Oakland County in Michigan

With over 1.2 million citizens spread out over sixty-two cities, Oakland County Michigan can hardly be considered a small county, as it is a part of the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Among some of the more notable towns / cities are Troy, Brimingham, and Farmington Hills. While Troy and Farmington Hills can be seen as blue-collar communities battling for the Counties most populated city, other towns like Birmingham can be seen as more of a wealthy community.
The court systems within Oakland County are similar to those throughout the state, consisting of County District Courts and County Circuit Courts. The District courts generally deal with misdemeanor violations. They will also handle introductory assessments on certain felony cases. These courts can also handle civil suits, although their jurisdiction allows them to only handle actions up to $25,000.

Oakland County Circuit Courts handle both criminal and civil cases as well as reviews all appeals from the lower District and Probate courts. The Circuit Court has a few different divisions. One example is the Family Division. Adoptions, divorces, child custody suits, juvenile delinquency issues, and abuse/neglect are a few examples of the types of cases which are handled at this level. Another area within the family division is known as the Friend of the Court, and deals primarily with specific domestic affairs. An example of its work can be found within the implementation of the SMILE program. The program aims to help parents comprehend the effects of divorce, how to meet the needs of their children, and ways to help encourage their child’s adjustment to divorce.

The final branch can be found at the Probate Court level. Probate courts in Oakland County usually deal with the following areas: decedent estates and wills, Trusts, Guardianships, and mental health. They do not deal with actual Probation – juvenile nor adult.

Oakland Counties Cities, Towns & Census Designated Places:

Andersonville
Auburn Heights
Auburn Hills
Austin Corners
Berkley
Beverly Hills
Big Beaver
Bingham Farms
Birmingham
Bloomfield Hills
Brandon Gardens
Campbells Corner
Charing Cross
Clarenceville
Clarkston
Clawson
Clintonville
Clyde
Commerce
Davisburg
Drayton Plains
East Highland
Farmington Acres
Farmington Hills
Ferndale
Five Points
Four Towns
Franklin
Glengary
Goodison
Groveland Corners
Hazel Park
Hickory Ridge
Highland
Holly
Huntington Woods
Jossman Acres
Keego Harbor
Lake Angelus
Lake Orion
Lake Orion Heights
Lakeville
Lathrup Village
Leonard
Madison Heights
Milford
New Hudson
Newark
North Farmington
Novi
Oak Grove
Oak Park
Oakley Park
Oakwood
Orchard Lake
Ortonville
Oxbow
Oxford
Perry Lake Heights
Pleasant Ridge
Pontiac
Quakertown
Rochester
Rochester Hills
Rose Corners
Royal Oak
Rudds Mill
Seven Harbors
South Lyon
Southfield
Springfield
Stony Creek
Sylvan Lake
Thomas
Troy
Union Lake
Walled Lake
Walters
Waterford
West Highland
Westacres
White Lake
Wixom
Wolverine Lake
Wood Creek Farms
Yates