A court summons means that your landlord has filed an eviction case against you in court and that you have been summoned to appear for a scheduled hearing.
The summons should state the time and date of your court hearing and indicate whether your hearing will take place in person or on Zoom.
First hearings are virtual on Zoom. Visit https://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/home and click "Join Zoom Hearing" to join your virtual hearing.
Second and subsequent hearings are in-person at the 36th District Courthouse 421 Madison St. Detroit, MI 48226. The courthouse opens at 8:00 AM. Arrive early to pass through security and find your assigned courtroom. Cell phones are allowed in the courtroom but many items are prohibited, such as cords/chargers, food, beverages, and weapons.
Look up your case here by searching your name and/or case number (located on your court summons).
If you have questions about the date or location of your hearing, call the 36th District Court to clarify any uncertainty beforehand at (313) 965-2200.
It is very important to attend your court hearing. Judges rule in favor of landlords "by default" if a tenant does not attend their court hearing. Currently, the first hearing in eviction court is a pre-trial hearing, meaning the judge is unlikely to issue a judgment that day. But it is still important to attend in order to access legal aid and other resources that may prevent your eviction or a judgment on your housing record.