Recent News

August 2, 2019 - Court Assessment Supervision Tool (CAST)

The 55th District Court began utilizing the Court Assessment Supervision Tool (CAST) on August 1, 2019.  The CAST was developed by Sean Corbin at Cognitive Consultants in cooperation with the 55th.  Our goal is to conduct a brief screening of defendants’ risk level before determining how sentencing (and any presentencing activity) will proceed.  

The CAST will be administered to each defendant immediately after adjudication.  The CAST has 33 “yes or no” questions which will be read to the defendant by court staff.  The defendant will be returned to the courtroom for a sentencing date and instructions concerning any required presentence activity (e.g., substance abuse assessment, presentence investigation, etc.). 

June 18, 2018 - 50th Anniversary Celebration

Current and former judges of the 55th District Court pose for a group picture during the celebration commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the district court system in the State of Michigan, which was held at the court on June 18th


Judges left to right: Honorable Robert Holmes Bell (1973-1978), Honorable Thomas E. Brennan (1981-2004), Honorable Pamela J. McCabe (1988-2005), 
Honorable Rosemarie E. Aquilina (2005-2008), Honorable Thomas P. Boyd (2005 - current), and Honorable Donald Allen, Jr. (2009- current) 


May 13, 2018 - Telephone Scam 

The Ingham County Sheriff's Office (ICSO) has received several complaints in the last day where the caller claims to be a Lieutenant or a Captain from the Sheriff's Office. The caller is claiming either a violation of the law or the arrest of a loved one. In both cases the caller is requesting money to solve the issue. In several instances people have lost several thousand dollars to this scam.

The ICSO will NEVER call demanding money in any form of payment. If this happens to you, hang up the phone immediately without confirming any information and contact the agency in which they claim to be calling from to verify what you have been told. Always use a directory for the agency's phone number if you don't know it, not the number the caller may provide you.

You can confirm a warrant issued out of the 55th District Court by reviewing the court's warrant list that is published online.


April 24, 2018 - Driver Responsibility Fees

Do you owe Driver Responsibility Fees to the State of Michigan?

The Michigan District Judges Association is pleased to announce that your Driver Responsibility Fees will end on September 30, 2018. You can restore your license by:

1) Setting up a payment plan now and making payments until September 30, 2018, or
2) Setting up a Community Service Work alternative with the Department of Treasury, or
3) Waiting until October 1, 2018 and applying for reinstatement. You will not have to pay the $125 reinstatement fee if you apply before December 31, 2018.  You will have to clear any other suspensions on your driver's license.  

You can call the Department of Treasury at 1-800-950-6227 (Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. till noon).