43rd District Court
Honorable Keith Hunt - District Court Judge
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. Statement of Services: The 43rd District Court Madison Heights Division was established by the State of Michigan to render judicial decisions for the citizens of the City. The State is divided into judicial districts, each of which is an administrative unit subject to the control of the Supreme Court of the State of Michigan. The 43rd District Court and Probation offices are located in the Judicial Services Center on the grounds of City Center Commons.
Jurisdiction of the District Court includes all felonies; misdemeanors; civil infractions; and civil and small claim cases. The District Court employees are supervised by the District Court Judge who is an employee of the State of Michigan and elected by local voters.
The District Court is installed with equipment that is both desirable and necessary for a full service Court with an increasing caseload. Computers continue to improve staff efficiency while a metal detector has been installed to increase security.
The Judicial staff includes the District Court Judge and a full-time Court Adminstrator. There is also a part-time Magistrate who hears small claims cases, signs warrants, sets bonds, etc. The Court is subdivided into five divisions including: Criminal Cases, Civil Cases, Small Claims, Probation, and Traffic Bureau.
The Criminal Division handles all felony and misdemeanor complaints filed by law enforcement agencies. The Civil Cases Division handles the jurisdiction of all civil litigation up to $25,000. The Small Claims Division hears civil cases filed which are below $3,000 and require no attorney.
The Probation Division is responsible for providing services to the Judge and probationary clients. The Probation Officer provides special reports and analysis to the judges for assistance on sentencing decisions. The Court’s Alternatives to Incarceration Program is one example of how the community may benefit from cost savings and community service work when this alternative is appropriate. The services provided to probationary clients include securing employment, school, or training and referrals to rehabilitation programs to assist those with drug, alcohol, or emotional problems.
The Traffic Bureau Division handles complaints filed by law enforcement agencies regarding traffic and City ordinances.