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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26, Jan 2015 - Monroe, MI Police: Driver fleeing officers takes wrong turn, smashes into Ohio prison's parking lot
Police in Ohio say a Michigan man who drove away from a traffic stop smashed through a gate and landed right in a prison parking lot.
26, Jan 2015 - Kalamazoo, MI Supreme Court to hear gay marriage cases
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Friday afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear gay marriage cases involving Michigan and three other states.
26, Jan 2015 - Monroe, MI Fleeing suspect drives right into Ohio prison's parking lot
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a Michigan man who drove away from a traffic stop smashed through a gate and landed right in a prison parking lot.
26, Jan 2015 - Lawyer's rants against gay student not protected, court says
Lawyer's rants against gay student not protected, court says A state attorney fired for an anti-gay campaign against a college student can't collect unemployment benefits, the Michigan appeals court says, rejecting claims that his off-hours activities were protected by the First Amendment. AP Wire Lansing Jan 11, 2015 (function(e,t){if(t._ym===void 0){t._ym="";var m=e.createElement("script");m ...
26, Jan 2015 - Detroit, MI Michigan Must Recognize Some Same-Sex Marriages, Judge Rules
Michigan officials must recognize 300 same- sex marriages performed one day last spring when the state’s ban on such unions was temporarily lifted by a court order, a federal judge ruled.
26, Jan 2015 - Michigan Supreme Court to hear major right-to-work case
Associated Press - LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that will determine whether state workers are covered by a right-to-work law. The law says public and private workers in Michigan can't be forced to pay union fees as a condition of having a job. The dispute at the state's highest court Tuesday centers on whether the law steps on the turf of the Civil Service ...
26, Jan 2015 - Federal judge rules Michigan must recognize 300-plus same-sex marriages, but stays decision
DETROIT — On the day before the nation's high court could decide whether to take up Michigan's same-sex marriage case, a federal judge ruled that the state must recognize hundreds of such unions performed during a brief window when they were allowed last year.
26, Jan 2015 - Suspect sentenced in Paul DeWolf’s murder
A man has apologized before being sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for his involvement in a shooting of a University of Michigan medica…
26, Jan 2015 - Arkansas Supreme Court silent again this week on same-sex marriage case
For those who know that Thursday is the day that the Arkansas Supreme Court issues opinion weekly: Again no word on the appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling invalidating the state ban on same-sex marriage. No word, period. The Court took up the case on an expedited basis and heard arguments Nov. 19. UPDATE: A federal judge in Michigan today ruled that the state must recognize the marriages of ...
26, Jan 2015 - Saginaw, MI 23-year-old convicted in mother, sister's murders to be sentenced in Saginaw County
A Mid-Michigan man convicted of killing his mother and young sister is expected to be sentenced in Saginaw County court Wednesday.
26, Jan 2015 - Saginaw, MI 23-year-old convicted in mother and sister's murder to be sentenced in Saginaw County
A Mid-Michigan man convicted of killing his mother and young sister is expected to be sentenced in Saginaw County court Wednesday.
26, Jan 2015 - Supreme Court to decide if states can ban gay marriage
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage, delving into a contentious social issue in what will be one of the most anticipated rulings of the year. The court, in a brief order, said it would hear cases concerning marriage restrictions in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. The plaintiffs include two nurses ...
26, Jan 2015 - Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments in major right-to-work case
Associated Press - Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions for those staffers. The 2012 law says public workers in Michigan cannot be forced to pay union fees as a condition of ...
26, Jan 2015 - Con man who racked up $16,146 tab at Nemacolin resort offered prison deal
A Michigan man who impersonated a doctor to con a Fayette County resort out of $16,146 in free lodging and amenities will be banned from ...
26, Jan 2015 - Monroe, MI Police chase ends in prison parking lot
A Michigan man who drove away from a traffic stop smashed through a gate and landed right in a prison parking lot.
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