Mason County Michigan

Coming to Court

Accessing Court Services in the Historic Mason County Courthouse

East Side of Mason County Courthouse off Delia StreetThe three-story Mason County Courthouse was built in 1893 and is situated on a smoke-free campus that occupies the 300 block on the south side of East Ludington Avenue, between Delia and Rowe, in the City of Ludington. We are very proud of our 125‑plus‑year‑old courthouse, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 for its notable architecture. The building is handicapped accessible, and we welcome you to visit it to conduct county or court business or just to stop by and take a look around.

A public parking lot that has two designated parking spaces on its east side reserved for handicapped accessibility is located directly south behind the building, with parallel parking adjacent to the lot on the one-way eastbound Loomis Street. On the east and west sides of the building, on-street perpendicular parking is permitted on the side of the street closest to the courthouse, with parallel parking on the opposite side of the street. Some days have a high volume of visitors, and parking is limited, so plan to arrive early to find a parking place and to allow ample time to pass through security as needed and then find where you need to go inside the courthouse.

Entrances to the courthouse are on the east and west sides of the building, at the basement level and also at the top of the outside steps leading to the main floor. The east basement entrance is equipped with an operable handicapped-accessible doorway and has a ramp, for easy access to the elevator, which is located on the left, off the ramp, closer to the east end of the hallway. Please note that the building’s three public restrooms are all located at the west end of the basement-level hallway.

Courtroom technology services are limited, including access to electrical outlets. If you have media to display or play, contact the court you are appearing in, well in advance of your hearing date, to review available accommodations and to make arrangements to use them or to allow yourself enough time to secure your own technology providers.

Location of Courtrooms and Court- or Law-Related Offices (east to west):

  • Basement Level (Floor B)
    • Friend of the Court (FOC) Referee Hearing Room
      Seating is limited due to its small size. It is disruptive to enter or exit while hearings are in progress. Check in at the FOC reception window when you arrive for instruction whether to enter at appointed time or to wait in hallway until called.
    • Indigent Defense Counsel Office
    • Friend of the Court Office and Reception Window
      The reception area is midway down the hall from either direction. Look for the sign in the window itself. If no receptionist is present, ring the doorbell (installed to your right when facing window) for service.
  • Main Level (Floor 1)
    • Probate Court Office and Reception Window - Room 106
      Accessible during office hours through the door to your immediate right when entering the east side of the building and using the outside steps leading to the main floor.
    • County Clerk’s Office - Room 103
      For counter service to access or file circuit court records or to pay monetary assessments in circuit court criminal cases, enter through the door located to your left at the opposite end of the hallway from the east entry at the top of the outside steps (or the first door to your right from the west entry).
  • Top Level (Floor 2)
    • Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Reception Window
      Look for the sign. Reception area is just off main hallway. If no legal assistant is present, ring bell for service.
    • Main Courtroom - Room 204
    • Auxillary Courtroom (Commissioners’ Room) - Room 209
    • Circuit Court Office and Reception Window (Court Administrator/Scheduling Clerk)
      The large reception area at the far west end of the hallway, at the top of the stairs on Floor 2, is shared with the distrct court. If no receiving clerk is present, ring the bell for service. Show your paperwork or state the nature of your business so you can be served by the correct clerk.
    • District Court Office and Reception Window (Court Administrator/Magistrate)
      The large reception area at the far west end of the hallway, at the top of the stairs on Floor 2, is shared with the circuit court. If no receiving clerk is present, ring the bell for service. Show your paperwork or state the nature of your visit so you can be served by the correct clerk.
As shown above, reception windows for the various courts and court- or law-related services can be found on all three levels of the courthouse.

Where you need to go when you come to court depends on the reason for your attendance.

For more specific information, hover over the word in the sidebar at right that best describes your role and the purpose of your visit.

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Page last updated August 8, 2019