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7th District Court East


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 From I-94 take the Paw Paw Exit (exit 60). Turn north and proceed ½ mile. We are directly behind the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Dept. and jail on the right.

Van Buren County’s District Court, designated as the 7th District Court, has exclusive jurisdiction over the following types of cases:

* Adult criminal misdemeanor offenses punishable by up to one year imprisonment
* Civil infractions or traffic violations
* Civil suits involving $25,000 or less
* Landlord-tenant disputes such as eviction proceedings
* Land contract forfeitures
* Small Claims (civil suits involving $5000 or less)

In addition, the District Court is where all adult criminal proceedings begin regardless of the nature of the offense. To carry out these functions, 7th District Court is divided into four main divisions: Traffic, Criminal, Civil, and a Probation Department and has jurisdiction to:

* Issue arrest and search warrants
* Set bail and accept bond
* Preside over preliminary examinations for felonies
* Conduct misdemeanor and felony arraignments

A District Court Judge may appoint a full time Magistrate to assist in judicial duties. This may include conducting arraignments, accepting guilty pleas and sentence for traffic, dog, game, snowmobile, and marine law violations. The magistrate may set bail and accept bond in criminal matters, issue arrest and search warrants authorized by the prosecutor and perform other duties allowed by statute. The magistrate also performs marriage ceremonies and an attorney magistrate may hear small claim cases.

7th District Court is a weapons free court. Please do not bring any weapons to any court appearance or into the courthouse building. This applies even if you have a concealed weapons permit. You may be subject to a search for weapons.

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Seventh District Court East Division

Seventh District Court East Division

Courthouse Annex, 1st Floor

212 E. Paw Paw Street
Paw Paw , MI 49079

(269)657-8223 FAX

Hours M - F 8:30 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.

Judge Michael T. McKay 

Judge Michael T. McKay

Craig A. Hess, Administrator/Magistrate
Susan Klein, Secretary/Court Recorder
Laurie Powell, Adult Probation Officer
Maggie Edington, Probation Secretary
Lenore Orozco, Account Clerk
Shelly Sonnevil, Civil Clerk
Virginia Mattox , Civil Clerk
Susan Taylor, Deputy Clerk
Tabitha NealDeputy Clerk
Monica Marler,Deputy Clerk
Kathy McCloskey,P/T Deputy Clerk
Janie Soderlund, Deputy Clerk 

Probation Department:
Phone: (269)657-8247
Mon., Tues., Wed.
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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