The operations of the 65A District Court are constitutionally and statutorily mandated. Citizens have more contact with District Court than any other court in the state. Criminally, District Court handles all adult misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year and relevant proceedings including arraignment, setting bond, trial and sentencing. It also conducts preliminary examinations in felony cases.
District Court also has exclusive jurisdiction of all civil litigation up to $25,000 and handles garnishments, eviction proceedings, land contract and mortgage foreclosures and small claims cases. The District Court also adjudicates all vehicle code and statute/ordinance violations.