17th District Court
17th District Court Mission Statement
The 17th District Court is committed to ensuring a judicial system that is both understandable and accessible to the public we serve. We pledge equality and fairness to all. In order to achieve our mission we shall utilize all available resources and technology. We will combine the dedication, cooperation, and integrity of our Staff with the leadership of our Judges and Administrators to provide quality service in all facets of our Court System.
- History of the 17th District Court
- Biography of the Honorable Karen Khalil
- Biography of the Honorable Krista Haroutunian
Administration & Organization
The ADA and Language Access Coordinator for the Seventeenth District Court is Matthew Sawicki.
- Court Administration: Responsible for personnel and fiscal management, juror coordination, maintenance of cash flow, and docket management.
- Criminal: Maintains criminal record-keeping systems and the processing and scheduling of all misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses. View the Criminal Division page for more information.
- Traffic and Ordinance: Responsible for maintaining court records on all traffic, ordinance, and municipal civil infractions and the processing and scheduling of these cases. View the Traffic Division page for more information.
- Civil Division: Maintains records on the general civil page, landlord/tenant page, and small claims cases page and the scheduling and processing of these cases.
- Probation Department: Responsible for the supervision and counseling referral of defendants placed on probation. The Probation Department also performs drug testing, and breathalyzer testing, and conducts alcohol assessments and pre-sentence investigations. View the Probation Department page for more information.
- Please be advised: The Court will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2023, in observance of Presidents' Day. The Court will reopen on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 8:30 am. If you'd like to make a payment please visit our payment website at 17districtcourtpay.com.
- PLEASE BE ADVISED: On October 1, 2021, the Secretary of State canceled many suspensions as a result of new legislation. If you want to find out if your suspension has been canceled, you may obtain a copy of your Driving Record from the Secretary of State. Any fines and Costs that were issued by the 17th District Court and remain outstanding will not be waived by the court.
- If you are a landlord or tenant with questions about evictions, funding for back rent, or legal aid, please visit our Landlord-Tenant webpage by clicking here.
- If you are interested in setting aside a conviction, Court Staff is here to help you. Please appear In Person at the court to file your motion to set aside the conviction. If you'd like legal help to set aside your conviction view the Michigan.gov website.
- Do you have a traffic ticket that you received in Redford that you'd like to Dispute? Please try our Online Dispute Resolution Tool by clicking here.
- Have you received a ticket from the Redford Building Department? If your ticket has been filed with the Court, you will need to resolve the matter through the 17th District Court. Please contact a clerk for more information.
- Would you like to make a payment for your court fees? Please visit 17districtcourtpay.com.
- Would you like to schedule your hearing by ZOOM? We can do that in certain cases. Call the court to ask a clerk how. (Does not apply for all hearings)
- Please also review your Advice of Rights prior to your court date here.
- Did you know that most of our online services can be accessed 24 hours using our Kiosk? Stop by the 17th District Court's vestibule to try it out.
- Turn in Policy: If a Bench Warrant has been issued for your arrest, you must turn yourself in at the court. A judge is available for turn-ins on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 am. If a judge is unavailable when you appear at the court, we will schedule your hearing for another day.
- Email Criminal Clerk
- Email Civil Clerk
- The Court is handling cases and taking in-person payments during normal business hours. Please contact a clerk for more information.
- If you have received a notification in the mail regarding a tax garnishment issued by the 17th District Court against you, your taxes may be garnished by the court for unpaid court fines and costs. The tax garnishment will remain in effect until your fines and costs are paid in full.
- Please note: If you've received a traffic citation, you must respond to the ticket within 14 days.
- The 17th District Court is not currently participating in an Amnesty Program. A flyer is currently circulating on the internet but it is Fake News.
- If you'd like to look up a 17th District Court record please visit the MiCourt website.
Are You Seeking Legal Assistance?
The Counsel and Advocacy Law Line (CALL) is a division of Lakeshore Legal Aid. CALL offers an attorney-staffed telephone hotline providing advice, brief service, and referrals to seniors and other low-income people.
Eligible clients receive immediate legal advice and brief services, and ineligible callers are offered a private bar and social service referrals. CALL attorneys regularly handle consumer, education, employment, health, and housing disputes; secure and protect public benefits; assist with driver's license restoration; and guide self-represented litigants through domestic, housing, and other civil actions. Call 888-783-8190 to find out if they can help you.
- What happens if I miss a Court Date?
You must appear for court on the date and time you are scheduled. Failure to appear will result in a bench warrant. If you have failed to appear for your court date, you may turn yourself into the court any Monday through Friday at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted in accordance with the court's Turn In Policy. Please bring any documentation with you that may explain your absence for a judge to review.
- Can I get a payment plan?
According to statute all fines and costs are due on the date of sentencing. If you require a payment plan, please be prepared to show any documentation related to your income and expenditures. The court has a limited number of payment plans available. If you'd like to see if you qualify for a payment plan, you may call the court to learn about your options at 313-387-2790.
- What is a bond and why must I post it?
A bond is posted as an assurance that you will appear in court. If you are required to post bond, your money will be returned to you or applied to your fines and costs at sentencing. If you fail to appear after posting bond, your bond will be forfeited. Only the judge has the authority to reinstate a forfeited bond.
- What if I have a complaint?
If you have a complaint about the outcome of your case, you have the right to appeal. However, there are time limits for when an appeal must be filed. Please consult an attorney regarding the process for filing an appeal.
If you have a complaint about the officer that arrested you or gave you a ticket, you may file your complaint at the Redford Township Police department.
If you have a complaint about any court staff, you may place your complaint in writing and mail it to the court or ask to speak with a supervisor.
- How can I make a payment after hours?
After-hours payments may be made online here, by using our 24 hr. kiosk located in the court's vestibule, or by placing payment in the court's dropbox located in the kiosk in the court's vestibule.
- What if I have a disability and need special assistance?
The court will make reasonable accommodations when possible for any individual needing special assistance. In order to receive assistance please contact the Court Administrator at 313-387-2794. For more information on the ADA in courts, please view the Michigan.gov website.
- What if I don't speak English?
If you are unable to speak English, the court will provide an interpreter for you. The court uses many different resources to communicate with those with Limited English Proficiency. For more information please contact the Court Administrator at 313-387-2794. You can also find more information on the Michigan.gov website.
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