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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21, Oct 2014 - U.S. high court declines BCBSM's appeal; $6 million judgment stands over hidden fees
Chad Halcom - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s long court battle with an automotive supplier that maintains a design center in Rochester Hills appears to be over, after the U.S. Supreme Court today declined to take up its appeal. The high court without comment denied certiorari in that case and more than 100 others Monday, meaning a 2013 judgment in Detroit for more than $6 million in favor ...
21, Oct 2014 - Judge to rule on Detroit bankruptcy plan in early November
Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said he would issue an oral ruling in court late that week on whether the plan is fair to creditors and feasible for the city to carry out. The wrap-up of the historic bankruptcy comes after Detroit reached settlements with all of its major creditors, including its two retirement systems and companies that guaranteed payments on the city's bonds. Michigan Governor ...
21, Oct 2014 - Michigan Appeals Court reviewing Oakley resident's demand for police reservist names, donor inf
The Michigan Court of Appeals will consider written arguments in a Freedom of Information Act case in which an Oakley resident asked in separate requests for the names of Oakley Police Department reserve officers and donors to the village.
21, Oct 2014 - No Additional Prison for Man in Forced Labor Case
Judge orders no more prison time for man whose Michigan forced labor conviction was thrown out
21, Oct 2014 - Judge orders no more prison time for man whose Michigan forced labor conviction was thrown out
A judge on Monday declined to keep a former African tennis pro in prison after an appeals court threw out the most serious conviction in a case of fraud, immigration crimes and forced labor at his Michigan home.
20, Oct 2014 - Oakland, MI 76-year-old woman who killed grandson loses appeal
The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the murder conviction and sentence of suburban Detroit woman who killed her 17-year-old grandson.
20, Oct 2014 - Branch, MI Losik to prison for meth
COLDWATER — Unable to handle his addiction to meth himself, Devon Losik will have 38 months to 10 years in Michigan prison to try to get off the drug.
20, 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.
20, 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.
20, Oct 2014 - Trial expected for man who protested oil pipeline
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A man who spent about 10 hours inside an oil pipeline under construction in southern Michigan is expected to face trial.
19, Oct 2014 - Benzie, MI Woman Sentenced In Newborn’s Death
A suburban Chicago woman accused of killing her newborn at a northern Michigan campground has been sentenced to 29 months in prison.
19, Oct 2014 - Lake, MI Attempt to smuggle drugs to inmate foiled, police say
MICHIGAN CITY — Three women who allegedly left a large amount of cocaine and other contraband inside the courthouse in Michigan City for an inmate to retrieve and take back to prison were apprehended
19, Oct 2014 - Brothers who fled drug trial face long sentences
Federal prosecutors are seeking life sentences for two Detroit-area brothers who fled Michigan before a jury convicted them of drug trafficking.
19, Oct 2014 - Nasty primary may hurt GOP in Michigan House race - Supreme Court allows Texas to enforce new voter
House Democrats are not expected to make big gains in the midterms, but they are optimistic about winning a Republican-held seat in Michigan in the aftermath of a nasty GOP primary in which a “foreclosure king” defeated an incumbent portrayed as a “Santa Claus impersonator.”
19, Oct 2014 - Ingham, MI Teen admits arson over arranged marriage
Police/Fire Teen admits arson over arranged marriage A Michigan teenager admitted to setting a fire in her house while her parents were sleeping because she didn't want to get engaged in an arranged marriage. AP Wire Lansing Sep 21, 2014 The 17-year-old from Albania pleaded guilty in an Ingham County court Wednesday to second-degree arson, the Lansing State Journal reported. She told the judge ...
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