Duties and Responsibilities
District Court is the initial court for all criminal matters, all traffic, DNR, animal control, and any City of Beaverton or Gladwin matters, including civil infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies proceed to Circuit Court after arraignment and preliminary hearing. All other matters remain in District Court for trial or other resolution. Trials are either by a jury of 6 or non-jury, heard by the Judge. Cases may be resolved by plea, trial or dismissal.
For civil matters, the District Court handles summary proceedings (landlord-tenant matters, land contract forfeitures), civil suits in which the amount sought is $25,000 or less, and Small Claims matters (suits for up to $3,000, no attorney allowed for either party, heard by the Magistrate). Cases may be resolved by settlements, hearings/trials, or dismissals.
The Honorable Judge Joshua Farrell is the District Court judge for the 80th District, which covers Clare County and Gladwin County. The Gladwin County staff includes the Magistrate/Court Administrator, Michael J. Greer; the Assignment Clerk/Court Reporter, Linda Hawkins; and 4 Deputy Clerks. Judge Farrell was elected to the bench in 2008. The district includes all of Clare and Gladwin counties.
Pay by Credit Card
The 80th District Court is not allowed to directly accept payment via credit card. A private service is available, for a fee, to those who wish to pay with credit cards. Payment may be made via phone at: 1-888-604-7888 or on the internet at: www.GovPayNOW.com. When asked to provide a Payment Location Code use 5073. A notice of payment is faxed directly to the court specifying the time and date the payment was made. The service fee will also be charged to your credit card. Most major credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answers to many of the most frequent questions posed to our staff about Civil matters are available at: 80th District Court frequently asked questions.
Court Statistics - for Courts in Clare and Gladwin Counties:
Statistical Summary 2011.
Statistical Summary 2012.--not available