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                                Public Notice

10/27/20 - The Court has been moved back to Phase 2 of Re-opening by the State Court Administrative Office due to an increase in positive COVID tests locally. In this phase, in-person services are limited or unavailable, with few exceptions.  All court proceedings, probation interviews and other services involving the public will be conducted via phone, video conferencing, mail or other alternative means to the extent possible.   

Alternatives to In-person Services

For assistance, please contact the Traffic/Criminal Division 734.794.6750, option 1, or the Civil Division 734.794.6752, option 4, during normal business hours. 

Visit the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) website for the Judicial Branch's response to COVID-19 and for a complete list of Administrative Orders impacting court operations.

Case Evaluation Schedule - January 2021

  • Case evaluation dockets scheduled for January 5, 12 and 26 will be held via Zoom.
  • For future dates: Summaries and checks need to have the correct case number(s) marked upon them. Items can be submitted by drop box, mail or email.
    • Email address: D15ADR@a2gov.org.  One case summary per email.  In the subject line include the case number. Please note file size is limited to 25 MB per email.  If more than one email per case is necessary, include a note in the subject line, e.g. "email 1 of 2". 
  • Summaries received after 4:30 PM, whether in-person, by mail or email will be marked received on next business day.    
  • Any questions regarding this process should be emailed to the ADR Clerk at D15ADR@a2gov.org.

Civil Schedule for the week of January 11- 15, 2021

  • IF YOUR GENERAL CIVIL (PROVIDER) CASE HAS SETTLED PLEASE fax the clerk’s office at 734-794-6753.
  • All civil proceedings will continue to be conducted via Zoom video conferencing unless parties are notified otherwise by the Court.  
  • January 13 - Motions for Summary Disposition (MSD): In those cases in which the Court determines that oral argument is unneccessary pursuant to 2.119(E)(3), the Court will render a written Opinion & Order. All other cases wil be scheduled by the Court for oral argument via Zoom.
  • January 12 & 13 - Cases set for Status Conference where the damages are less than $5,000 will be scheduled for Final Pretrial and parties will receive a Final Pretrial Order by mail. Cases set for Status Conference where the damages are $5,000 or greater will be referred to Case Evaluation and parties will receive an Order for Case Evaluation by mail. 
  • January 13 - All cases set for Final Pretrial will be scheduled by the Court for Final Settlement Conference and Jury Trial. Parties will receive these dates by mail.
  • January 13 - Motions (other than MSD) will be held via Zoom. Parties will receive a Zoom invitation via email. Please note motions will be heard at 1:30 p.m.
  • January 13 - Cases set for Entry of Order will be dismissed by the Court if an order closing the case has not been received by this date.
  • January 15 - Final Settlement Conferences will be held via Zoom. Parties will receive a Zoom invitation via email. 
            • Livestream video is available on the Court's YouTube channel.
                                  • Stay updated by subscribing to the Court's Twitter Account, @15thAnn.

                                  Criminal Misdemeanor Schedule

                                  The Court has the ability to conduct hearings via Zoom technology.  If you would like to have a Zoom hearing, see the "Court Appearances via Zoom" section below for contact information. 

                                  State Pretrial Dockets

                                  Parties whose cases are assigned to Judge Hines may request a hearing via Zoom on: January 4 and January 19.     

                                  Parties whose cases are assigned to Judge Valvo may request a hearing via Zoom on: January 14 and January 29.

                                  City Pretrial dockets 

                                  Parties whose cases are assigned to Judge Valvo may request a hearing via Zoom on: January 4 and January 22.

                                  Parties whose cases are assigned to Judge Hines may request a hearing via Zoom on: January 11 and January 29.     

                                  Domestic Violence dockets

                                  Parties whose cases are assigned to Judge Hines may request a hearing via Zoom on: January 12 and January 27.

                                  Additional dates may be given for emergency hearings as needed.

                                  Landlord-Tenant Schedule beginning July 7, 2020

                                  Landlord-Tenant dockets are held every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Parties may request to participate via Zoom.

                                  Any questions regarding this process should be emailed to the Landlord-Tenant Clerk at D15LLT@a2gov.org.  Do not sumbit pleadings to this email address unless directed to do so by the Court. 

