54A District Court
Online Case Review

Lansing, MI

Frequently Asked Questions

What is online case review?

It's a way to have a police officer and magistrate review your traffic ticket without having to come to court for a hearing.

What are the benefits of online case review?

You could get your charge changed to one with no driver's license points. And you can do it online rather than going to court!

How is it different online than in court?

It's not. There's a real magistrate and law enforcement officer on the other side, making decisions about your case based on the same criteria they would if you went to court in person. It just takes place through this website.

How does it work?

You submit a request online for a reduced charge. If you are eligible, the police officer reviews your request and makes a recommendation to the magistrate, who then makes the final decision. You get a text or email with the result.

Is there a charge for online case review?

No.

Why does the court allow online traffic ticket review?

Everyone makes mistakes. If you have a good driving record, the magistrate and police officer may be willing to give you a lesser charge that does not add points to your license.

Why should I care about points on my license?

Having points on your license can raise your insurance rates, subject you to driver responsibility fees, or result in a suspension of your license to drive.

What happens if my request is rejected?

You have 10 days to admit responsibility and pay the ticket, deny responsibility and request a hearing, or admit responsibility with a written explanation. More information is on the back of your ticket.

How do I know if I'm eligible?

It depends on your record and other criteria set by the court and law enforcement. Just enter your ticket information and do a search to find the eligibility criteria. If you are, submit a request. Whether your request is approved is entirely up to the court and law enforcement.

What is Matterhorn and Court Innovations?

Spun out of the University of Michigan Law School, Court Innovations Inc. is the maker of Matterhorn, this website. Courts license it to interact with the public, so that you have an opportunity to be heard without physically having to go to court! The court provides it as a service to you.

What does it mean if I am ineligible?

It could mean your ticket is too old, or that you have too many past offenses or open tickets. Try a search. If you are ineligible, we'll tell you why.

If my request is approved, will I still have to pay a fine?

Yes. The fine could change based on the new charge. Either way, you are still responsible for paying it.

How will I know when a decision has been made?

We will send an email or text as well as update the message on your status page when you come back to the website. Full payment is due within 7 days.

I received a citation that is eligible to be waived (or reduced) — can I use this site to resolve my waivable offense?

Some citations can have their fines reduced or eliminated if you satisfy the court by showing proof. This site works to allow you to upload images as proof. Here are the types of offenses that you can have reviewed online (and what you will need to upload as proof to satisfy the requirement):

1) Defective Equipment - fine may be lowered by uploading an image as proof that the required repairs have been made (and verified by a police officer).

2) No Registration - fine may be lowered by uploading an image as proof that you obtained a valid registration within 10 calendar days of citation (and received verification from a police officer).

3) No Proof of Insurance - fine may be lowered by uploading an image as proof that you had valid insurance at the time of the citation.

Parking Violations Responsibility

Michigan statute deems the registered owner of a vehicle responsible for parking violations. A vehicle leasing or rental company may transfer liability to the driver in possession of the vehicle by submitting documents to the Court under 2000 Public Act 268 effective October 1, 2000. See your car rental agreement “Indemnification” clause which may read similar to the following:

  • Renter agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Owner for any loss, damage, or legal actions against Owner as a result of Renter’s operation or use of the Rented Vehicle during the term of this Car Rental Agreement.  This includes any attorney fees necessarily incurred for these purposes.  Renter will also pay for any parking tickets, moving violations, or other citations received while in possession of the Rented Vehicle.
  • Late notices are mailed to the plate registration address on file with the Michigan Secretary of State.