Courts Division


Deputies of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office maintain order and security in the courtrooms of the Third Judicial Circuit and Wayne County Probate Courts for the protection of the Judges, Litigants, and the general public. Deputies also transport prisoners between the various court buildings and the three jails. The Sheriff provides these services at four locations: Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Lincoln Hall of Justice, and the Friend of the Court (Penobscot Building). At the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Sheriff's deputies perform additional Lobby Security duties by screening all persons entering the building for contraband.

General Office Mailing Location:
FOC 645 Griswold Detroit, MI 48226
Office: 313.224.2408  I  Fax: 313.237.1104

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Third Judicial Circuit: Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
1441 St. Antoine, Detroit MI 48226                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Office: Office: 313.224.2503

These Judges adjudicate criminal cases, and have sole jurisdiction over all felony and high misdemeanor offenses committed in Wayne County. Third Circuit Criminal Court serves as the Appellate Court for criminal appeals filed from every District Court located in Wayne County. The Criminal Court manages various ancillary services and departments throughout the Court including Pretrial Services, Adult Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Case Processing, Jury and Court Reporting Services, and acts as the liaison to a variety of outside local, county, state, and federal agencies whose business function impacts the Criminal Court. The Sheriff's role within this unit is to provide both courtroom and building security by protecting judges, public civilians inside the court and securing prisoners.

Civil and Probate Court: Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC)
2 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48226                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Office: 313.224.2260
 Fax: 313.224.2433

Judges within this facility adjudicate civil and probate cases. CAYMC has original jurisdiction in all probate and general civil cases initiated in Wayne County where the amount in controversy exceeds $25,000. The Civil Court serves as the Appellate Court for civil appeals filed from every District Court located in Wayne County and other administrative agencies. In the Family Division, Domestic Relations Cases are handled by judges who adjudicate and are responsible for hearing all divorce, paternity, personal protection orders, emancipation of minors, name changes, parental waivers, and infectious disease matters filed in Wayne County.

The Third Circuit Court Family Division consists of one Lieutenant, two Sergeants, and 38 deputies. The Sheriff's role within this unit is to provide both courtroom and building security by protecting judges, public civilians inside the court and securing prisoners. The office is staffed from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lincoln Hall of Justice
1025 E. Forest, Detroit, Michigan 48207
Office: 313.833.0495-6  I  Fax: 313.833.0495

The Court Family Division-- includes seven 3rd circuit court judges, two cross-assigned Probate Judges and eight Juvenile Attorney Referees--is responsible for hearing juvenile delinquency matters, child abuse and neglect, adoption, guardianship and all traffic and ordinance violations committed by juveniles in Wayne County. Other juvenile support and ancillary services provided by this division include adoptions, the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, Intake, Juvenile Drug Court, Juvenile Services Unit and the Clinic for Child Study. In addition to monitoring and support services to youthful offenders, therapists, clinicians and probation officers provide the Court with progress reports, recommendations and expert testimony. The Sheriff's role within this unit is to provide both courtroom and building security by protecting judges, public civilians inside the court and securing prisoners.

For additional information about the Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court, you may visit:

Friend of the Court Enforcement Unit

Sheriff's FOC Felony Non Support (FNS) Warrant Unit:
General Office Mailing Location: Penobscot Building 645 Griswold Detroit MI 48226
Detroit Michigan branch: Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Avenue Detroit MI 48226                                                                                                                                                          Office: 313.224.2364  Fax: 313.237.1171

The Friend of the Court Felony Non-Support Warrant (FNS) unit is a partnership between the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The unit was created for the purposes of enforcing cases that meet the criteria of a felony under state law. The unit is compromised of 1 sergeant, and 3 deputies.

A Complainant (Custodial parent) files a complaint with the prosecutor's office. The Prosecutor's Case initiation unit makes an evaluation. If the evidence meets the necessary standards, the case is referred to the Sheriff's Felony Non-Support Unit Supervisor. The Sheriff's Supervisor prepares the warrant for the Non-Custodial Parent (NCP). The warrant is entered into the state-wide law enforcement database and is assigned to a Sheriff's FNS team for investigation, file preparation and warrant execution by deputies. The charge listed on the warrant is, “Felony for Family Offenses”. Once the (NCP) is arrested, he/she is processed at the Wayne County Jail and scheduled for video arraignment on the charge. Bond is set by a magistrate at 36th District Court and the case is bound over to 3rd Judicial Circuit Court at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.
The Special Prosecutors assigned to the FNS case load (Comprised of three prosecutors) request full payment of the arrears on the case or probation for the purposes of supervision to monitor regular payments as ordered by the court. When a court date is missed or an order by the court is disregarded, a “Failure to Appear” or “Violation of Probation” warrant is issued by the court and the case is referred back to the Sheriff's Enforcement Unit for further investigation and re-arrest.

Since inception (2001), The Felony Non-Support Unit has recovered $45,229,375.00 for Complainants. Another $48,163,902.00 is the total money to date that the courts have ordered NCPs to pay during their probationary period. This program is successful because of the unit's dedication and belief that they are making a difference in a child's future.

Sheriff's FOC Civil Non Support Warrant Unit:
Office: 313.224.0165  I  Fax: 313.237.1171

The Friend of the Court (FOC) Civil Non-Support Unit is a unit of Court Services. It is compromised of one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, and eight deputies. Each deputy is assigned a caseload within a specific geographical area of the county. The FOC civil non support unit is based in the Penobscot building, located at 645 Griswold. The office is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, however the arrest teams vary their work hours based on need. The Sheriff's role is very specific--enforce court orders. The Friend of the Court and or the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court civil division have the authority to issue bench warrants for failure to appear for show cause hearings and contempt of court warrants for failure to comply with court orders. The Sheriff's FOC civil non support unit affects arrests based upon those warrants. This unit also assists in the arrest of warrant offenders by request from other out county and out state agencies.

General Office Mailing Location:
Main Office-Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold, Detroit, Michigan Branch 48226
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48226                                                                                                                                                                                           Active civil warrants: (313) 224-2990

Civil Process Unit

Civil Process Unit
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave. Room 1711 Detroit, MI 48226
Office: 313-224-2260  I  Fax: 313.224.2433

The Sheriff's Civil Process Unit provides personal service of official court papers, summons and complaints, requests and court orders and Personal Protection Orders (PPO's) to persons involved in civil litigation. Other duties performed by the Sheriff's Civil Process Unit include the facilitation and service of personal notices of mortgage foreclosures, tax sales and the execution of evictions.

The unit is also responsible for the weekly mortgage foreclosure auctions. These auctions are open to the public and are held every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on the 13th Floor.


Deed Fraud Task Force

One of Wayne County's fastest growing crimes in recent years has been deed fraud. Every year many people have the deeds to their home quietly stolen from beneath them by scam artists who file forged or fraudulent documents. To address the issue, the Wayne County Sheriff, Register of Deeds and Prosecutor have formed a Deed Fraud Task Force to investigate these matters.

You can protect yourself by checking your own property's records at

If you or someone you know may have been the victim of deed fraud, or have questions about how to protect yourself, please call (313) 224-5869



Benny N. Napoleon
Wayne County Sheriff
(313) 224-2222

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