Fourth District Court and Judges

Michigan Fourth District Court Information

Lansing

Hall of Justice
925 West Ottawa Street
P.O. Box 30022
Lansing, MI 48909-7522

Lansing Area Map

Driving Directions

The Lansing office is in the Hall of Justice, 925 West Ottawa Street, between Ottawa Street on the north, Allegan Street on the south and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on the west. It is on the opposite end of the mall from the Capitol Building.

From the East: Take I-96 west to Exit 106B (127/496 exit). Follow I-496 for downtown Lansing to Exit 5 for M L King Blvd. Proceed north on M L King Blvd to the intersection of Allegan Street (second light). Turn right onto Allegan. See parking instructions below.

From the North or South: Take US-127 until you are able to exit onto I-496 for downtown Lansing. Use Exit 5 for M L King Blvd. Proceed north on M L King Blvd to the intersection of Allegan Street (second light). Turn right onto Allegan. See parking instructions below. From the West: Take I-96 to Exit 95. Follow I-496 for downtown Lansing. Use Exit 5 for M L King Blvd. Proceed north on M L King Blvd to the intersection of Allegan Street (second light). Turn right onto Allegan. See parking instructions below. From the Flint area: Take I-69 to Exit 89A for US-127 South. Proceed on 127 for approximately 4 miles until you can exit onto I-496 for downtown Lansing. Use Exit 5 for M L King Blvd. Proceed north on M L King Blvd to the intersection of Allegan Street (second light). Turn right onto Allegan. See parking instructions below.

Parking Instructions

Parking for people visiting the Hall of Justice is located on Allegan Street (across from the north side of the Michigan Library and Historical Center (MLHC), southeast of the Hall of Justice, and east of the Veteran's Memorial Park).

When entering the lot, turn left into the unattended lot where pushing a button will produce a parking entry ticket. Once the ticket is in hand, proceed and park in any available spot. When leaving, visitors may make payment (the rate is $1.00/hour, with a daily maximum of $8.00) from their vehicles at the pay-in-lane machine as they exit the HOJ visitor lot or in person at the south entrance to the MLHC. Insert the entry ticket into the machine and your parking fee will be calculated. The pay-in-lane machine will only accept cash and dispenses change in $1.00 coin and nickels only. The pay station in the MLHC will only accept cash and dispenses change in $5.00 bills, $1.00 coin, and nickels. The machines cannot calculate a parking fee without an entry ticket. Customers that lose their entry ticket will be charged $8.00 at the machine. To avoid the full charge, customers can go to the DMB Customer Service Center in the Hannah Building (first building east of the parking lot) on the first floor and they will be charged as if they arrived at 7:00 a.m. If a visitor parks in the lot and later realizes they have no cash, they must also go to the DMB Customer Service Center to make payment (they accept personal checks and credit/debit cards).

Handicap spaces are provided in the visitor lot. Handicap parking is also available in the East Deck of the Hall of Justice. Exit I-496 at Exit 5, Martin Luther King Boulevard. Proceed north on Martin Luther King Boulevard past the Hall of Justice, past Ottawa Street, to Ionia Street. Turn right on Ionia. Drive one block to Butler. Turn right on Butler. Drive one block to Ottawa. Turn right on Ottawa Street and immediately move to the left lane so that you can turn left into the ramp going under the Hall of Justice to the East Deck. At the foot of the ramp, use the call button to indicate that you need access to the lot. When the gate is lifted, drive into the ramp, turn left immediately after entering, and park in one of the handicap spaces available there. Take the elevator to the ground level and use the covered colonnade ramp to get to the front entrance of the building. The doors from the parking elevator lobby to the colonnade and from the colonnade to the Hall of Justice lobby are equipped with power openers. The distance from the elevator lobby to the top of the colonnade ramp is about 105 feet. The distance from the top of the ramp to the building entrance is about 96 feet.

Fourth District Judges

  • Stephen L. Borrello: Appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2003, elected in 2004 and reelected in 2006; term expires January 1, 2019.
  • E. Thomas Fitzgerald: Elected to the court in 1990; term expires January 1, 2015.
  • Michael J. Kelly: Elected to the court in 2008; term expires January 1, 2015.
  • Amy Ronayne Krause: Appointed to the Court of Appeals in November of 2010; term expires January 1, 2015.
  • Patrick M. Meter: Appointed to the court in 1999; term expires January 1, 2015.
  • Peter D. O'Connell: Elected in 1994 and currently serves on the Michigan Court of Appeals in the new Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan; term expires January 1, 2019.
  • Donald S. Owens: Appointed to the court in 1999, elected in 2000, and reelected in 2004; term expires, January 1, 2017.
  • William C. Whitbeck: Appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals by Governor Engler in 1997. Judge Whitbeck was elected in 1998 and reelected in 2004 and 2010; term expires January 1, 2017.

In Michigan, there are four district courts: