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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24, Oct 2014 - Jackson, MI Worker fired amid drug investigation at prison
Another food service worker has been fired on suspicion of smuggling drugs into a Michigan prison.
23, Oct 2014 - Iron, MI State Files Child Abuse Charges Against Man Recently Cleared In Child-Slavery Case
Michigan's attorney general has filed a fresh set of charges against a 45-year-old man whose child-slavery conviction was recently overturned.
23, Oct 2014 - MSU off the hook in woman's lawsuit over fall
The state appeals court says Michigan State University can't be held responsible for the injuries of a young woman who crashed through a window and fell six floors to the ground in 2012.
23, Oct 2014 - Mecosta, MI Man who had standoff sentenced in murder, rapes
A man who had a 10-hour standoff with police in western Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of murder and sexual assault.
23, Oct 2014 - Two Detroit, Michigan men sentenced for dealing heroin in West Huntington
The man described as the head of a large-scale heroin ring operating in West Huntington, Christopher Lamarr-Shawn Harris, 28, has been sentenced to 147 months in prison.
23, Oct 2014 - 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.
23, Oct 2014 - Kalamazoo, MI Sentencing hearing scheduled for Michigan woman who admitted trying to kill autistic daughter
BEULAH, Mich. — Friends and relatives painted conflicting portraits Monday of a Michigan woman who admits trying to kill herself and her autistic daughter, with two former in-laws describing her as selfish and manipulative but with supporters insisting she was a loving mom driven to despair.
23, Oct 2014 - Nashville, MI Titans’ Lewan Expected To Avoid Assault Case Trial
A lawyer for Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan says he expects to reach a deal with prosecutors that would allow his client to avoid trial in a Michigan assault case.
23, Oct 2014 - Michigan Supreme Court travels to hear case
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court will be holding court for high school students in Macomb County. The justices are traveling Wednesday to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts to hear a case involving the death of a child in Wayne County.
23, Oct 2014 - Judges hear appeal on meth conviction during stop at MCHS
MICHIGAN CITY — Three judges from the Indiana Court of Appeals heard the case "Mosley v. State" Tuesday at Michigan City High School as a part of the Appeals on Wheels program.
23, Oct 2014 - Iron, MI Michigan brings child abuse charges for man whose forced labor conviction was thrown out
DETROIT — 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.
23, Oct 2014 - Judge rejects Tompkins plea agreement
MICHIGAN CITY — Judge Kathleen Lang has rejected a plea agreement reached by the state and 17-year-old Asa Tompkins, accused of shooting two other teen boys in a Michigan City alley in June of last ye
23, Oct 2014 - Chat with state Supreme Court candidate Mary Beth Kelly
The Free Press is reaching out to candidates in several key races this November to hold web chats. Today we're talking with Michigan Supreme Court Justice candidate Mary Beth Kelly.
23, Oct 2014 - Sex offender headed back to jail in WV after found in Michigan
A man convicted of sex crimes in 1998 is back in jail for failing to register as a sex offender. Christopher Preston went before Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick in Raleigh County on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.
23, Oct 2014 - Ruth, MI Wayne County judicial seats
Wayne County voters in several communities will select judges for district and circuit courts Nov. 2. Michigan's district court judges arraign and set bail for people accused of felonies, decide whether to bind those defendants over for trial, and hear traffic cases, most misdemeanors and civil suits in which the amount contested is $25,000 or less.
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