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FAQ

NOTICE: The Court will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, November 27 and 28, 2014, for the Thanksgiving holiday. See the Court Closings page a complete list of court closings in 2014.

What is the 54-A District Court's Jurisdiction?
Where is the Court Located?
What are the Court Hours of Operation?
Who Do I Make Checks Payable To?
What Methods of Payment Does the Court Accept?
How Can I Get Excused From Jury Duty?
When Will My Bond be Refunded?
How Do I Get a Court Appointed Attorney?
For What Languages Are Interpreters Available?


What is the 54-A District Court's Jurisdiction?
The 54-A District Court has jurisdiction over those matters which occur within the geographic boundaries of the City of Lansing, MI.  Offenses that occur west of Waverly Road and NOT in the City of Lansing are processed through the 56th District Court.  The number to the 56th District Court is (517) 543-7500.


Where is the Court Located?
The 54-A District Court is located in Lansing Michigan at 124 W. Michigan Ave. on the 6th floor inside City Hall across from the State Capitol.


What are the Court Hours of Operation?
The Court is open to the public from 8am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.


Who Do I Make Checks Payable To?
All personal checks, money orders and cashier checks should be made payable to 54-A District Court.


What Methods of Payment Does the Court Accept?
The court accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash, personal and business checks.


How Can I Be Excused From Jury Duty?
Requests to be excused or postponed from jury service must be made before the week you are scheduled to serve. Mail your request to Jury Clerk, 54A District Court, 124 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933, or call the Jury Clerk at 517-483-4443 not later than the Friday before your jury duty is to start. (*On-line requests will soon be available.)

You must have a good reason to be postponed, and will be rescheduled for a later term unless you have grounds to be permanently excused. A request for medical reasons will require a doctor's statement. If you are summoned for jury duty and do not report as required, you will be subject to penalties for contempt of court.


When Will My Bond be Refunded?
All bond refunds are processed within 7-10 business days from the date the refund is ordered by the Court. The depositor must indicate if he/she would like to have the check mailed or pick the check up in person at the Court. To learn of the statusof your bond refund check call (517) 483-4446.


How Do I Get a Court Appointed Attorney?
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor you have the right to have an attorney. You may hire an attorney at your own expense, or if you are unable to afford an attorney the court may appoint one on your behalf if:

  • The court determines that it might sentence you to jail.

The court may deny an application for a court appointed attorney if:

  • Jail time is not likely.
  • A person is determined to be not indigent (can afford to hire their own attorney).
  • The violation is a traffic or municipal civil infraction.

If you want to apply for a court appointed attorney you must fill out an application with a court officer at the court. Court appointed attorney requests should be made at arraignment proceedings. If a person is in custody the court officer for the arraigning judge will complete the application at the city jail with the defendant following arraignment. Persons not in custody should apply at arraignment but may see the court officer of the judge assigned their case prior to pretrial to complete an application if it was not requested initially. To request a court appointed attorney after arraignment check in at the 6th floor traffic counter and they will refer requests to the appropriate judicial office.

To request a court appointed attorney a defendant must complete the court appointed attorney form with the assigned judge's law clerk. Financial status is reviewed to determine economic eligibility. Also, a court appointed attorney can be granted only for those offenses in which jail time can be imposed.


For What Languages Are Interpreters Available?
The 54-A District Court attempts to provide interpreters for every language. For more information on interpreters call (517) 483-4443.

Contact
54A-District Court
6th Floor City Hall
124 W Michigan Ave
Lansing ,MI 48933
(517) 483-4433

HOURS
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.