81st District Court 

The District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all civil litigation up to $25,000.00. It also handles garnishment and eviction proceedings. In the criminal area, the District Court has jurisdiction over all misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year, and arraignment and preliminary examination in felony cases. The District Court also sets and accepts bail on felony cases.

The District Court handles all traffic civil infractions, and all state and municipal nontraffic civil infractions if the defendant is 17 or older. The family division of the Circuit Court may enter into an agreement with the district or municipal court within the court’s geographic jurisdiction to waive jurisdiction over any or all state or municipal nontraffic civil infractions alleged to have been committed by juveniles. The agreement must specify for which civil infractions jurisdiction has been waived. For a civil infraction waived, the district or municipal court has jurisdiction over the juvenile in the same manner as if an adult had committed the civil infraction. 

General Court Hours

Monday thru Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Chief Judge Richard E. Vollbach, Jr. 

Administration & Staff

  • Cristy Slocum
    Trial Court Administrator
    120 N. Grove Street, PO Box 609
    Standish, Michigan 48658
    Phone No. 989- 846-6200
    Fax No. 989-846-6757

  • Kelly Meschke
    Magistrate/Civil Clerk
    120 N. Grove Street, PO Box 129
    Standish, Michigan 48658
    Phone No. 989-846-9538
    Fax No. 989-846-2008

  • Linda Byard
    Probation Officer
    120 N. Grove Street, PO Box 129
    Standish, Michigan 48658
    Phone No. 989- 846-9538
    Fax No. 989-846-2008
  • Dawn Freehling
    Criminal Clerk
    120 N. Grove Street, PO Box 129
    Standish, Michigan 48658
    Phone No. 989-846-9538
    Fax No. 989-846-2008

  • Rosanne Stawowy
    Deputy Magistrate/Traffic Clerk
    120 N. Grove Street, PO Box 129
    Standish, Michigan 48658
    Phone No. 989-846-9538
    Fax No. 989-846-2008