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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23, Sep 2014 - Michigan man gets life in prison for murder
A Washtenaw County judge has sentenced a man to life in prison for stabbing a woman to death in front of her 4-year-old twin sons last year.
23, Sep 2014 - Michigan Supreme Court suspends Detroit judge
Associated Press - A Detroit judge has been suspended without pay by the Michigan Supreme Court. The court said Brenda Sanders didn't follow its June order to cooperate with an independent medical exam. Sanders' mental health and ability to do her job is being challenged by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, which wants her removed from office. Sanders is a judge at Detroit's 36th District ...
23, Sep 2014 - Wayne, MI Tearful judge gives man 17 years for Michigan porch shooting
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A tearful judge on Wednesday sent a white Michigan man to prison for at least 17 years for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager on his front porch in a racially charged case that sparked protests in the Detroit area. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Dana Hathaway sentenced Theodore Wafer, 55, to a mandatory two years for felony firearm usage followed by ...
23, Sep 2014 - Allegan, MI Prison for man who met girl online
Police/Fire Prison for man who met girl online A California man accused of enticing a West Michigan girl over the Internet and taking her to Missouri has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison. AP Wire undefined Sep 4, 2014 Joseph Arpin appeared Wednesday in Grand Rapids federal court, three months after pleading guilty to online enticement. Prosecutors say there were multiple sexual ...
23, Sep 2014 - Ingham, MI Two Brothers Found Guilty Of Torturing Their Family Pit Bull
Two brothers in Michigan were found guilty of animal torture this week after a jury heard testimony about the pain they inflicted on their family’s pit bull. In the hearing, one witness testified seeing the two brothers, Nicholas Conley, 31, and Benjamin Conley, 34, torture the pit bull. The court heard testimony that the younger
23, Sep 2014 - Man apologizes for drug-filled football toss
A Michigan man is apologizing for trying to throw a football loaded with drugs and cellphones into a state prison yard.
23, Sep 2014 - Allegan, MI Prison for man who met west Mich. girl online
Grand Rapids — A California man accused of enticing a west Michigan girl over the Internet and taking her to Missouri has been sentenced to 171/2 years in federal prison.
23, Sep 2014 - Clare, MI Bass Sentenced for Clare County Murder
A Northern Michigan woman will spend at least 15 years in prison for murder. Oanh Kieu-Bass learned her sentence this morning for the murder of Floyd Dennis.
23, Sep 2014 - Court rules against Clinton Twp. woman in sprinkler feud
— A dispute over sprinklers and 21/2 feet of land — at the Michigan Court of Appeals?
23, Sep 2014 - Pontiac, MI Appeal Judge Sees Tradition of Racism in Gay-Marriage Ban
A same-sex couple receive their marriage license at the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Michigan.
23, Sep 2014 - Allegan, MI Prison for California man who met girl online
A California man accused of enticing a western Michigan girl over the Internet and taking her to Missouri has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison.
23, Sep 2014 - Delta, MI Ex-Michigan GOP Committee Member Gets Prison Time For Extortion
Doug Sedenquist was sentenced to three to 20 years in prison.
23, Sep 2014 - Benzie, MI Michigan woman pleads guilty in newborn's death
BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman accused of killing her newborn at a northern Michigan campground has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Alyce Morales made the plea Tuesday in Benzie County Circuit Court. In exchange, a murder charge was dropped.
23, Sep 2014 - Truck Driver Faces Judge For Fatal Crash On State Route 23
A Michigan truck driver was back in court Thursday to answer charges related to a deadly accident on U.S. 23 in Pickaway County.
23, Sep 2014 - Judge orders murder trial for owners of 2 dogs that fatally mauled Michigan jogger
A judge has ordered a Michigan couple to stand trial on murder and other charges in the fatal mauling of a jogger by two of their dogs.
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