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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28, Jul 2014 - Gladwin, MI Report Finds Personnel And Technology Failures Led To Michigan Prisoner’s Escape
A state report looking into the escape of a convicted murder from the Ionia Correctional Facility on Superbowl Sunday has just been released.
28, Jul 2014 - Harold Jackson enters guilty pleas
A three-year-old case came to its final pretrial hearing Tuesday. Harold Marcellus Jackson, of Michigan, was indicted in 2011 for child neglect creating risk of injury, possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a felony.
28, Jul 2014 - Kent, MI Daughter Of Elderly Rape Victim Wishes Revenge On Attacker (Video)
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28, Jul 2014 - Genesee, MI 50 Cent Movie Co-Star Busted In Child Sexual Assault Crime
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28, Jul 2014 - Dickinson Wright Attorney Thomas G. McNeill Will Receive the 2014 Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership
Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Thomas G. McNeill will receive the 2014 State Bar of Michigan's Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award in September. (PRWeb July 02, 2014) Read the full story at
28, Jul 2014 - Muskegon, MI Snyder has 'serious concerns' about private food contract at state prisons
Lansing — A food contract for Michigan's prison system may be in danger after a Gov. Rick Snyder spokeswoman said Thursday '
28, Jul 2014 - Kent, MI Morales Charged with Open Murder, Manslaughter in Benzie County
Northern Michigan's News Leader was in a Benzie County courtroom as a Chicago woman was charged again in the death of her baby. Alyce Morales gave birth to a little girl at a campsite in Beulah last July.
27, Jul 2014 - Saginaw, MI Sheriff drops orange jumpsuits so he can tell cons from fans of Orange is the New Black
A Michigan sheriff says he’s trading orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes to avoid confusion when inmates leave the prison on work details
27, Jul 2014 - Williams sentenced for two drug offenses
A man involved with two drug cases in Marion County has been sentenced to prison. Dante Adam Williams of Lansing, Michigan, was sentenced Monday to one to five years in prison by Marion County Circuit Judge David R. Janes. Williams was arrested in Marion County in January 2013 for possession with intent to deliver marijuana and again in June 2013 on the same charges.
27, Jul 2014 - Jackson, MI Mich. prison food service put on notice for 2nd maggot infestation
— Michigan Department of Corrections officials have put their private prison food service provider on notice about a second corrections facility maggot infestation, department spokesman Russ Marlan confirmed Wednesday.
27, Jul 2014 - Chesapeake faces trial on bid-rigging in Michigan lease sale
(Reuters) - A judge in Michigan has ruled that Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp must face a criminal trial on a charge of bid-rigging with competitor Encana Corp at a 2010 state land lease auction, citing evidence of a conspiracy between the companies that drove state lease prices down sharply. The ruling, issued on Wednesday by Judge Maria Barton of Michigan’s Cheboygan County District ...
27, Jul 2014 - Michigan juvenile lifers still may get freedom, despite Michigan Supreme Court ruling
A Michigan Supreme Court decision that thwarts the hopes of hundreds of inmates seeking relief from no-parole sentences won't end a hot legal issue that's being played out across the country.
27, Jul 2014 - Jackson, MI Michigan Senate majority leader says state should rebid prison food contract
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said Thursday the state should rebid its contract for prison food services, given ongoing problems with the existing contractor, as unions stepped up pressure on Gov. Rick Snyder to return the work to state government employees.
27, Jul 2014 - Jackson, MI Restrictions at Michigan prison because of illness
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Visitors are barred from a state prison near Jackson this weekend as authorities try to control the spread of flu-like symptoms that have hit roughly 150 inmates. Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan says no inmates will be transferred in or out during the quarantine. ...
27, Jul 2014 - Saginaw, MI Black-and-white stripes are jail's new orange
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan sheriff says he's trading orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes as the new attire for his jail inmates in part due to pop culture.
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