District Court Case Evaluation


District Court Case Evaluation is an effective and alternative way to settle disputes before going to trial.

The OCBA has managed the administration of the District Court Case Evaluation service for nearly 30 years. The OCBA's District Court Case Evaluators are assigned over 2,500 cases each year. With over 65 percent of these cases removed from the court docket, this service not only offers an alternative means of finding pre-trial resolution in a timely manner, it also saves the courts time and money.

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Is District Court Case Evaluation currently being held in person?
Currently, case evaluations are being held virtually via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Those scheduled for case evaluation will be emailed the link and/or phone number to access Zoom on their assigned date about three days prior to their hearing date. 

How do I acquire my award form if I appear via Zoom?
District Court Case Evaluation will email you an award form within 72 hours after your case evaluation hearing. Please remember to write down the award amount stated to you during your hearing. Staff will not be able to provide that information to you over the phone.  

Why am I receiving an invoice for fines and fees?
Regardless of whether you appear in front of the case evaluators, you have been invoiced because the District Court Case Evaluation office did not receive from you your summaries, settlement and/or dismissal signed by both parties before the deadline listed on your Notice of Case Evaluation. All adjournments must be signed by the judge and are not accepted without a signature.

What if I can not afford the Case Evaluation fee?
If you are a pro per representing yourself, you may qualify for a grant from the Oakland County Bar Foundation that will help cover your fee. To download the fee assistance application, click here. Note, this grant can not cover fines that could be assessed, so be sure to adhere to the deadlines noted in your Notice for Case Evaluation and also explained in the Case Evaluation Handbook.

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