Courts in Michigan
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Michigan's District Courts are trial courts that handle cases involving torts, contracts, real property, and small claims matters valued up to $3,000, and ordinance violations. Michigan's Municipal Courts also handle torts and contracts involving disputes up to $1,500, and very small claims valued at less than $600. They also hear traffic violations. Michigan has a separate Probate Court that handles matters such as probate, estates, wills. Michigan's Probate Court also handles mental health cases. Michigan's Court of Claims exclusively handles administrative agency appeals involving claims against the state. Michigan's Circuit Courts handle higher-valued tort, contract and real property claims, and also has jurisdiction over some of the case types that are handled by other courts. Michigan also has a Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court, which hear criminal and civil appeals.

If you're trying to find Michigan court records, be aware that each of Michigan's state courts sets its own policy for record management. Although Michigan public records usually include most court records, the process of obtaining these can vary by court. The state provides further information regarding the availability of Michigan court documents on their website at There is also a downloadable chart of nonpublic records.
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06, Mar 2015 - Saginaw, MI Opening statements deliver different versions of Joel Wilson's downfall
Joel Wilson of Saginaw is on trial for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme through his business, The Diversified Group Advisory Firm. A Michigan Assistant Attorney General is leading the prosecution against Wilson in Bay County.
06, Mar 2015 - Bay, MI STATE POLICE: Use MSP Posts as "Safe Place" for Transactions
Michigan State Police officials want residents to know they can use posts as safe sites for conducting private business transactions in an effort to curb crime.
06, Mar 2015 - Macomb, MI Sand Mountain man convicted of racketeering, trafficking charges in Michigan
A Sand Mountain man is one of six members of a motorcycle gang convicted Friday of racketeering and drug-trafficking charges after a four-month-long trial in Michigan.
06, Mar 2015 - Saginaw, MI 51-year-old prison inmate pleads guilty in cellmate slaying
A 51-year-old man already in a Michigan prison for a 1991 slaying faces sentencing in April for killing his cellmate.
06, Mar 2015 - Bay, MI Michigan man, 23, guilty of animal death for running over schnauzer
Attorney Ed Czuprynski, left, and Aaron A. Bellor wait for the verdict in Bay County Chief Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Schmidts' courtroom Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Bay County Court Facility in Bay City, Mich. Bellor, was found guilty of unlawfully killing an animal and not having adequate care for an animal in the Jan. 22, 2014, death of a schnauzer named Sassy, driven over by Bellor in the area ...
06, Mar 2015 - Gov. Snyder: Michigan will recognize about 300 gay marriages
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were quickly performed in the hours before an appeals court blocked a ruling legalizing the unions, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday.
06, Mar 2015 - Bay, MI State police posts serving as safe sites for buying, selling
Michigan State Police officials want residents to know they can use posts as safe sites for conducting private business transactions in an effort to curb crime.
05, Mar 2015 - Kalamazoo, MI Remember When Tim Allen Nearly Got a Life Sentence For Trafficking Coke?
Most of America knows Tim Allen best as the genial, lovable sitcom dad from Home Improvement and his current red-state reassurance vehicle Last Man Standing . But if you were looking for coke in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the mid-70s, you might have known Tim Allen as your drug dealer. Enough people knew him as such that in 1978 an undercover officer set up a sting operation that might have landed ...
05, Mar 2015 - Barry, MI Chad Curtis loses appeal of sex crime sentence
The state appeals court has affirmed the convictions and sentence of former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis, who is in prison for sexual misconduct with teenage girls in western Michigan.
05, Mar 2015 - Roseville, MI Same-Sex Couple Blames Discrimination After Pediatrician Allegedly Refuses to See Their Newborn
A married, same-sex couple in Michigan say they felt discriminated against after a pediatrician refused to see their newborn daughter, according to their attorney. Jami and Krista Contreras of Oak Park, Michigan, welcomed their daughter, Bay, four months ago. Six days after Bay was born, the couple took the infant to a pediatrician, Dr. Vesna Roi, they had chosen after an earlier prenatal visit ...
05, Mar 2015 - Ex-cop Ken Bluew out of appeals after Michigan Supreme Court denies his request to appeal his murde
With the Michigan Supreme Court's Tuesday decision, Bluew's options for appeal in Michigan are exhausted.
05, Mar 2015 - Oakley, MI Assistant AG says Oakley's 'phantom philanthropists' don't qualify for police exemp
A Saginaw County judge has approved a motion from the Michigan Attorney General's Office, allowing the state agency to get involved in a case about the release of the names of approximately 100 Oakley Police Department reserve police officers.
05, Mar 2015 - U.S. restores federal protections for gray wolves in some states
(Reuters) - Gray wolves in western Great Lakes states and Wyoming were returned to endangered or threatened species lists on Friday, giving them protection against hunting and trapping, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The decision complies with orders by federal judges that restored protections to gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming that had been removed in 2012 ...
05, Mar 2015 - Spartans win rough one as head injury cuts Dawson's senior night short
Travis Trice equaled a career high with 27 points and Matt Costello lifted Michigan State at both ends of the court, helping the Spartans to a 72-66 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night. Michigan State played the whole second half without Branden Dawson, who appeared to take a shot to the head and was limited to nine minutes on his senior night.
05, Mar 2015 - Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh and Judge Judy are in a mutual admiration club
The two exchanged some gushing words on Twitter this week.
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