Civil Department

The Civil Department handles Small Claims cases, Landlord/Tenant cases and General Civil cases.  We are located on the 5th floor of Lansing City Hall.

Additional information on the types of cases handled in district court, and assistance with handling your case, may be available online from the Michigan Legal Help Program.


Court clerks are available to provide assistance and procedural information regarding civil cases. However, court clerks are prohibited from giving legal advice.  

If you have questions regarding where a property is located, you may contact a city assessor.  Court staff cannot provide this information.

Community Resources

There are agencies that may be able to provide housing or other financial assistance.  Click here for a list.

​Zoom Meeting ID's

  • Judge Louise Alderson:  Meeting ID# 318-569-6632
  • Judge Stacia Buchanan:  Meeting ID# 862-675-5554
  • Judge Kristen D. Simmons:  Meeting ID# 876-493-1931
  • Judge Cynthia M. Ward:  Meeting ID# 934-285-9288
  • Magistrate Laura Millmore:  Meeting ID# 216-101-7816

Here is a listing of Court Officers who are authorized to serve documents for Civil Actions.

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