47th District Court – Farmington Hills, Michigan
The 47th District Court serves the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, Michigan. The court handles minor civil matters, misdemeanors, and the initial hearings in all felony cases, including the arraignment and preliminary examinations.
The 47th District Court is located at 31605 West Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Its jurisdiction is the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. All traffic, misdemeanors, and felony offenses that occur in Farmington and Farmington Hills start there. Two judges work in the 47th District Court. Each judge has a reputation for fairness and moderation. The court staff and judges make the 47th District Court a venue where a defendant can get a fair hearing, so long as he or she has well-qualified, prepared legal counsel.
The 47th District Court handles misdemeanors ranging from domestic violence, assault and battery, disorderly person, certain traffic offenses such as drunk driving, OWI – DUI or driving on a suspended driver’s license, retail fraud, possession of marijuana, and more. The felony offenses that are heard in the 47th District Court range from certain drug offenses, identity theft, felonious assault, drunk driving 3rd offense, and even rape and murder. This court has a Sobriety Court Program, designed to help people with substance abuse problems. There are other alternative programs that the judges will consider, such as 7411 for drug offenses, Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) for young offenders, among others.
The Judges of the 47th District Court
Judge Marla E. Parker
She has been a Judge of the 47th District Court since 2002. Before her election to the bench, Judge Parker was a magistrate for the Court and maintained a private law practice in Farmington Hills. She has served several times as the Court’s chief judge. Judge Parker is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA), the Women’s Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges, and the American Bar Association. She is a past president of the Oakland County District Judges Association and is a former member of the OCBA Board of Directors. A frequent speaker at seminars for new lawyers, she has also been a faculty member for the Michigan Judicial Institute’s new judges seminar. Judge Parker holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School.
Judge James E. Brady
Elected district judge in November 2002 and began his first six-year term on January 1, 2003. He served a two-year term as the Court’s chief judge in 2004-05. Before his election to the bench, he served the Court for 17 years as a magistrate, having been appointed to that position in 1986 by Judge Margaret Schaeffer. Also, he served as an assistant prosecutor for Oakland County from 1980 – 1984 and worked in the private practice of law from 1984 – 2002. He earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree in 1975 from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree in 1979 from Wayne State University Law School.
The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. regularly practice in the 47th District Court in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
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