Michigan Local District Court Rules

First Judicial District (Monroe)
Rule: 4.201  Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
(C) Summons.
The summons must comply with MCR 2.102, and shall command the defendant 
to appear in accord with MCL 600.5735(4), as follows:
(a) within 10 days after service of the summons upon the defendant, in 
proceedings under MCL 600.5726;
(b) within 5 days after service of the summons upon the defendant in all other 
proceedings.


 3-A Judicial District (Lenawee)
Rule: 4.201 Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
(C) Summons.
(1) The summons must comply with MCR 2.102, and shall command the 
defendant to appear in accord with MCL 600.5735(4), as follows:
(a) within 10 days after service of the summons upon the defendant, in 
proceedings under MCL 600.5726;
(b) within 5 days after service of the summons upon the defendant in all 
other proceedings.


3-B Judicial District (St. Joseph)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.


Twelfth Judicial District (Jackson)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.Local Court Rules – District Courts Last Updated 3/24/2011

Rule: 4.201  Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
(C) Summons.
The summons must comply with MCR 2.102, and shall command the defendant 
to appear in accord with MCL 600.5735 (4), as follows.
(a) within 10 days after service of the summons upon the defendant, in 
proceedings under MCL 600.5726;
(b) within 5 days after service of the summons upon the defendant in all other 
proceedings.


Eighteenth Judicial District (Wayne Westland)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.

Rule: 4.201 Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
(C) Summons.
(1) The summons must comply with MCR 2.102, and shall command the 
defendant to appear in accord with MCL 600.5735(4), as follows:
(a) within 10 days after service of the summons upon the defendant, in 
proceedings under MCL 600.5726;
(b) within 5 days after service of the summons upon the defendant in all 
other proceedings.


Twenty-Seventh Judicial District (Wayne Riverview)
Rule: 4.201  Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
(C) Summons.
(1) The summons must comply with MCR 2.102, and shall command the 
defendant to appear in accord with MCL 600.5735(4), as follows:
(a) within 10 days after service of the summons upon the defendant, in 
proceedings under MCL 600.5726;
(b) within 5 days after service of the summons upon the defendant in all 
other proceedings.


Thirty-Sixth Judicial District (Wayne Detroit)
Rule: 2.113  Form of Pleading and Other Papers
[Rescinded March 25, 1991, effective immediately.]Local Court Rules – District Courts Last Updated 3/24/2011

Rule: 2.119  Motion Practice for Motions in General Civil Cases
(A) Application. The provisions of this rule apply to motions filed in general civil 
cases in the 36th District Court. This rule does not apply to motions filed in small 
claims, real estate, traffic, or criminal cases. The judge's copy of motions and 
responses shall be filed with the clerk at the same time as the originals.
(B) Motion Praecipe Forms. A motion praecipe form provided by the clerk of the 
court must be attached to the judge's copy of all motions.
(C) No Oral Argument; Decision/Review Date; Notice. There is no oral argument on 
motions unless a request is made and is granted by the assigned judge. The 
moving party shall choose a decision/review date that shall be a Tuesday and shall 
constitute "the time set for hearing" under MCR 2.119(C) and MCR 2.116(B)(2) for 
purposes of providing adequate notice to the opposing party. The moving party 
must provide notice of the decision/review date to the opposing party or that 
party's attorney. The notice must advise that there will be no oral argument unless 
the assigned judge grants a request.
(D) Certification of Attempt to Obtain Concurrence. The attorney for the moving 
party or the moving party must certify on the praecipe form that the opposing party 
or that party's attorney has been contacted and asked to concur in the relief 
sought, and that concurrence has been denied or otherwise not obtained.
(E) Responses; Notation of Decision/Review Date. A response to a motion must be 
filed no later than 3 days before the decision/review date. That date must appear 
on the upper right corner of the first page of any pleading, brief, or other document 
relating to a pending motion.

Rule: 2.603  Default and Default Judgments
On order of the Court, Rule 2.603 of the Local Court Rules of the 36th Judicial 
District Court is rescinded, effective immediately.

Rule: 3.101  Garnishment After Judgment
(F) Service of Writ. The writ of garnishment and the disclosure form, and a copy of 
the writ for each principal defendant, must be served on the garnishee defendant in 
the manner provided for the service of a summons and complaint in MCR 2.105 
within 14 days after the writ was issued.

Rule: 4.201  Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
Local court rule 4.201 is rescinded, effective immediately.

