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 misdemeanors, parking violations, traffic violations and other civil infractions. Additionally, the Court has initial jurisdiction over 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 police departments and ordinance officers.
Civil Division: Processes cases involving money or damage claims and landlord/tenant disputes.
Criminal Division: Processes felony and misdemeanor cases that are prosecuted by county, city and township attorneys.
Probation Department: Monitors probationers, conducts probation violation hearings, completes pre-sentence investigations and alcohol/drug use assessments.