The 48th District Court serves the cities of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake and the Townships of Bloomfield and West Bloomfield. The Court has jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanors, parking violations, traffic violations and other civil infractions. Additionally, the Court has initial jurisdiction for felony cases for the purpose of determining probable cause. Civil cases, in which the amount of dispute is $25,000.00 or less, landlord-tenant disputes and small claims matters are also heard in this Court.
48th District Court Judges are elected to serve the seven communities in the Court's jurisdiction.
Traffic Division: Processes traffic citations written by the police departments.
Civil Division: Processes cases involving money or damage claims and landlord/tenant disputes.
Criminal Division: Processes criminal cases prosecuted by state law, ordinance prosecutors and cases for felony and misdemeanor offenses.
Probation Department: Monitors probationers, conduct pre-sentence investigations, assessments and probation violation hearings.