30th District Court Online Negotiation

Highland Park, MI

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of online negotiation?

You could get your charge changed to one with no or fewer 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 judge or magistrate on the other side, making decisions about your case based on the same criteria they would if you went to court. It just takes place through this website.

Why does the court allow negotiation?

Because we all make mistakes, and the court is there to listen to us and consider whether we deserve a break.

Why should I care about points on my license?

It can raise your insurance rates and subject you to costly driver responsibility fees. If you get too many – generally 12 – your license could be suspended.

What happens if my request is rejected?

The clock simply resets, just like you got the ticket yesterday. You’ll have 10 days to take action: admit responsibility and pay the fine or contest it in the court.

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.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

It depends on your record and other criteria set by the court and law enforcement. Whether your request is approved is entirely up to the court and prosecutor.

What does it mean if I am ineligible?

It could mean your ticket is too old, or that you have too many past offenses. 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 email or text you, and we’ll update the message on your status page when you come back to the website. As soon as we do, you’ll have 10 days to take action on the decision.

Wouldn’t I get a better deal by going to court in person?

No. This website is not “automated.” There’s a real judge and law enforcement on the other side, and they make decisions your case using the same considerations as they would in the courtroom. The offer the court extends through this website is the same you’d get in court. It simply takes place through this website.

I have a ticket that doesn’t carry any points, and the fine is lower than for the charge the court might offer. Why would I want that?

Whether or not you want to to proceed with a request is up to you. Keep in mind that certain 0-point charges, like speeding 1-5 over on freeways or other limited access roads, will still get reported to the Michigan Secretary of State. That information is then available to your insurer.