Mason County Michigan

79th District Court

79th District Court

Hon. Peter J. Wadel

Patricia A. Baker, Magistrate

Phone: 231-843-4130

304 E. Ludington Avenue

Ludington, MI 49431

District Court

The district court is often called the people's court.  More people have contact with the district court than any other court.  The district court handles most traffic violations, all civil cases with claims up to $25,000, landlord-tenant matters, most traffic tickets, and all misdemeanor criminal cases (generally, cases where the accused, if found guilty, cannot be sentenced to more than one year in jail).  In addition, small claims cases are heard by a division of the district court.  District court judges are elected for six-year terms.

All inquiries regarding citations, misdemeanor criminal matters, small claims, landlord tenant, and general civil can be directed to the magistrate's e-mail box at:

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