46th District Court

Did You Know?

  • The City of Southfield was the first city in the State of Michigan to hold a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk Celebration in commemoration of the first national holiday observance in 1986.

  • The City of Southfield has more than 700 acres of park land as well as two public nine-hole golf courses. 

  • Southfield Flower Day was developed by the Mayor and City Council to promote curb appeal and beautification efforts throughout the City of Southfield.

  • There are 32 miles of rivers and streams in Southfield, and the City hosted the 1st annual Rouge River Cleanup over 35 years ago.
46th District Court 46th District Court
26000 Evergreen Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076
(248) 796-5800

The Court is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m except for holidays. The Clerk Counter and Cashier are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for holidays. 

The 46th District Court encompasses Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Franklin Village, Bingham Farms, and Southfield Township. The 46th District is served by three elected judges and two appointed magistrates, with daily operations directed by Magistrate/Court Administrator Cynthia Arvant (telephone: (248) 796-5800), who is appointed by the judges.

The 46th District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over:

  • all civil litigation up to $25,000.00
  • all criminal misdemeanors (where punishment does not exceed one year)
  • the arraignment, setting, and acceptance of bail and conducting of preliminary examinations in felony cases (where punishment exceeds one year imprisonment)
  • all traffic and parking violations
  • small claims disputes in which the claim does not exceed $5,000.00
  • all landlord-tenant disputes and land contract forfeitures

Information for people needing assistance


The 46th District Court's intent is to operate its programs and services so they, when viewed in their entirety, are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with a disability. To ensure equally-effective communication, the Court will provide auxiliary aids and services, such as sign-language interpreters, upon request. Reasonable advance notice is required. Please contact the Court Administrator's office at (248) 796-5800 (voice) or (248) 354-3329 (TDD) to make requests for these services.

Individuals with special needs who may require assistance in utilizing this process or service should also contact the Court Administrator's office.