Due to the State of Emergency and public
health concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Court is closed to the Public, except for essential services, until Monday, June 15, 2020. During the closure, hearings can be requested via Zoom (see information below).
Statement of the Chief Judges of Washtenaw County
Governor Whitmer's Executive Orders regarding Covid-19
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.
Washtenaw County COVID-19 information and updates
- Please Note – Pursuant to our Emergency LAO, a drop box is located in the Justice Center lobby for drop off of emergency filings. Cover letters on emergency matters must clearly state the reasons for the emergency request. Do not place non-emergency filings in the emergency drop box.
- Jury Selections have been cancelled through June 21, 2020. No jurors will be called in. All cases set for jury trial during the jury periods affected will be rescheduled by the Court for jury selection and trial at a later date. Notices will be mailed.
Case Evaluation Schedule for May and June 2020
- All case evaluation dockets scheduled for the month of May are cancelled. Case evaluation will not be rescheduled for cases affected. All future scheduled dates for these cases, such as final pretrial dates, will remain as scheduled.
- Case evaluation dockets scheduled for June 2 and June 9 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: The box is located in the Justice Center lobby. (Do not place non-case evaluation filings in the Case Evaluation drop box.)
- Mail: The USPS and other mail delivery services are still diligently working.
- Email: Summaries can be submitted via email to: 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 June 1 - 5, 2020
- The Justice center will remain closed. No in-person hearings.
- IF YOUR GENERAL CIVIL (PROVIDER) CASE HAS SETTLED PLEASE contact Ashley Jackson at email@example.com.
- June 3, 2020 – General Civil (Provider) Pretrial/Motion docket – All Status conferences will be referred for Case Evaluation and scheduled for Final Pretrial. You will receive dates by mail.
- Final Pretrial following unresolved Case Evaluation will be adjourned. You will receive dates by mail.
- Motions (Other than MSD) – Motions will be held via Zoom. Meeting invites are forthcoming. Please note motions will be heard at 1:30 p.m.
- June 5, 2020 - Final Settlement Conferences - Final Settlement Conferences will be held via Zoom. Meeting invites are forthcoming.
Criminal Misdemeanor Schedule
The court has the ability to conduct certain cases via Zoom technology. Please see the below list for case types available via Zoom. Hearings will be scheduled every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. through 1:40 p.m. 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: June 10 or June 24.
Parties whose cases are assigned to Judge Valvo may request a hearing via Zoom on: June 1 and June 15.
City Pretrial dockets
Parties whose cases are assigned to Judge Valvo may request a hearing via Zoom on: June 12.
Parties whose cases are assigned to Judge Hines may request a hearing via Zoom on: June 1 and June 15.
Domestic Violence dockets
Parties whose cases are assigned to Judge Hines may request a hearing via Zoom on: June 3 and June 17.
Additional dates may be given for emergency hearings as needed.
Landlord-Tenant Schedule beginning June 16, 2020
Judge Valvo's landlord-tenant docket will resume on June 16, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. All cases that were filed and for which the court has proofs of service prior to March 23 will be heard this date. Dockets will continue every Tuesday thereafter at 8:30 a.m. Parties may request to participate via Zoom.
Notice to Landlords: Filing New Landlord-Tenant Summary Proceedings Actions after March 27,2020
All landlords preparing to file new landlord-tenant cases are encouraged to review the federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act), Public Law No. 116-136, Section 4024. The Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Act Prohibits initiating notices to vacate and/or initiating legal actions to recover possession of certain properties which participate in federally covered housing programs until after July 25, 2020.
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
During the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Court is closed to the public. The 15th District Court is, where possible, conducting hearings remotely, using Zoom videoconferencing. While the building is closed to the public, 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:
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 Elizabeth Hines, the Honorable Joseph F. Burke 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 $6,000 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
For information regarding disability resources, including parking, please visit the
City of Ann Arbor Streets, Buildings, and Parking web page.