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:
Lake Orion Heights
Perry Lake Heights
Wood Creek Farms