Rule: 4.202 Summary Proceedings; Land Contract Forfeiture
Local court rule 4.202 is rescinded effective March 22, 2011.Local Court Rules – District Courts Last Updated 3/24/2011


Forty-Eight Judicial District (Oakland Bloomfield Hills)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents

54-A Judicial District (Ingham Lansing)
Rule: 2.402 Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.

54-B Judicial District (Ingham East Lansing)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.

Fifty-Fifth Judicial District (Ingham County)
Rule 4.201 Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
(C) Summons.
(1) The summons must comply with MCR 2.102, and shall command the defendant 
to appear in accord with MCL 600.5735(4) as follows:
(a) within 10 days after service of the summons upon the 
defendant, in proceedings under MCL 600.5726;
(b) within 5 days after service of the summons upon the defendant 
in all other proceedings.

56-1 Judicial District (Eaton)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.Local Court Rules – District Courts Last Updated 3/24/2011

Sixty-First Judicial District (Kent Grand Rapids)
Rule: 2.402  Use of Facsimile and Communication Equipment for the Filing 
and Transmission of Court Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.

62-A Judicial District (Kent Wyoming)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.

65-1 Judicial District (Clinton St. Johns)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.

Sixty-Eight Judicial District (Genesee Flint)
Rule: 2.503  Adjournment Policy
Requests must be made by motion or stipulation in writing or orally in open court 
based on good cause, except as specifically exempted below:
(1) Felony pretrial can be adjourned by the prosecutor who shall note the 
adjournment and new date on the Register of Actions.
(2) The clerk's office can grant adjournment of misdemeanor arraignments for a 
period not exceeding 1 week from the originally scheduled date. At the option 
of the defendant, the new date can be set for any day within the period at 8:30 
A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
(3) Alias dates (i.e., no service by date originally scheduled) can be given by 
the clerk's office, however, this cannot be done on the phone. All copies of the 
summons must be returned to the clerk's office so the new date and time can 
be noted on the stipulation. The person making the change must put his or her 
initials on the stip, and, at the bottom, put the date the change was made and 
the initials again.
(4) The scheduling office may adjourn initial misdemeanor pretrials as 
necessary, except that it must occur prior to the final pretrial. Final 
misdemeanor pretrials may not be adjourned except pursuant to MCR 2.503.
(5) The scheduling office may adjourn civil pretrials no more than two times 
upon receipt of written stipulation and order.
(6) The scheduling office may adjourn nonjury trials no more than one time 
upon receipt of written stipulation and order.Local Court Rules – District Courts Last Updated 3/24/2011
(7) Jury trials may not be adjourned except pursuant to MCR 2.503.
Seventy-Fourth Judicial District (Bay)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.

Eighty-First Judicial District (Alcona Arenac Iosco Oscoda)
Rule: 4.201 Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
(C) Summons.
(1) The summons must comply with MCR 2.102, and shall command the 
defendant to appear in accord with MCL 600.5735(4), as follows:
(a) within 10 days after service of the summons upon the defendant, in 
proceedings under MCL 600.5726;
(b) within 5 days after service of the summons upon the defendant in all 
other proceedings.

Eight-Second Judicial District (Ogemaw)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.

Rule: 4.201  Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
(C) Summons.
(1) The summons must comply with MCR 2.102, and shall command the 
defendant to appear in accord with MCL 600.5735(4), as follows:
(a) within 10 days after service of the summons upon the defendant, in 
proceedings under MCL 600.5726;
(b) within 5 days after service of the summons upon the defendant in all 
other proceedings.

Eighty-Ninth Judicial District (Cheboygan Presque Isle)
Rule: 2.402  Facsimile Transmission of Documents
Local court rule 2.402 is rescinded, effective January 1, 2004.Local Court Rules – District Courts Last Updated 3/24/2011

95-B Judicial District (Dickinson Iron)
Rule: 4.201  Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises
(C) Summons.
(1) The summons must comply with MCR 2.102, and shall command the 
defendant to appear in accord with MCL 600.5735(4), as follows:
(a) within 10 days after service of the summons upon the defendant, in 
proceedings under MCL 600.5726;
(b) within 5 days after service of the summons upon the defendant in all 
other proceedings.

