Recent News

June 25, 2021 - Return to Full Capacity
The court is now operating at full capacity.  Members of the public are no longer required to wear face-coverings or maintain social distance.

June 19, 2021 - Mid Michigan Virtual Expungement Clinic
Michigan Virtual Expungement Clinic that will assist up to 100 participants. The clinic will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, June 19 at 9 a.m. Participants will be paired into virtual meeting rooms with volunteer attorneys, working pro bono, to review the participant’s ICHAT records and explain the expungement process. Register here.
Suspension of Jury Trials - Extended 
Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the suspension of jury trials has been extended to June 7, 2021

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the suspension of jury trials has been extended to May 17, 2021

January 25, 2021 - Suspension of Jury Trials - Extended (4/1/2021)
Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the suspension of jury trials has been extended to April 1, 2021.

November 20, 2020 - Suspension of Jury Trials - Extended (2/1/2021)

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the suspension of jury trials has been extended to February 1, 2021.

October 23, 2020 - Suspension of Jury Trials - Extended (11/30/2020)
Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the suspension of jury trials has been extended to November 30, 2020. 

October 1, 2020 - Suspension of Jury Trials to 11/2/2020
Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the court has suspended jury trials until November 2, 2020. 

July 1, 2020 - MI-Resolve Goes Live

MI-Resolve platfom goes live.  MI-Resolve is an online platform for resolving disputes typically filed by self-represented litigants in district courts.  The platform makes current mediation services through Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan (RSCCM) available in an online format. The system is configured to help parties resolve small claims, L/T, neighborhood, and general civil matters.

Through MI-Resolve, parties can go online to negotiate directly with the other party, or have a mediator affiliated with RSCCM help them resolve their dispute.  The  service is free, involving no cost to the parties or court.   The system was developed to replicate mediation that occurs when parties meet together, only with MI-Resolve it takes place entirely online

April 7, 2020 - Judge Richard L. Hillman

Governor Gretchen Witmer appoints Richard L. Hillman to the bench to fill the vacancy created when Judge Thomas P. Boyd accepted the position of State Court Administrator for the Michigan Supreme Court.

March 27, 2020 - Court Closed to the Public Extended

Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-05.  In light of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-21 that temporarily suspends activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life until at least April 13, 2020, at 11:59 pm, the Court directs that the expiration date of April 3, 2020, in Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1 and 2020-2 is extended until April 14, 2020, or as provided by further order of the Court.

March 17, 2020 - Court Closed to Public - Public Health Emergency

Local Administrative Order 2020-06 was approved by the Michigan Supreme Court authorizing the court to close to the public from March 17 thru April 3rd.

February 24, 2020 - Judge Boyd named State Court Administrator.

October 24, 2019 - Building Bridges Initiative

Ingham County and the 55th District Court are partners in the national Building Bridges initative.  The goal of the initiative is to reduce overdose deaths and recidivism by establishing effective, comprehensive in-custody treatment and maintaining continuity of services from jail to community-based supervision.  

The court and Ingham County partners hope to improve screening and assessment to identify individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) in the jail to expand treatment and education. The  court and partners will also work to develop a plan to implement/expand medicated-assisted treatment (MAT) across the continuum of jail, public health resources, and community-based treatment providers.

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October 22, 2019 -   Project Access: Expungement Clinic

The 55th District Court participatedin the Project Access expungement clinic held at the Michigan Supreme Court - Hall of Justice on October 22, 2019.   The clinic is made possible by a grant given by the Michigan State Bar Foundation to Detroit Mercy Law School.   Indivividuals with criminal convictions who appeared at the clinic were assisted by law students from Detroit Mercy School of law, court personnel and others.  The individual's criminal record was reviewed and a determination was made  regarding eligibility to have the conviction set aside.  If the individual was eligible to have the conviction set aside,  they were provided information regarding filing the paperwork and the next steps in the process. 

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).