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51st District Court

Public Satisfaction Survey 

Let us know how we are doing by anonymously completing our public satisfaction survey. Be sure to select Oakland County and 51st District Court so your feedback is linked to our court. Thank you!


The 51st District Court has two judges: Richard D. Kuhn, Jr. and Jodi Debbrecht Switalski and a full support staff including a Court Administrator, Deputy Court Administrator and four Department Supervisors.  Additionally, Magistrates assist the Judges on Wednesday afternoons with afterhours search warrant requests.

The Court is separated into four primary divisions including:
Traffic: processes citations written by police departments.
Civil: handles cases that involve money or damage claims and landlord/tenant disputes.
Criminal: processes misdemeanor and felony criminal law violations.
Probation: responsible for supervision of probationers, conducting pre-sentence investigations, alcohol assessments and probation violation hearings.

The 51st District Court processes approximately 20,000 to 25,000 cases per year.  Click here to visit the Michigan State Court Administrator's website for more information on Caseload.  Additionally, the Court's Budget may be viewed by clicking here.

Please view the Contact Information for the Court's operating hours, directions and phone numbers to specific departments within the Court.