20TH DISTRICT COURT
25637 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125 313.277.7480
General Civil Division
**** EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2016 ****
Please be advised that the Michigan legislature recently passed Electronic Filing Legislation. The legislation requires District Courts to collect an “electronic filing system fee” in addition to the existing filing fees when commencing an action in the District Court, regardless of whether the action is filed electronically.
The increase in the filing fees are as follows:
- $10.00 for a new General Civil or Landlord Tenant Case (without money judgment)
- $20.00 for new Landlord Tenant (with money judgment)
- $5.00 for new Small Claims cases
The 20th District Court has jurisdiction in civil cases where the amount in dispute is less than $25,000. Generally an attorney will file the appropriate pleadings and remit a filing fee to begin the case. However, plaintiffs do have the right to represent themselves.
Once the case is filed and served, the defendant has 21 days to respond after being served. If the defendant does not respond with 21 days, the court may enter a default judgment on behalf of the plaintiff. When the defendant responds timely, a pre-trial date will be set before the judge. Blank Pre-trial Statement
If the matter proceeds to trial, both the plaintiff and defendant will be allowed to present evidence and call witnesses. A judge or a jury will make a determination in the case following the presentation of evidence and witness testimony. Either party may request a jury trial, there is a jury fee.