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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21, Sep 2014 - End of an era: Longest serving state judge Sutherland’s term nearing end
The longest-serving judge in Michigan is in the home stretch of a storied career spanning six decades.
21, Sep 2014 - Biz Notes: River Forest attorney elected second vice president of Illinois Bar Foundation
Aug. 23 9:18 a.m. • Ashley N. Garfield, of Glenview, recently joined the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd. She received her Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago after graduating with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan.
21, Sep 2014 - Prison for California man who met Michigan girl online
A California man accused of enticing a western Michigan girl over the Internet and taking her to Missouri has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison.
21, Sep 2014 - Kalkaska, MI DNA evidence frees northern Michigan man in prison for 15 years
The county prosecutor today agreed to drop charges and free Jamie Peterson, who served 15 years of a life sentence in state prison for the murder of an elderly woman in Kalkaska, Mich.
21, Sep 2014 - Ex-Florida prison chief monitors Michigan contract
Gov. Rick Snyder's administration has hired the former chief of prisons in Florida and Indiana to oversee Michigan's troubled three-year, $145 million contract with a company supplying inmates with food. ...
21, Sep 2014 - Benzie, MI Mom Who Tried To Kill Her Autistic Daughter Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse
Kelli Stapleton, a Northern Michigan mom who tried to kill her autistic daughter Isabelle and herself, has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of first-degree child abuse, MSN is reporting. In a plea entered Tuesday morning in Benzie County Circuit Court, Mrs. Stapleton avoided a trial for attempted murder. Nevertheless, she is still facing life Mom Who Tried To Kill Her Autistic Daughter Pleads ...
21, Sep 2014 - Ex-Florida Prison Chief Monitors Michigan Troubled Contract
Gov. Rick Snyder has hired the former chief of prisons in Florida and Indiana to oversee Michigan's troubled three-year, $145M contract with a company supplying inmates with food.
21, Sep 2014 - Kalamazoo, MI Man convicted of pimping teens outside Tinley Park hotel
A man who brought a woman and two teens to a Tinley Park hotel in 2011 to engage in prostitution at what he thought was a bachelor party has been convicted of sex trafficking, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Fabriel “Face” Delaney — formerly of Palatine and a resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the time of his arrest — was taken into custody by FBI agents on July 22, 2011 outside a Tinley Park ...
21, Sep 2014 - Kalkaska, MI Case to be dropped in Michigan against man in prison for 16 years
Kalkaska — A lawyer says a northern Michigan prosecutor is dropping charges against a man who has spent 16 years in prison for first-degree murder.
21, Sep 2014 - Michigan Supreme Court appoints administrator
The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed a new administrator for a commission that investigates and prosecutes allegations of attorney misconduct.
21, Sep 2014 - Kalkaska, MI Case to be dropped; man in prison for 16 years
Police/Fire Case to be dropped; man in prison for 16 years A northern Michigan prosecutor is dropping charges against a man who has spent 16 years in prison for the death of a retired school counselor, a lawyer said Friday. AP Wire kalkaska Sep 7, 2014 The disclosure was made in a Kalkaska County court. Judge Janet Allen recently ordered a new trial and threw out Jamie Peterson's rape and first ...
21, Sep 2014 - Benzie, MI Kelli Stapleton Averts Murder Trial by Pleading Guilty to Abuse of Daughter with Autism
The Michigan mother and former blogger on autism issues still faces the possibility of life in prison
21, Sep 2014 - Ionia, MI Murderer guilty of Michigan prison escape
Escapee caught in LaPorte County
21, Sep 2014 - Judge: Michigan teachers should be able to 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 that took effect last year.
21, Sep 2014 - Snyder hires ex-Florida prisons chief to monitor Michigan food service contract
Associated Press - LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder's administration has hired the former chief of prisons in Florida and Indiana to oversee Michigan's troubled three-year, $145 million contract with a company supplying inmates with food. Edwin Buss began work Sept. 2 and will be paid $160,000 a year. His salary is being covered with a $200,000 fine that the state levied last month against Aramark ...
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