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What is the difference between Circuit Court and District Court?

State District Courts have jurisdiction over civil actions involving less than $25k and criminal misdemeanors, small claims, civil infractions, and ordinance violations. District Courts also usually hold criminal preliminary exams at which time the judges determine if probable cause exists to "bind over" the particular case to circuit court. District Court opinions can be appealed to the circuit court.

State circuit courts have jurisdiction over civil actions involving more than $25k and criminal felony actions. Circuit courts also have jurisdiction over family matters, as well as injunctive matters, such as temporary restraining orders and personal protection orders. Circuit court opinions can be appealed to the Michigan Courts of Appeals.

The following is a list of links to the state circuit and state District Courts in the Metro-Detroit area and the cities in which they are located:

OAKLAND COUNTY COURTS — 6TH CIRCUIT
Oakland County Circuit Court — Pontiac
43rd District Court — Hazel Park
43rd District Court — Ferndale
43rd District Court — Madison Heights
44th District Court — Royal Oak
45A District Court — Berkley
45B District Court — Oak Park
46th District Court — Southfield
47th District Court — Farmington Hills
48th District Court — Bloomfield Hills
50th District Court — Pontiac
51st District Court — Waterford Township
52-1 District Court — Novi
52-2 District Court — Clarkston
52-3 District Court — Rochester Hills
52-4 District Court — Troy

WAYNE COUNTY COURTS — 3RD CIRCUIT
Wayne County Circuit Court — Detroit (Please note: There are two separate Wayne County Circuit Court courthouses: Coleman A. Young Municipal Center and the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.)
16th District Court — Livonia
17th District Court — Redford
18th District Court — Westland
19th District Court — Dearborn
20th District Court — Dearborn Heights
21st District Court — Garden City
22nd District Court — Inkster
23rd District Court — Taylor
24th District Court — Allen Park
25th District Court — Lincoln Park
26th District Court — Ecorse
26th District Court — River Rouge
27th District Court — Wyandotte
28th District Court — Southgate
29th District Court — Wayne
30th District Court — Highland Park
31st District Court — Hamtramck
32A District Court — Harper Woods
33rd District Court — Woodhaven
34th District Court — Romulus
35th District Court — Plymouth
36th District Court — Detroit

MACOMB COUNTY COURTS — 16TH CIRCUIT
Macomb County Circuit Court — Mt. Clemens
37th District Court — Warren
38th District Court — Eastpointe
39A District Court — Roseville
39B District Court — Fraser
40th District Court — St. Clair Shores
41A District Court — Shelby Township
41B District Court — Clinton Township
42nd District Court, Division I — Romeo
42nd District Court, Division II — New Baltimore