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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30, Sep 2014 - Judge: Michigan teachers can exit union anytime
Michigan's largest teachers' union should allow members to resign at any time and stop enforcing an annual one-month opt-out window, a state labor judge ruled, relying on the state's right-to-work law ...
30, Sep 2014 - Michigan Supreme Court suspends Detroit judge
Associated Press - A Detroit judge has been suspended without pay by the Michigan Supreme Court. The court said Brenda Sanders didn't follow its June order to cooperate with an independent medical exam. Sanders' mental health and ability to do her job is being challenged by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, which wants her removed from office. Sanders is a judge at Detroit's 36th District ...
30, Sep 2014 - Chippewa, MI Police say prison worker is suspected of seeking hit
State police say a prison food service worker in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is suspected of approaching an inmate about arranging to have another inmate killed
30, Sep 2014 - Suspension sought against 36th District Judge Sanders for 'psychotic delusions'
The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission is seeking the suspension of 36th District Court Judge Brenda Sanders, citing 'psychotic delusions' and alleged judicial misconduct.
30, Sep 2014 - Man pleads guilty in series of sexual assaults of MSU students
At a hearing today in Ingham County Circuit Court, Oswald Wilder, 27, admitted that he sexually assaulted four women - all Michigan State University students - within a two-month span last year.
30, Sep 2014 - Clinton, MI Man pleads guilty in slaying of 19-year-old Michigan State student
Tyrel Bredernitz, 18, of Saline entered the plea Monday in Clinton County Circuit Court. Under an agreement with prosecutors, he's expected to serve at least 15 to 25 years in prison.
30, Sep 2014 - Appeal seeks to open auto insurance fund's books
Lansing — A group is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to force an insurance fund that charges drivers a fee to open its books to the public.
30, Sep 2014 - Kalamazoo, MI Michigan man gets at least 17 years for assault
A Michigan man has been sentenced to 17 to 40 years in prison for assaulting his estranged girlfriend with the intent to commit murder.
30, Sep 2014 - Chippewa, MI Michigan Prison Worker Suspected Of Seeking Hit On Inmate
The prison food service worker allegedly approached an inmate about arranging to have another inmate killed.
30, Sep 2014 - Warren, MI How Will Chesapeake Energy (CHK) Stock React To These Racketeering Charges?
NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aChesapeake Energy Corp. will go to trial in Michigan and face felony racketeering, and other charges relating to its land-leasing practices, Reuters reports. A Michigan state judge, in the Cheboygan District Court, ruled on Monday that the Oklahoma-based natural gas and oil company must stand trial on one count of racketeering and 20 counts of using false pretenses to ...
30, Sep 2014 - Records show Saline teen admitted involvement in murder of MSU student Dustyn Frolka
ST. JOHNS – The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Brendan Heim of Saline, who is awaiting trial in the murder of Michigan State University student Dustyn Frolka, admitted in court documents that he was involved.
30, Sep 2014 - Wayne, MI Detroit porch shooter gets 17 years for killing teen
A tearful judge on Wednesday sent a white Michigan man to prison for at least 17 years for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager on his front porch in a racially charged case that sparked protests in the Detroit area.
30, Sep 2014 - Blues would pay $30M under proposed deal to resolve overbilling allegations
Chad Halcom - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will pay about $30 million to resolve allegations of overbilling for acute care services at Michigan hospitals, if a federal judge approves its proposed settlement later this year.The insurer admits no wrongdoing in creating a $29.99 million settlement fund for competitor insurance companies, self-insured companies and employees with co-payments ...
30, Sep 2014 - Macomb, MI Michigan man gets 25 years for molesting girls
A 67-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting three young girls at his wife's day care center in suburban Detroit.
30, Sep 2014 - Saline resident named Michigan Super Lawyer for 2014
SALINE--Monika Sacks, a founding partner of the family law firm Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2014, a distinction granted through peer ratings to fewer than three percent of attorneys statewide.
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