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The 33rd District Court is a MiFILE court. All attorneys submitting CIVIL filings with our Court must e-file as required by Michigan Court Rule 1.109(G)(3)(f).

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For questions: (734)671-0201 (8:15 am – 4:15 pm) or Email Us

Court Proceedings

Many court proceedings are now held in person. The Notice to Appear will indicate if the proceeding is via Zoom. If you do not know if your proceeding is in person or via Zoom, please contact the Court. The Court is open to the public for payments, filings, and other Court business. Payments can also be made online, by telephone, by mail, or through the Court’s drop box (located at the front door of the building). The public can access the court proceedings by watching the livestream on YouTube. Hover over the “Media” tab above to access the Court’s YouTube channels.


The 33rd District Court serves Brownstown, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Rockwood, Trenton, and Woodhaven.

General Civil: Lawsuits seeking damages up to $25,000.
Landlord-Tenant: Disputes between a landlord and tenant(s).
Small Claims: Money disputes up to $7,000.
Criminal and Traffic: Criminal felony offenses from arraignment through preliminary examination and misdemeanor offenses. Traffic misdemeanor citations/tickets including statute and ordinance violations and civil infractions.

Security screening is in progress at the 33rd District Court every day. Individuals and their belongings (purses, bags, briefcases, etc…) entering the 33rd District Court are subject to search. For a list of items that are not allowed in the courthouse, please visit the Information page.


A portrait of Honorable Michael K. McNally

Judge Michael K. McNally was elected to the 33rd District Court bench in 1994, and assumed his duties in January, 1995. He was re-elected in 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018.

Judge McNally was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as Chief Judge of the Court from 1998-2001, 2006-2009, 2012-2013, and 2018-2019. He has been reappointed for the years 2020 – 2021. More about Judge McNally…

A portrait of Honorable Jennifer Coleman Hesson

Judge Jennifer Coleman Hesson was elected to serve on the 33rd District Court bench in November, 2010, taking office on January 1, 2011. One year later, she was appointed Chief Judge Pro Tem and received the appointment, from the Supreme Court, to serve as Chief Judge of the 33rd District Court, beginning January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017 and again beginning January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023. Before taking the bench, she was a courtroom attorney for nearly 15 years.  More about Judge Hesson…