late fees or even license suspension may be applied. Please visit the FAQ section for more information about how to file a Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment.
51st District Court
5100 Civic Center Drive
Waterford, MI 48329