Recorder's Court
Rule: 2.302  Discovery of Documents and Exhibits
(A) On a motion in open court at the arraignment on the information or by a 
subsequent proper motion, the trial court may order that the prosecution make 
copies of the following available to defense counsel:
(1) All statements known to the police and prosecutor by all endorsed 
witnesses;
(2) All statements by the defendant which have been recorded or written;
(3) The investigator's report and all preliminary complaint reports (PCR's) 
concerning the case;
(4) The defendant's arrest and conviction record;
(5) All scientific and laboratory reports;
(6) All corporeal and photographic lineup sheets.
(B) The trial court may also order that the prosecution permit defense counsel to 
view the following:
(1) All photographs, diagrams, or other visual evidence pertaining to the case 
that are in police custody;
(2) All physical or tangible evidence pertaining to the case that are in police 
custody.
(C) Additionally, the court may order that the prosecution permit defense counsel 
to view or receive copies of any and all other documents pertaining to the case that 
are in the possession or control of the police or prosecution. This shall be in effect 
whenever such documents or items may be material to the defense, regardless of 
whether they are intended for evidence at trial.Local Court Rules – District Courts Last Updated 3/24/2011

Rule: 2.401  Pretrial Conferences
(A) The pretrial stage begins after the arraignment on the information. The purpose 
of the pretrial conference is to review the legal issues, to advise the court of any 
motions, and to fix time limitations on such motions and filings. Guilty plea 
possibilities are to be discussed as well as other matters the court may determine 
to be necessary to expedite the orderly progression of the case. The pretrial stage 
consists of three phases:
(1) The calendar conference for setting the calendar of events;
(2) Motion and evidentiary hearings; and
(3) Final conference for terminating plea negotiations, certifying readiness for 
trial, and setting a firm trial date.
(B) Attendance is required. The presence of the defendant, defense counsel, and 
the prosecutor is required at each conference.

Rule: 2.503  Continuances and Adjournments
Adjournments, postponements, or continuances of any trial or other proceeding 
shall occur only on a written order of the chief judge or a designee.

Rule: 2.506  Witnesses and Subpoenas
(A) Filing of Witness Lists. The court clerk may assume responsibility for the service 
of subpoenas on witnesses for either party provided that either party, the 
prosecution, or defense, files in the clerk's office, no later than 28 days prior to the 
scheduled trial date, a complete list of the respective witnesses for whom 
subpoenas are sought, together with their addresses.
(B) Subpoenas, Preparation, and Service. When witness lists are filed in accordance 
with subrule (A), the court clerk shall direct the timely and proper preparation of 
subpoenas for each of the witnesses listed and shall be responsible for seeing that 
the proper officers of the Detroit Police Department receive the subpoenas timely 
with directions that they be promptly served and that a return of service for each 
subpoena is filed with the court before the trial date or the date of such other 
proceeding for which the attendance of the witness is required.
(C) Whenever the procedure for service of subpoenas which is outlined in this rule 
is not followed, and due diligence is not shown with respect to the service of 
subpoenas on any witness, no adjournment, postponement, or continuance will be 
granted because of the failure of the witness to appear.

Rule: 2.511  Jurors; Jury Service
(A) Supervision of Jurors. The chief judge shall supervise persons summoned for 
jury duty in Recorder's Court and shall exercise the other responsibilities required 
by law or court rules pertaining to jury service. The trial judge, however, shall 
supervise jurors summoned before him or her for voir dire and the entire jury 
selection process, and shall supervise those jurors selected to sit on a case until 
they are discharged by the trial judge.

Local Court Rules – District Courts Last Updated 3/24/2011
(B) Term of Juror Services. Persons summoned for jury duty shall serve one day, or 
the duration of any trial for which they are jurors.
(C) Communication Between Jurors, Attorneys, and Court Personnel. Deputy clerks, 
prosecuting or defense attorneys, police officers, or other officials or employees on 
duty in the Recorder's Court building who must perform any duty, directly or 
indirectly, with or for any jurors or panel of jurors, shall not converse with them at 
any time or place during their period of service. Only necessary social civility or the 
transaction of necessary court business are excepted from this rule.

Rule: 6.101  Pretrial Proceedings; Arraignment on the Information
(A) Immediately after a defendant is bound over for trial, the defendant, the 
defense counsel, and the prosecuting attorney shall be notified of the date and time 
of arraignment on the information.
(B) When a defendant is confined in jail, he or she shall be arraigned on the
information before the chief judge or a designee on the seventh calendar day after 
the magistrate signs the return; when a defendant is free on bail or recognizance, 
he or she shall be arraigned on the fourteenth calendar day after the magistrate 
signs the return. Court holidays shall not be counted in computing time.
(C) At the arraignment on the information, the chief judge, or a designee, may 
accept a plea of guilty and may consider an application for youthful trainee or 
diversionary status.