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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01, Sep 2014 - Tuscola, MI Michigan mudbogger who ran over 3 people takes plea; faces prison time
A Millington man has accepted a plea deal related to charges that he was drunk when he ran over and injured three people at a mud bogging event in Tuscola County.
01, Sep 2014 - County, MI Cleveland Judge Lance Mason’s House Turned Upside Down To Reveal An Armory Of Weapons
Cleveland Judge Lance Mason’s house was searched Saturday, revealing smoke grenades, semi-automatic rifles, a sword, a bulletproof vest, and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition. Lance Mason was first appointed to the Common Pleas court by former Governor Ted Strickland in August 2008. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and served as
01, Sep 2014 - Lapeer, MI Couple to return to court in fatal dog attack
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan couple is expected back in court on charges of second-degree murder in the mauling death of a 46-year-old jogger by a pair of dogs they owned. A preliminary examination was scheduled Friday for 45-year-old Sebastiano Quagliata and his 44-year-old wife, Valbona Lucaj. ...
01, Sep 2014 - Kalamazoo, MI Judge expected to rule on Michigan man's life sentence
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A judge will decide how long a Kalamazoo man, sentenced to life in prison as a teen, should stay behind bars.
01, Sep 2014 - County, MI Union says Detroit bankruptcy disrupting contract negotiations
Detroit's largest union said on Monday that the city's historic bankruptcy proceedings have given the management of the water and sewer department opportunities to disrupt bargaining units and strip union members of job protections. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Michigan Council 25 filed a motion late Monday to clarify or lift an automatic court stay on ...
01, Sep 2014 - Kent, MI Prisoner gets 25-50 years for 2004 Michigan murder
An inmate at a federal prison in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 25 to 50 more years in prison after pleading guilty to a decade-old robbery-slaying in western Michigan.
01, Sep 2014 - County, MI Imprisoned Michigan trucker admits guilt in Pickaway County crash that killed woman
A Michigan truck driver already serving prison time for trying to hide evidence in a fatal Pickaway County crash pleaded guilty yesterday to vehicular manslaughter. Tracy Ferrell, 42, received the maximum sentence for the misdemeanor charge, 90 days, but it won’t add anything to his prison term. Ferrell already is serving 15 months for attempted tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony ...
01, Sep 2014 - Wayne, MI ‘Porch shooter’ Theodore Wafer found guilty in shooting of unarmed teen
(CNN) – A Michigan man accused of gunning down an unarmed young woman on his front porch in November was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing a firearm while committing a felony. Theodore Wafer, 55, faces a possible life prison term when sentenced on August 21. The jury deliberated for a little less […]
31, Aug 2014 - Washtenaw, MI Male guards can sue over jobs at Huron Valley women's prison
Pittsfield Township — The Michigan appeals court Wednesday cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit by dozens of male guards who said they've been denied overtime and job assignments at the state's only prison for women solely because they're men.
31, Aug 2014 - Washtenaw, MI Gunman gets 18-30 years in prison for Demarius Reed slaying
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A man who confessed to robbing and killing Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed has been sentenced to 18 to 30 years in prison.
31, Aug 2014 - Washtenaw, MI Male guards can sue over jobs at women's prison
Male guards can sue over jobs at women's prison The Michigan appeals court on Wednesday cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit by dozens of male guards who said they've been denied overtime and job assignments at the state's only prison for women solely because they're men. AP Wire Lansing Aug 21, 2014 if (!window.OX_ads) { OX_ads = []; } OX_ads.push({ "auid" : "436967" }); document.write ...
31, Aug 2014 - Editorial: Courts should uphold limits on Indian casinos
Meanwhile, the Bay Mills Indian Tribe wants to reopen its closed facility near Vanderbilt in northern Michigan's Otsego County and establish new casinos near Flint and Port Huron.
31, Aug 2014 - Detroit, MI High court hopeful's abortion stance stirs up Mich. Democrats before convention
A decision by Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Murphy to run for the Michigan Supreme Court has stirred up opposition from pro-abortion rights forces ahead of this weekend's Democratic state convention.
31, Aug 2014 - Genesee, MI Flint Serial Stabber Sues To Be Sent To Israel
A man serving a life sentence for murder in a series of stabbings in Michigan is suing to try to be sent to Israel, his native country.
31, Aug 2014 - Genesee, MI Israeli man convicted of murder, suspected in 14 Flint-area stabbings wants to be deported
A man serving a life sentence for murder in a series of stabbings in Michigan is suing to try to be sent to Israel, his native country.
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