Civil Division

The 40th District Court Civil Division is composed of three distinct case types:

  • General Civil
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Small Claims

General Civil Cases:

  • Lawsuits involving $25,000 or less
  • Disputes between two or more parties
  • Everyone has the right to hire their own attorney
  • Everyone has the right to a jury trial (with the exception of small claims)
  • Everyone has the right to appeal, however small claims can only be appealed from Magistrate to a Judge; A Judge's ruling is final.
  • Corporations must be represented by an attorney

The Process of Starting A General Civil Suit:

  • Ensure proper party name and address
  • Prepare "Summons & Complaint" forms: MC01 & MC01a
  • Pay a filing fee (check, money order, cash)
  • Serve the defendant by certified mail or process server
  • Confirm the case is started in the correct District Court (defendant's city of residence or city in which the action took place)
  • 40th District Court serves the community of St. Clair Shores


Civil Court Fees

Per Michigan Court Rule 1.110: Fines, costs, and other financial obligations imposed by the court must be paid at the time of assessment, except when the court allows otherwise, for good cause shown.

Making Payments


Payments can be made at the 40th District Court building during regular business hours or by using a payment kiosk and drop box at the front entrance. The kiosk and drop box are open for use 24/7.


You can make an online payment to the court using ALLPAID

By Phone

The 24-hour telephone number is 866-211-0099, pay location code 6008.

More Information

  • Any checks returned for non-sufficient funds are subject to a service fee
  • General Civil, Small Claims, and Landlord/Tenant forms are universal and are available at most courts or online at the Michigan Supreme Court Website.
  • Landlord/Tenant information booklets are available through the Civil Division.

Small Claims Filing Fee, MCL 600.8420(1)

Filing Fee
Up to $600$30
$601 - $1,750$50
$1,751 - $6,000$70
 **Add certified mailing fee $16/individual or $9/company

General Civil Filing Fee, MCL 600.8371

Filing Fee
Up to $600$35
$601 - $1,750$55
$1,751 - $10,000$75
Over $10,000 < $25,000$160

Filing Fee Other Than Money Judgment, MCL 600.8371(8)

Other than money damages / Claim & Deliver
$85 (add value of claim)