The general civil division is responsible for handling monetary disputes up to $25,000, and claim and delivery cases in which the item in dispute is $25,000 or less. The general civil division handles its cases in a formal setting before a judge. The parties in a general civil case are expected to follow proper civil procedure; it is recommended that if you are not familiar with civil court rules and regulations, you consult with or hire an attorney. Plaintiffs and defendants who are corporations or LLCs are required to have attorney representation.
For help locating an attorney, please contact Legal Assistance at (616) 632-6000.
** Please note that the clerks of the court are not attorneys, and are NOT allowed to advise either the plaintiff or the defendant in any way.
For more information on general civil lawsuits, please click here to visit the state court website.
If you are awarded a judgment for money or the defendant signs a consent judgment, you may begin collection activities 22 days after the date the judgment was signed by the judge. To read more about options for collecting money, please click here.
1950 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Judge Sara J. Smolenski, Chief Judge
Judge Jeffrey J. O’Hara
J. Kevin McKay, Court Administrator