56-B District Court


Contact the Court

Barry County Courts & Law Building
202 W Court St, Ste 202
Hastings MI 49058

Main: (269) 945-1404
Fax: (269) 948-3314

Civil Division
Small Claims Court
Tickets and Citations

In addition to its jurisdiction to try adult criminal offenses punishable by up to one year’s imprisonment, the District Court is the court in which all other adult criminal proceedings begin, regardless of the nature of the offense.

In carrying out this function, the District Court has jurisdiction to issue arrest and search warrants, set bail and accept bond, conduct misdemeanor and felony arraignments, preside over preliminary examinations for felony and misdemeanor offenses outside its trial jurisdiction and perform civil marriage ceremonies.

Meet Judge Schipper

Information about any Fine, Cost, or Assessment Imposed

Pursuant to Michigan Law (MCL 769.1k (1), Michigan Courts must provide information about any fine, cost, or assessment that the Judge may impose at sentencing.  This applies to defendants that enter a plea of guilty, nolo contendere, or if the court determines after a hearing or trial that the defendant is guilty.  The Judge may impose the following:

  • Minimum state cost pursuant to Michigan Law (MCL 769.1j) and is assessed per count.
    • $50 for Misdemeanors
    • $68 for Felonies
  • Crime victim’s rights assessment pursuant to Michigan Law (MCL 780.905) and is assessed per case.
    • $75 for Misdemeanors
    • $130 for Felonies
  • Any fine or cost as reflected in the underlying state of the offense
  • Expenses of providing a court-appointed attorney
  • Reimbursement pursuant to State Law (MCL 769.1f), which allows to reimburse the state or local unit of government for expenses incurred in relation to the crime, including but not limited to emergency response and costs of prosecution.
  • Any cost reasonable related to the actual costs incurred by the court. This includes salaries and benefits for relevant court personnel, goods and services necessary for the operation of the court, necessary expenses for the operation and maintenance of court buildings and facilities. Costs were determined by taking the average actual costs times the percent of workload for criminal divided by the average number of criminal cases disposed.

The District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over civil suits involving $25,000 or less, adult criminal misdemeanor offenses, civil infractions, traffic violations, landlord-tenant disputes, small claims and land contract forfeitures.