20th District Court
20th District Court
25637 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125 313.277.7480
Mark J. Plawecki
District Court Chief Judge
David D. Turfe
District Court Judge
- Online by clicking the following link GovPayNOW using PLC 6715
- Dropping off to drop box (brown) located outside the building
- Postal Mail
*** Payments will not be taken in person at this time, please pay online, by mail or use the brown drop box located outside of the building ***
*** Civil filings will not be taken in person at this time, please send by mail or use the brown drop box located outside of the buidling ***
* Please visit https://michiganlegalhelp.org/ for legal help & court forms*
**(explanation letter/form) may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
** May email email@example.com for hearing request on civil infraction/parking tickets only
** May email firstname.lastname@example.org for general questions ONLY (no filings) for General Civil, Small Claims, or Landlord Tenant cases
**For Civil matters, a great resource visit: Michigan’s Community Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) centers, called “MI-Resolve can be accessed by visiting https://wcdrc.org/ for more information
Through MI-Resolve, parties can go online to negotiate directly with the other party, or have a CDRP center mediator help them resolve their dispute. If the dispute is resolved, the system produces the necessary court forms for filing in the individual courts. Importantly, the service is free, involving no cost to the parties or court.
Please visit https://wcdrc.org/ for more information.
**Warrants - please contact the court at (313) 277-7480
COVID-19: to help prevent the spread of the virus and orders from the Michigan Supreme Court, the 20th District Court will continue to operate with limited capacity. Hearings will be handled remotely to the maximum extent possible indefinately. Some hearings will scheduled that require in-person appearance, this will be done by appointment only - no walk-in hearings. Doors will be open 9am - 1pm for appointments only. Staff will be available 9am - 5pm.
We understand that this is unique and unprecedented situation and want to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our court employees and everyone who comes to the court. The goal is to lower the risk and protect coworkers, family, friends from the spread of the virus. Our goal is to keep our workforce & patrons healthy, and maintain essential operations over the coming weeks and months. That being said, please do not come to the court if:
- You are sick
- Have been exposed to someone who has been sick
- Have a compromised immune system
- Have traveled internationally within the last 14 days
Visitors will be screened by court security for COVID, your temperature will be taken, you will be asked a series of questions
ALL walk-in explanation hearings Monday, Wednesday & Friday have been postponed/suspended.
All Jury trials are postponed. Court will notify parties of new date.
Probation reporting will be done via telephone. In-person reporting will be postponed/suspended until further notice. Please contact the probation department for more information at (313) 277-7138.
If you have a scheduled presentence investigation or alcohol assessment, contact the probation department.
*** Those individuals who fail to appear without having contacted the court first, may be defaulted in civil cases, or have a bench warrant issued in criminal cases. Failure to answer a traffic/parking citation within 15 days will be defaulted *** Failure to appear for your remote hearing may be defaulted or have a warrant issued ***
* Essential parties for scheduled hearings will be admitted
The following individuals will not be given access to the building as they will be considered non-essential parties:
* Any individual accompanying an individual with a scheduled court date
* Children (Unless the child is a party to a court case)
* Individuals with general questions - May call (313) 277-7480 for questions
* Individuals wishing to make a payment - payments made be made online at
www.govpaynow.com (see link on top of page) or by mail, or by using the brown drop box located outside the building
* Admitting with an explanation - may submit a letter of explanation via email at email@example.com
or by mail within 15 days. (see top of page for link)
* Requesting an informal/formal hearing - you may email your request via firstname.lastname@example.org or send request via postal mail within 15 days.
** Staff is available to process online payments and check email correspondence and perform essential functions. We encourage users to make payments online, request court dates, submit letters of explanations via email or postal mail. **
Please contact the court if you have any questions at (313) 277-7480
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
**** ARRAIGNMENTS Monday - Friday at 9:00 am ****(Court Holidays)
LOCATION25637 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
Southeast corner of Michigan Ave & Beech Daly