The 63rd District Court is committed to providing the public fair and efficient judicial service in an atmosphere of respect to all persons, and in cooperation with the funding unit.
Judge Steven R. Servaas was elected to the court in 1972. At 27, he was the youngest judge to be elected. He was raised in Grand Rapids, MI, and attended Union High School. He received his bachelor degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He went on to study law at the University of Michigan, and graduated in 1969. He began his law career as an assistant prosecutor with the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office where he remained until he was elected judge. He is currently the longest sitting judge in Michigan.
Judge Sara Smolenski is a Grand Rapids native. She earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Grand Rapids Junior College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan. In 1982, she earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She was elected to the bench in 1990. She was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court as Chief Judge of the 63rd District Court in 1996.
The 63rd District Court is one of six District Courts in the County. See map for 63rd District Court's coverage area.
What is a District Court and what do they do?
The District Court is a trial court of limited jurisdiction. It is divided into 101 judicial districts, ranging in size from a single city or township to multiple counties. The District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the following types of cases:
In addition to its jurisdiction to try adult criminal offenses punishable by up to one year’s imprisonment, the district court is the court in which all other adult criminal proceedings begin, regardless of the nature of the offense. In carrying out this function, the district court has jurisdiction to:
District Court decisions are generally appealable to the Circuit Court, although a different appeal process applies to informal hearings involving civil traffic infractions.
|Frequently Called Court Office Numbers|
|Main Line||(616) 632-7770|
|Traffic||(616) 632-7780 or
|Small Claims||(616) 632-7771|
|General Civil||(616) 632-7772 or
|Landlord Tenant||(616) 632-7773|
|Criminal FAX||(616) 363-6124|
|Traffic FAX||(616) 363-6211|
|Civil FAX||(616) 363-6904|
|Other Court Office Numbers|
|17th Circuit Court Clerk's Office||(616) 632-5480|
|Kent County Prosecutor's Office||(616) 632-6710|
|Victim/Witness Division||(616) 632-5400|
|17th Circuit Court Administration||(616) 632-5220|
|Family Division/Juvenile Center||(616) 336-3748|
|Court Services||(616) 632-5350|
|Kent County Sheriff's Dept.||(616) 632-6100|
|Inmate Information||(616) 632-6300|
|Probate Court||(616) 632-5440|
|Friend of the Court||(616) 632-6888|
1950 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Judge Sara J. Smolenski, Chief Judge
Judge Steven R. Servaas
Kevin McKay, Court Administrator