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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16, Apr 2014 - Gay marriage in Michigan
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.
16, Apr 2014 - Hazel Park, MI STATE: Michigan's same-sex marriage ruling 'inspiring'
DETROIT — U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman announced Friday, March 21 that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
16, Apr 2014 - Saginaw, MI Man Arrested on Birthday for Talking Too Long at Township Board Meeting; Faces 2 Years in Prison (V
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15, Apr 2014 - Supreme Court Petition To Save The Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross Receives Broad Support
SAN DIEGO, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The States of Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, The American Legion, Veterans with plaques surrounding the Memorial Cross, including Bronze Star Recipient and Retired U.S. Army ...
15, Apr 2014 - Judge dismisses McCotter's suit against intern in petition scandal
Ex-Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's lawsuit alleging a former intern deliberately submitted forged petitions to keep him from seeking re-election has been dismissed.
15, Apr 2014 - Rochester Hills, MI Michigan doctor awaiting trial is among top Medicare recipients
Bloomberg - A metro Detroit cancer doctor accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients and ordering unnecessary treatments is listed among the nation's top Medicare payment recipients, according to data released Wednesday.
15, Apr 2014 - Lansing, MI Domestic partner benefits in court
DETROIT — A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that’s not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday.
15, Apr 2014 - Man sentenced to life for killing 4 Michigan women - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A man convicted of killing four women whom he met through an online escort site opted to stay in his jail cell Tuesday when a Detroit-area judge sentenced him to life in prison in a courtroom packed with victims' relatives.
15, Apr 2014 - Sanilac, MI Michigan's same-sex marriage ban is lifted
April DeBoer, left, and Jayne Rowse pose at their home in Hazel Park. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. The two nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution.
15, Apr 2014 - Judge holding hearing on Michigan's ban on same-sex benefits
Detroit — A judge is being asked to call a time-out in a lawsuit that challenges a Michigan law banning same-sex benefits in public schools and local governments.
15, Apr 2014 - Judge holding hearing on ban on same-sex benefits
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15, Apr 2014 - US judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage
Michigan's ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in a landslide in 2004, was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge who said the ballot box is no defense to a law that tramples the rights of same-sex couples.        
15, Apr 2014 - Farmington, MI Same-sex spouses in limbo in Michigan, despite fed benefits
The U.S. government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages that were performed in Michigan on Saturday before a federal appeals court issued a stay blocking further marriages pending a full review.
15, Apr 2014 - Gay, lesbian couples marry in Michigan
The weddings have happened -- but will they count? A day after a federal judge struck down a Michigan state amendment restricting marriage to between one man and one woman, gay and lesbian couples lined up Saturday to make their unions official. "We never thought that we'd see this day," said Ann Watson, who wed her partner of more than 23 years. "In that sense, it's amazing." Watson -- who ...
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