Kalamaoo County


Civil Division - Civil Actions

The District Court has jurisdiction in civil actions claiming $25,000 or less. Civil actions are typically handled by attorneys who prepare the content of the complaint, answer the complaint, file motions, answer motions, and support their clients' position using applicable statutes and case law. Although legal representation is not a requirement in a civil action, most clients choose to be represented. Court Staff will provide general procedural assistance to parties who represent themselves; i.e. regarding State approved forms and time parameters within which an answer must be filed. However, Court Clerks are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice. If you need legal advice contact an attorney. For a list of local attorneys visit the Kalamazoo County Bar website.

Filing Fees (Note: Filing Fee reflects increase on March 1, 2016. DETAILS ...)

Amount Claimed
$600.00 or Less
$600.01 through $1,750.00
$1750.01 through $10,000.00
$10,000.01 through $25,000.00
Fee Per Action Filed

Service Fees

Type of Service
   Certified Mail
     Individual (Restricted Delivery)

   Personal Service
     Per Defendant
     Bad Address Fee
Fee For Each Defendant

$ 7.00

$26.00 Plus Round Trip mileage
Motion Fee $20.00
Jury Demand Fee $50.00
Post-Judgment Fees
Writ of Garnishment
   Service of Garnishment: By Process Server
                                   Certified Mail to Company
$23.00 Plus Round Trip mileage
$ 7.00
Discovery Subpoena
Service of Subpoena Per Defendant
$26.00 Plus Round Trip mileage
*There will be disclosure fees in addition to the other fees.


The data contained herein is for informational purposes only; it is not legal advice.