District Court



Address 161 E. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Phone (269) 969-6666
Fax (269) 969-6614
8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Dept. Head Katherine Ambrose, Court Administrator/Attorney Magistrate
Shannon Koepke; Deputy Court Administrator/ADA Coordinator
Earl Brutsche, Magistrate
David Heiss, Attorney Magistrate

By Administrative Order - Security Policy for Court Facilities, individuals entering the Courthouse are to abide by the following:

  • No cameras, camera phones, *cell phones, or electronic recording devices, and
  • No weapons or cutting instruments allowed.
  • *Cell phones will be permitted for governmental employees with currently valid pictured I.D., licensed and practicing attorneys, physicians, victim advocates with a county pictured identification badge and mediators with approved identification badges.


District Court, with which citizens have more contact than any other court, processes case filings that are initiated by law enforcement, businesses and private citizens. The court will process the cases as mandated by statute. District Court handles all misdemeanors including arraignment, setting and acceptance of bail, trial and sentencing, and conducts preliminary examinations in felony cases. The court has exclusive jurisdiction of all summary proceedings, small claims and civil litigation up to $25,000 and handles garnishments, tenancy, eviction and other proceedings. The traffic division processes all misdemeanor, parking and civil infraction traffic offenses, strictly following Secretary of State guidelines.

The District Court is responsible for collecting and distributing fine, costs and fees. Money collected is either ordered by the District Court Judge or dictated by statute, i.e. filing fees. The money that is collected by the District Court is deposited with the Calhoun County Treasurer and distributed to various entities, including the county, cities, townships, villages and libraries. Additionally, state mandated fees are collected for community dispute resolution, court equity fund, highway safety fee, conservation fee, civil fee, training fees, crime victim fee, secondary road patrol fee, state fund civil, state fund traffic, jail reimbursement fee, forensic lab, Secretary of State, bonds, restitution and cost recovery.

District judges are elected for terms of six years in non-partisan elections. A candidate must be a qualified elector, a resident of the district, a lawyer who has been licensed to practice law for at least five years and under 70 years of age. Salaries for district judges are set by the legislature.

General Information

Public parking is available off Division Street, immediately to the side and back of the Court building and off E. Michigan behind the Fire Department.

Visa/Mastercard payments are accepted.


On October 5 & 6, 2017 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, individuals who owe money on Calhoun County civil infraction tickets and have incurred late fees, penalty fees, warrant fees or reinstatement fees, will have the opportunity to have all of those fees waived if they pay the original amount of the ticket.

To receive the waiver of fees under Amnesty Days you must be in line at the 10th District Court Clerk’s Office between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm on October 5 & 6, 2017.  Calhoun County 10th District Court is located inside the Justice Center in Battle Creek.  The Court recommends calling ahead of these two dates to inquire about whether you are eligible for the waiver of fees and the amount you will owe on October 5th and 6th.  269-969-6692

Payment will be accepted in cash, credit card (with a convenience fee), with a valid drivers’ license or state ID, or cashier’s check.  Personal checks will not be accepted.

The 10th District Court does expect a higher volume of traffic in the clerk’s office on October 5th and 6th.  If you have other court business that does not immediately need to be done on those two days, it is recommended that you not attempt to conduct your court business.


Holiday Schedule

Additional Phone Numbers

(269) 969-6726
Civil Department
(269) 969-6683
Criminal Department
(269) 969-6678
Judicial Enforcement Division
(269) 969-6760
Probation Department
(269) 969-6651
Traffic Department
(269) 969-6692


(269) 969-6702
(269) 969-6708
(269) 969-6706
(269) 969-6704
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