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77th District Court

District Court Judge -- Hon. Susan H. Grant
Administrator/Magistrate -- Steve DeLaney

Hon. Susan H. Grant   Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Room 118
400 Elm Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307

(231) 592-0794 - Criminal/Traffic
(231) 592-0799 - Civil
Fax (231) 796-2180

Criminal Inquires:

Civil Inquires:

Citizens have more contact with District Court than any other court in the state. District Court has exclusive jurisdiction of all civil litigation up to $25,000.00 and handles garnishments, eviction proceedings, land contract and mortgage foreclosures and other proceedings. In the criminal field, the District Court handles all misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year, relevant proceedings including arraignment, setting and acceptance of bail, trial and sentencing. It also conducts preliminary examinations in felony cases.

The District Court includes a small claims division, for civil cases up to $5,000. In these cases, litigants agree to waive their right to a jury, rules of evidence, representation by a lawyer and the right to appeal from the District Judge’s decision. If either party objects, the case will be heard by the general civil division of the District Court.

By statute, District Judges have the authority to appoint Magistrates. Magistrates may set bail and accept bond in criminal matters, accept guilty pleas and sentence for traffic, motor carrier and snowmobile violations, dog, Department of Natural Resources and marine law violations. The Magistrate may also issue arrest and search warrants authorized by the prosecutor or municipal attorney. Attorney Magistrates may hear small claims cases. Magistrates may, at the direction of the Chief Judge, perform other duties allowed by statue.

District Judges are elected for six-year terms on nonpartisan ballots, under the same requirements as Circuit Judges.


The District Court of Mecosta County has jurisdiction over Small Claims (claims not exceeding $5,000.00), General Civil Complaints (not exceeding $25,000.00), Landlord-Tenant disputes and Land Contract forfeitures.

The District Court of Mecosta County provides an informational brochure regarding the Small Claims process and Landlord-Tenant process. A copy of this brochure may be obtained at the Mecosta County Courthouse, District Court/Civil Division 400 Elm St. Big Rapids, Michigan.


For further information contact the Civil Division Clerk at (231) 592-0796.

To access court forms:

To search for legal information or information on court processes: - Click on "One Court of Justice", then "Self-Help" on the right. Go to "General Info" on the left for General Civil Cases. Click on "Types of Court Cases" on the left for: Eviction (for Landlord Tenant matters), Land Contract Forfeiture or Small Claims


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