sorting the judges
Washtenaw County’s courts are divided into the county Trial Court, where felony and serious misdemeanor criminal cases are heard, and district courts, which handle lesser misdemeanor and civil cases.
The district courts are separated by geography:
District 14A processes all cases arising in Washtenaw County except those within the City of Ann Arbor and the Township of Ypsilanti. It is further separated into four subdistricts.
14A-1 — Judge J. Cedric Simpson: presides over Pittsfield Township for all criminal misdemeanor and civil infraction (traffic cases). It also presides over Pittsfield, Augusta, Superior townships, the Village of Barton Hills and the City of Ypsilanti for general civil, landlord-tenant and small claims matters.
14A-2 — Judge Kirk W. Tabbey: presides over the City of Ypsilanti including Eastern Michigan University plus Ann Arbor Township and Augusta, Salem and Superior townships and the Village of Barton Hills criminal misdemeanor and civil infraction (traffic) cases.
14A-3 — Judge Richard E. Conlin: presides over the City of Chelsea, the townships of Dexter, Lima, Lyndon, Northfield, Scio, Sylvan and Webster, plus the Village of Dexter criminal misdemeanor and civil infraction (traffic) cases.
14A-4 — J. Cedric Simpson: presides over the cities of Saline and Milan, the townships of Bridgewater, Freedom, Lodi, Manchester, Saline, Sharon and York, plus the Village of Manchester criminal misdemeanor and traffic cases. 14A-4 handles small claims, general civil, landlord-tenant for the above locations plus Dexter Township and Village, Chelsea, Lima, Lyndon, Northfield, Scio, Sylvan and Webster townships.
District 14B processes all cases arising in the Township of Ypsilanti.
District 15 is located in downtown Ann Arbor in the Ann Arbor Justice Center. The court is normally presided over by three judges, including Elizabeth Hines and newly elevated chief, Joseph F. Burke. Judge Christopher Easthope resigned after emails were released that detailed drug use and improper communication with attorney Nader Nassif.
Kirk Tabbey’s response