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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31, Oct 2014 - Michigan Woman Accepted $250 In Settlement Over Starbucks Coffee Discs After Two Years Of Litigatio
In what might have been a class-action case, a Michigan woman accepted $250 as a settlement in a case against Starbucks and Kraft Foods. The legal fees the woman’s lawyer seeks amount to $175,000, on the other hand. Pam Montgomery of Okemos, Michigan told U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist that she purchased a Tassimo brewer Michigan Woman Accepted $250 In Settlement Over Starbucks Coffee Discs ...
31, Oct 2014 - Notorious Flint sex abuse case surfaces in northern Michigan race for judge
One of Flint's most notorious sex abuse cases has resurfaced after nearly two decades in an unlikely place -- part of a campaign for a judgeship 200 miles north of here.
31, Oct 2014 - Court: Election fraud is a lesser charge
Court: Election fraud is a lesser charge Election fraud charges against a Grand Haven man should stay at the misdemeanor level, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled. Becky Vargo Oct 30, 2014 Brandon Hall, 25, said he now plans to fight the charges in a yet-to-be-scheduled District Court trial. This was the third time that Hall was successful in keeping the more serious forgery charge at ...
31, Oct 2014 - Sheriff: Michigan man arrested after fleeing court
Authorities say they have captured a man who fled a Mason County courthouse after being sentenced to jail.
31, Oct 2014 - Troy, MI Data on new court model indicate shorter time to resolve cases
Chad Halcom - Michigan's new business courts may be shaving months off the average time to close lawsuits between companies or their owners and managers, compared with how such cases fared in years past, when they were tried among the pack of other civil suits. Judges in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties collectively have reviewed and resolved at least 1,443 business court lawsuits ...
31, Oct 2014 - Guest column: Inaugural tribal-state court forum addresses child welfare issues
The Michigan Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum, which was created this year and held its first meeting in Petoskey this week, provides an ongoing venue for all three jurisdictions to convene and improve working relations and communications.
30, Oct 2014 - Cadillac, MI Former Osceola road commission manager loses court appeal
REED CITY — The Michigan Court of Appeals has affirmed the conviction of a former Osceola County Road Commission manager whom a jury found guilty of perjury.
30, Oct 2014 - Emmet, MI UPDATE: Jury Convicts Amber Smith of Murder
Northern Michigan's News Leader is back in an Emmet County courtroom for the Amber Smith murder trial today. 
30, Oct 2014 - Michigan Appeals Court Rules That Medical Marijuana Law Trumps Unemployment Law
A new ruling in a Michigan appeals court stated that if an employee gets fired only because they use medical marijuana, they still qualify for unemployment benefits. Three lower Michigan courts’ rulings were upheld: In Michigan, medical marijuana laws trump unemployment laws. In other words, if you live in Michigan and get fired because you Michigan Appeals Court Rules That Medical Marijuana Law ...
30, Oct 2014 - Indiana man who attacked, killed fellow Purdue student on campus found dead in prison cell
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — State correction officials say an Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student earlier this year has been found dead in his prison cell.
30, Oct 2014 - Supreme Court denies Chesterfield Township’s request to appeal Rosie O’Grady’s ruling
The Michigan Supreme Court recently denied a request from Chesterfield Township to appeal previous rulings involving Rosie O’Grady’s restaurant and about $30,000 in sewer tap fees.
30, Oct 2014 - Pontiac, MI Court won't overturn $144M malpractice verdict
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has upheld a $144 million verdict in the 1995 birth of a suburban Detroit girl who can't walk or talk and requires full-time care.
30, Oct 2014 - Muskegon, MI Man charged with killing 4 women in western Michigan, including his wife back in 1989
An ex-convict has been charged with killing four women in western Michigan — two this week and two back in 1989 after a prison escape.
30, Oct 2014 - Frequently Asked Questions about imminent gay marriage ruling
A ruling from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected any day regarding six cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee dealing with gay marriage. Here's what you need to know.
30, Oct 2014 - Big Rapids, MI UPDATE: Willis Found Guilty in Rape, Murder Trial
Northern Michigan's News Leader is keeping a close eye on a trial in Mecosta County. It's a case involving a police standoff, murder and rape.
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