                                  Information for Landlords:

                                  Information for Tenants:

                                  Small Claims Mediation - January 2020

                                  Small claims cases will be scheduled for online mediation through the Washtenaw County Dispute Resolution Center (DRC).  Notices will be mailed along with the information sheet for the online platform, MI-Resolve (text format) or Zoom mediation, that the parties have been assigned to use. 

                                  DRC MI-Resolve Information Sheet

                                  DRC Zoom Mediation Information Sheet  

                                  Court Appearances via Zoom

                                  Parties who wish to participate in their hearings via Zoom should email the contact person for their assigned Judge at least 24 hours in advance during normal business hours in order to schedule a Zoom hearing.  Parties will receive an email from the Court containing a link to the Zoom hearing.

                                  Virtual Appearance Information Sheet 

                                  OfficeContact Person
                                  Judge BurkeLaura Hill


                                  Judge PerrySandy Dixon


                                  Judge ValvoShannon Henson


                                  Magistrate GarwoodClerk's Office

                                  734.794.6750, opt. 1, for Traffic/Criminal  or 734.794.6752, opt. 4, for Civil

                                  During the COVID-19 state of emergency, the 15th District Court is, where possible, conducting hearings remotely, using Zoom videoconferencing.  While limitations on public access to the courthouse are in effect, the Court will make hearings accessible to the public by livestreaming all Court hearings ultilizing YouTube, except those cases made non-public by law. You may access the Courts' proceedings by follwing these links:

                                  Magistrate Garwood

                                  Judge Burke

                                  Judge Valvo

                                  Judge Perry

                                  About the Court:

                                  The 15th Judicial District Court is located in downtown Ann Arbor in the Ann Arbor Justice Center. The court is presided over by three judges; the Honorable Joseph F. Burke, the Honorable Miriam A. Perry and the Honorable Karen Quinlan Valvo, as well as one appointed magistrate, the Honorable Tamara Garwood. Daily court operations are overseen by Court Administrator Shryl Samborn.

                                  The court is comprised of four divisions: Administration, Civil, Traffic/Criminal, and Probation. Administration is responsible for the administrative management of all non-judicial functions of the Court. The Civil Division maintains the court files for general civil, landlord-tenant, and small claims cases. The Traffic/Criminal Division maintains the records for all traffic and criminal misdemeanors, civil infractions, ordinance violations, and University of Michigan Regents violations. The Probation Department is responsible for pre-sentence investigations, alcohol assessments, supervision, counseling, and referrals to outside assessment and treatment programs for those who are placed on probation.

                                  The 15th Judicial District Court has jurisdiction over cases which include but are not limited to:

                                  • Civil Cases where the disputed amount is $25,000 or less
                                  • Small Claims cases where the disputed amount is $6,500 or less
                                  • Landlord/Tenant disputes
                                  • Criminal & Traffic Misdemeanors punishable by 1 year or less in jail
                                  • Arrest Warrant &Search Warrant Issuance
                                  • Ann Arbor City Ordinance Violations
                                  • Traffic & State Civil Infractions
                                  • University of Michigan Regents Ordinance Violations
                                  • Felony Probable Cause Conferences & Preliminary Exams 

                                  Notice to Visitors

                                  If you will be visiting the court, please note that all visitors to the Ann Arbor Justice Center must successfully pass through the security screening process to enter. All visitors and their belongings are subject to search by Court Security Officers. All visitors are required to pass through metal detectors. All purses, briefcases, or other containers are required to pass through an x-ray machine. The following items are prohibited: 

                                  • Weapons, e.g. cutting edge instruments such as pocket knives
                                  • Any other items that may be construed as weapons by Court Security Officers  
                                  • Food & Beverages 

                                  Please do not bring any prohibited items with you into the courthouse; leave them at home or in your vehicle.

                                  Requests for ADA Accommodations or Foreign Language Interpreters

                                  Please contact the court prior to your visit if you will need an ADA accommodation or a Foreign Language Interpreter. Request forms are located the court's Forms web page in the Miscellaneous section. Additional information can be found on the Local Administrative Orders web page. Questions should be directed to Court Administrator Shryl Samborn at 734.794.6757 or slsamborn@a2gov.org.      

                                  For information regarding disability resources, including parking, please visit the City of Ann Arbor Streets, Buildings, and Parking web page

                                  15th District Court
                                  Ann Arbor Justice Center
                                  301 E Huron St
                                  PO Box 8650
                                  Ann Arbor, MI 48107