Courts 64B District Court


Court Complexdcbench
617 N. State St.
Stanton, MI 48888
Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Criminal/Traffic Division (989) 831-7450
Civil/Small Claims Division (989) 831-7452
Probation Department (989) 831-7464
Fax  (989) 831-7453


Honorable Adam J. Eggleston, District Court Judge
Shannan M. Kane, Attorney Magistrate/Court Administrator
Brandon Olejnik, Magistrate/Deputy Court Administrator/Chief Probation Officer

Zoom Information:
Judge Eggleston Zoom/Meeting ID#: 722 946 0898
Magistrate Kane Zoom/Meeting ID#: 690 147 2398 

64B District Court Daily Court Calendar

The District Court is supervised by the Honorable Adam J. Eggleston, who was elected to a six-year term beginning January, 2021. 

The 64B District Court is a part of the state district court system, created in the late 1960s to replace justice of the peace courts. District courts are courts of limited jurisdiction, meaning they are entitled to decide only those types of cases as authorized by the state legislature. Over the years, the legislature has expanded categories of matters heard in district court, with the result that now a variety of proceedings are conducted. In terms of number of cases decided, district courts are the highest volume courts in the state. 

In criminal matters, with some exceptions, the 64B District Court is limited to hearing cases involving offenses alleged to have been committed within Montcalm County. Virtually all criminal cases against people age 17 and older begin in the district court. Search and arrest warrants are issued and preliminary hearings are conducted at the district court level. Misdemeanors (cases punishable by one year or less) are tried in the district court in front of a jury, unless the parties request a bench trial by the judge. Felonies (offenses punishable by over one year) are transferred to the circuit court for trial after preliminary hearings.

The district court tries civil cases where the amount in controversy is $25,000 or less. These cases are decided by the judge unless one of the parties requests a jury. In civil cases, also with some exceptions, the court is limited to cases having some connection to Montcalm County, either because of the location of one or more of the parties or because the events giving rise to the case happened in Montcalm County.

The district court also has a small claims division in which people seeking to recover $6,500 or less may represent themselves. There is no right to a jury trial, to appeal the decision in the case (except from a magistrate decision to the judge), or to be represented by an attorney.

Summary proceedings include civil lawsuits between landlords and tenants involving rental agreements, usually involving allegations of nonpayment of rent or complaints about the condition of the leased property. These matters are handled in district court. Also, the district court has jurisdiction in land contract forfeiture proceedings without regard to the amount in controversy. Land contract forfeiture proceedings are also civil cases, typically lawsuits where the sellers of real estate on contract institute lawsuits to recover the property for nonpayment of the contract price.

Civil infractions include traffic tickets and other matters designated as civil infractions. The district court handles more civil infractions than any other type of case. Contested traffic ticket cases are ordinarily heard by a district court magistrate. If a person disputes the findings of the magistrate, he or she can request an additional hearing on the ticket before the judge.

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