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Wayne County
Probate Court

Now Fully Remote/Electronic
An innovative court where there is complete confidence that all probate matters will be resolved with fairness & integrity.

Behavioral Health Unit

DETROIT, MI, July 13, 2022 – The Wayne County Probate Court announces that its Behavioral Health Unit (BHU)/Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) pilot project launched in November 2021 has initiated widespread use of AOT in Wayne County, instead of a simple discharge of individuals from hospital ERs. Court-ordered outpatient care, known as AOT, is highly successful in preventing the need for hospitalization for persons with serious mental illness and focuses on helping them to stabilize and improve their condition, preserve resiliency, and become productive members of society. See full article here. Access our Behavioral Health Unit page to learn more!

Notice Regarding Online Payment Processor

The Court’s third party online payment processor changed to FivePoint from PayPal effective July 1, 2022. The major change is:

Convenience fee charge - 3.5% or $3.00 whichever is greater.
The court fee will appear on your statement as Wayne County Probate Court and the convenience fee will appear as Equivant Service Fee.

Court Remains Closed to the Public

Processing Backlog of Approximately Five Weeks

Please be aware that the Wayne County Probate Court’s processing backlog is now approximately five weeks. To see if your item has been filed, check the Court’s website under Case Access; follow the instructions.

This processing delay also applies to receiving your Notice of Hearing and requests for letters of authority for all types of cases. Hearing dates may not be scheduled and updated Letters may not be received for roughly one to two weeks after payment has been made.

Please continue to monitor our website for updates and other important information. Please do not send emails asking for updates on your filing/hearing/requests until after three weeks have passed, as responding to the frequent inquiries slows our progress. Thank you for your patience as we strive to provide quality service in these challenging times.

The Wayne County Probate Court is physically accessible to the public only by drop-box; no in-person filings will be permitted. All hearings are to be conducted remotely via ZOOM until further notice. Please click here for information about attending hearings remotely.


WCPC Information

Judges of Probate
  • Hon. Freddie G. Burton, Jr., Chief Judge
  • Hon. David Braxton, Chief Judge Pro Tempore
  • Hon. Judy A. Hartsfield
  • Hon. Frank S. Szymanski
  • Hon. Terrance A. Keith

Vision & Mission

WCPC Vision

An innovative court where there is complete confidence that all probate matters will be resolved with fairness & integrity.

We Care!

We are dedicated to handling all probate matters with C.A.R.E