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 http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/tcs/records.htm. There is also a downloadable chart of nonpublic records.
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27, Nov 2014 - Washtenaw, MI Man faces new charges after forced labor case ends
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials charged a former African tennis pro with child abuse on Thursday, just days after a federal judge declined to keep him behind bars in a case of fraud, immigration crimes and forced labor.
27, Nov 2014 - Michigan football star Frank Clark arrested for domestic violence
Michigan defensive end Frank Clark is in legal trouble again, locked in an Ohio jail on a domestic violence charge.
27, Nov 2014 - Gay-Marriage Bans Are Upheld In 4 States By Circuit Court
Bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee were confirmed by a federal court Thursday, reversing lower courts' decisions.
27, Nov 2014 - Calhoun, MI Ex-radio host sentenced in Michigan child sex case
A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy.
27, Nov 2014 - Ogemaw, MI Rose City Dentist Refused to Pay Taxes for a Decade, Convicted in Court
A Northern Michigan dentist is in big trouble for not paying his taxes. 
27, Nov 2014 - Family Adopts Ninth Child on State Adoption Day
An Ingham County family adopted its fifth child on Tuesday, becoming a family of 11. It was part of Michigan's 12th annual Adoption Day, where courts across the state held adoption ceremonies including the Supreme Court in Lansing.
27, Nov 2014 - Pontiac, MI Gay Marriage Right Rejected by Appeals Court in U.S. Midwest
A same-sex couple gets married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan. Close A same-sex couple gets married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan.
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The ruling overturns lower court decisions that granted same sex marriage rights in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
27, Nov 2014 - Grand Rapids , MI Prosecutor challenging city's marijuana law
Police/Fire Prosecutor challenging city's marijuana law The Michigan appeals court this week is hearing a challenge to a Grand Rapids law that makes possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense similar to a traffic ticket. AP Wire Grand rapids Nov 12, 2014 (function(e,t){if(t._ym===void 0){t._ym="";var m=e.createElement("script");m.type="text/javascript",m.async=!0,m.src="//static ...
27, Nov 2014 - Multiple People Sentenced on Federal Charges
Multiple people were arrested for drug related charges, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld's office. Amanda Daniels, 26, of Detroit MI, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for transporting prescription painkillers from Michigan to West Virginia.
27, Nov 2014 - Man fights $70k in child support, says child isn't his
DETROIT -- A bizarre child support case in Michigan. The state is demanding a Detroit man pay thousands of dollars or go to prison, even though everyone agrees the child is not his.  "I feel like I'm standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go," Carnell Alexander said. ...
27, Nov 2014 - Same sex couples react after appeals court upholds marriage ban
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The ruling from U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals got a lot of reaction Thursday, especially from those couples who were hoping to get married, or who did tie the knot during the brief period when it was legal in Michigan. “It’s the lifelong commitment. We decided it was important after the […]
27, Nov 2014 - Ottawa, MI Prison sentence for man who dumped mother's body
A western Michigan man who admits dumping his mother's body in the Grand River has been sentenced to prison for violating probation.
27, Nov 2014 - Gay Marriage Bans Upheld By Federal Appeals Court In Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio And Tennessee
A federal appeals court upheld bans on same-sex marriage in four U.S. states on Thursday, in a reversal of a trend that had seen such bans struck down multiple times in recent months. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a 2-1 ruling that reversed lower court rulings in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, which had struck down bans on same-sex marriage, according to CNN .
27, Nov 2014 - Calhoun, MI Former Christian radio host sentenced for sex crimes involving young boy
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A former West Michigan Christian radio host who pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving children has been sentenced. 35-year-old John Balyo was sentenced on Monday at the Calhoun County Justice Center in Battle Creek.
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