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 There is also a downloadable chart of nonpublic records.
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12, Oct 2014 - Gladwin, MI Elliot Admits to Escaping from Prison
A convicted murder has pleaded guilty to escaping from a western Michigan prison in February. Michael Elliot was captured in Indiana one day after escaping from the Ionia Correctional Facility.
12, Oct 2014 - Manistee, MI Brothers ordered to stand trial, held without bond in cold case murder
WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two West Michigan brothers have been ordered to stand trial in a cold case murder.
12, Oct 2014 - Indiana man gets 10 years for molesting baby
A 22-year-old Michigan City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting an 11-month-old girl.
12, Oct 2014 - Gladwin, MI Quadruple Murderer Pleads Guilty To Escaping Michigan Prison
Officials say Michael Elliot managed to escape primarily because guards didn’t properly operate motion-detector alarms at the gate where he broke out.
12, Oct 2014 - Prison food contractor boosts pay, staff
Prison food contractor boosts pay, staff An overseer hired by the state after a series of problems said Wednesday that Michigan's prison food service contractor will boost worker pay, staffing levels and training. AP Wire Lansing Oct 2, 2014 Ed Buss told reporters in Lansing that better staffing alleviates other problems, and overall performance of Aramark Correctional Services "needs to be much ...
12, Oct 2014 - Saginaw, MI Michigan woman sentenced in Crawford County Court
MEADVILLE — A Michigan woman was sentenced in Crawford County Court Monday, for attacking a 7-year-old girl last year and holding the girl’s head down so she couldn’t breathe.
12, Oct 2014 - Detroit, MI Crain's week in news, Sept. 20-26: GM appoints Blanchard to lead city initiatives; Shafer named
Crain's staff - General Motors Co. appointed John K. Blanchard as lead executive for the company's initiatives and projects within the city of Detroit and communities throughout Southeast Michigan. Blanchard, 52, has been director of GM local government relations since 2011. He will continue to represent the company on several local boards and commissions and will be recommended to serve as GM's ...
12, Oct 2014 - Farmington, MI Dearborn resident charged in connection with health kickback scheme
A Dearborn and a Farmington Hills resident were arrested Wednesday on charges related to a Medicare fraud scheme, according to an announcement from Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan.
12, Oct 2014 - Kalamazoo, MI Mixed testimony in sentencing of Michigan mother
BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — 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.
12, Oct 2014 - Manistee, MI Updated: Kelli Stapleton still awaits sentencing
MANISTEE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A northern Michigan woman who acknowledged trying to kill herself and her young daughter with autism is scheduled to be sentenced Monday morning.Kelli Stapleton is facing up to life in prison.Last month she pleaded guilty
12, Oct 2014 - County, MI Oreos, broken lights, angry creditors: Detroit manager faced many pressures
When Kevyn Orr became Detroit's emergency manager 18 months ago, he sparked mistrust among residents and even created the possibility of civil unrest, he testified on Monday. Orr, a corporate bankruptcy attorney tapped by Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder in March 2013 to turn around Detroit's financial problems, said civil unrest fanned by "some elements" was a real concern as ...
12, Oct 2014 - Wayne, MI Michigan man set to stand trial in wife's slaying
A suburban Detroit man who authorities say arranged the death of his wife is set to stand trial.
12, Oct 2014 - Michigan prison food contractor boosts pay, staff
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An overseer hired by the state after a series of problems said Wednesday that Michigan's prison food service contractor will boost worker pay, staffing levels and training.
11, Oct 2014 - V, MI Same-sex marriage milestone
After the U.S. Supreme Court let stand same-sex marriage laws in five states today, Michigan supporters are waiting to join the club. But the proverbial jury is still out.
11, Oct 2014 - Wayne, MI Man gets life in Michigan couple's dismemberment
A man convicted of killing a Detroit-area couple and dumping their body parts into the Detroit River has been ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison.
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