The court has two judges, three part-time magistrates and a full support staff to provide quality judicial services to southeast Michigan residents within their jurisdiction. It is comprised of four divisions: Civil, Criminal, Traffic, and Probation.
The current judges of the 52nd District Court, 2nd Division are the Honorable Joseph G. Fabrizio and the Honorable Kelley Kostin.
52-2 is separated into 4 primary divisions including:
- Traffic Division deals with citations written by police departments.
- Civil Division handles cases that involve money or damage claims, and landlord/tenant disputes.
- Criminal Division processes paperwork from police departments, state law and ordinance prosecutors. Cases involve misdemeanor offenses, both traffic and non-traffic.
- Probation Department conducts Pre-sentence Investigations, Substance Abuse Evaluations, Probation Supervision, and Probation Violation Hearings.
The District Court, which was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1968 pursuant to constitutional mandate, has more citizen contact than any other court in our judicial system.
The District Court has exclusive jurisdiction of civil matters involving claims not exceeding $25,000 in the following areas:
- Landlord/tenant eviction proceedings
- Land contract forfeitures
- Garnishments and executions, and other related proceedings
District Court also hears cases assigned by the Circuit Court on civil matters where claims exceed $25,000.
The District Court has the exclusive jurisdiction over all criminal matters where the maximum penalty does not exceed one year in jail. It also conducts preliminary examinations in all felony cases where penalty exceeds one year confinement. The preliminary exam is conducted to determine whether or not the prosecution has sufficient evidence to show the probability the defendant committed the crime charged. If the District Judge decides there is probable cause, the matter is sent to Circuit Court for trial.
The District Court also has the responsibility for all traffic violations involving civil infractions and misdemeanors such as speeding, reckless driving and operating while intoxicated.
The 2nd Division of the 52nd District Court, located in Clarkston, serves the following communities: