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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20, Aug 2014 - Saginaw, MI Jail uniform change prompted by TV show
A Michigan sheriff said orange is no longer the new black in his jail.
20, Aug 2014 - Wallace, MI Vet warned couple that 2 dogs were dangerous
Craig Systma and his 2-year-old granddaughter, Leylah Sytsma. / Courtesy Systma family DETROIT - Three months before two large dogs mauled a jogger to death, a veterinarian who examined them found them "aggressive" and "dangerous" and warned one of their owners that the dogs needed to be treated by an animal behaviorist, according to testimony in a Michigan courtroom Friday.
20, Aug 2014 - Jackson, MI Michigan fines prison food vendor Aramark $200,000, but doesn't end contract
Associated Press - Michigan officials imposed a $200,000 fine Friday against the food vendor for the state's prison system, citing unapproved menu substitutions, inadequate staffing and employee misconduct. The state Corrections Department stopped short of ending its contract with Aramark Correctional Services, which it absolved of blame for maggots found recently in a Jackson prison's food ...
20, Aug 2014 - Ionia, MI Michigan Fines Prison Food Vendor $200K After ‘Unacceptable’ Errors, Sex Misconduct
Gov. Rick Snyder said the transition to Aramark has seen "errors on both sides of the relationship."
20, Aug 2014 - Male guards can sue over jobs at Washtenaw County women's prison
The Michigan appeals court has cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit by dozens of male guards who say they've been denied overtime and job assignments at the state's only prison for women.
20, Aug 2014 - Saginaw, MI Michigan jail trades trendy 'Orange' inmate uniforms for timeless sailor stripes
Sorry, stylistas: You won’t get your fashion fix by committing a crime in Saginaw County, Michigan, and landing yourself in jail. Not anymore. At least that's what County Sheriff William L.
20, Aug 2014 - Ionia, MI Attorney General's report lists errors revealed by Michael Elliot escape
A new report from the Michigan Attorney General lists a hosts of failures and errors that led to the escape of convict Michael Elliot.Elliot escaped from an Ionia County prison in February by reportedly slipping under prison gates and making holes in fences. After escaping, he allegedly carjacked a woman and made her travel with him until she escaped at a gas station in Middlebury. Elliot was ...
20, Aug 2014 - Saginaw, MI 'Orange Is the New Black' Makes Orange Jumpsuits Popular
A Michigan county jail is taking no style prisoners.
20, Aug 2014 - Woman sought to testify
A Michigan woman is being sought by certificate service as a key witness in the September trial of a Nashville man charged with manslaughter in the December, 2012, traffic accident deaths of a Nashville couple.
20, Aug 2014 - Guilty plea in attempted robbery with hammer
GOSHEN — A Michigan man pleaded guilty in Elkhart Circuit Court Thursday to a charge of attempted armed robbery using a hammer.
20, Aug 2014 - Biz Notes: River Forest attorney elected second vice president of Illinois Bar Foundation
Aug. 18 2 p.m. • Ashley N. Garfield, of Glenview, recently joined the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd. She received her Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago after graduating with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan.
20, Aug 2014 - Hazel Park, MI Court of appeals in Cincinnati hears Midwest gay marriage ban cases
The eyes of Michigan and three other Midwest states will be on Cincinnati this week when the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments on gay marriage bans.
20, Aug 2014 - Challenges to gay marriage bans: Where they stand
State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since last summer, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them, and a federal Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear arguments Wednesday on cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
20, Aug 2014 - Jury deliberating in ND crew camp killing
Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a Michigan man accused of fatally stabbing his friend at an oil field crew camp in North Dakota.
20, Aug 2014 - Jackson, MI More inmate romance in Michigan prisons - this time a guard is accused
Two corrections officers at a Michigan prison in Jackson were suspended and face possible firings. One case involves an officer suspected of having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.
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