81st District Court
422 W. Lake Street

PO Box 609
Tawas City, MI 48763

General Office Hours
Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Phone: (989) 362-4441
Fax: (989) 984-1021

District Court

Duties of the District Court

The 81st District Court handles the following cases:

  • Traffic violations, such as speeding tickets and seat belt violations
  • Landlord-tenant matters
  • Misdemeanor criminal cases (In general, if found guilty, the accused cannot be sentenced to more than one year in jail)
  • Preliminary hearings for felony criminal cases
  • Small Claims Court cases (Forms)
    Fee Waiver Request
  • Civil cases with claims up to $25,000

The 81st District Court in Iosco County is located within the Iosco County Building in Tawas City, near the rear entrance. The Iosco County Building is across from the Tawas City Park on US-23, approximately one mile southwest of M-55.

District Court Judge
Christopher P. Martin
Judge Martin is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He was elected into the Iosco Probate Court in 2012 and began serving the District Court in November 2016.

Administration & Staff

Brian Harger
Magistrate/Court Administrator

Laura Kruse
Deputy Magistrate/Criminal Clerk

Cindy Harbin
Probation Compliance Officer

Teri Hill
Traffic Clerk

Julie Quarters
Civil Clerk

Gail Wait
Probation Officer/Deputy Magistrate

Sam VanAlstine
Bookkeeper/Assignment Clerk/Jury Manager