51st District Court

Hearings are now proceeding both in-person and via remote technology.  If you have questions as to what format a case is proceeding and how to attend, please contact the court.

Remote proceedings can be accessed via Zoom for the courtrooms below, by logging in with the meeting ID:

When entering the virtual courtroom, please remain silent.

Judge Richard D. Kuhn, Jr.: 319 889 8542

Judge Todd A. Fox: 759 690 0376

Magistrate Russell Anderson: 940 871 3672

Civil Infraction Conferences and Informal Hearings: 956 662 4126

2022 Holiday Schedule

Press Release: 51st District Court Continues to Work Towards Solving the Opioid Epidemic

ADA Requests for Accommodations 
This administrative order is issued in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as Michigan statutory law.  The purpose of this order is to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities have equal and full access to the justice system. Nothing in this order shall be construed to impose limitations or to invalidate the remedies, rights, and procedures accorded to any qualified individuals with disabilities under state or federal law. 
D51 LAO 2017-01 Requests for Accomodations by Persons With Disabilities
MC 70- Request for Reasonable Accommodations

MC 70a- Review of Request for Reasonable Accommodations

Court Divisions

The Court is separated into 4 primary departments including:

  • The Civil Department handles cases that involve money or damage claims, landlord/tenant disputes, and performs marriage ceremonies.
  • The Criminal Department processes misdemeanor and felony criminal law violations such as drunk driving, domestic violence, retail fraud, and assault.
  • The Probation Department is responsible for supervision of probationers, conducting pre-sentence investigations, alcohol assessments, and probation violation hearings.
  • The Traffic Department processes citations written by police departments and municipal civil infractions.

Caseload & Budget

The 51st District Court processes approximately 20,000 to 25,000 cases per year. Visit the Michigan State Court Administrator's website for more information on caseload. To learn about the Court's budget, please visit the Budget and Finance Information page.

Public Notice

Please read this Public Notice (PDF) related to fines, costs, and assessments.

51st District Court
5100 Civic Center Dr.
Waterford, MI 48329

Phone: 248-674-4655
Fax: 248-674-4476

Court Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Arraignment Times
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.