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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24, Jul 2014 - Kalamazoo, MI Former radio host now facing federal child porn charges
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former West Michigan radio host accused of child molestation is now facing charges at the federal level. According to court documents filed Wednesday at U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, John Balyo is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. Balyo allegedly took sexually explicit […]
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24, Jul 2014 - Gladwin, MI Convicted Killer Who Escaped Prison Will Represent Himself At Trial
A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison on Super Bowl Sunday will represent himself at trial on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.
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24, Jul 2014 - Branch, MI DNA evidence helps convict Michigan bank robber
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24, Jul 2014 - Traverse City, MI MI Supreme Court: Rulings on Teen Murder Cases to be Upheld
Michigan's Supreme Court says inmates serving no-parole sentences for murders committed when they were teenagers will not get new hearings. 
24, Jul 2014 - Ann Arbor, MI Trial Set To Begin In Murder Of Former Simeon Football Star
The family of a Chicago man murdered last fall in Michigan will be in court this week in Ann Arbor, as one of the accused killers goes on trial.
24, Jul 2014 - Michigan Supreme Court denies parole hearings to juvenile lifers
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Tuesday that juveniles given automatic life-without-parole sentences aren't eligible for parole — even though the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 2012 that such sentences were unconstitutional.
24, Jul 2014 - Wayne, MI Court throws out conviction in'83 fatal stabbing in Highland Park
Highland Park — The Michigan appeals court has overturned a murder conviction in a Wayne County case that took about 30 years to bring to trial.
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DETROIT — Attorney General Bill Schuette announced earlier this week that his Criminal Division had secured felony convictions against two Southeast Michigan men for their roles in an extensive sports betting ring.
24, Jul 2014 - Taylor, MI Former Michigan OL Taylor Lewan will stand trial for assault charges
Taylor Lewan will have a jury trial in October for assault charges stemming from a December incident.
24, Jul 2014 - Pennsylvania prisoner pleads guilty to 2004 Michigan murder
Walter Antraell Wilson told police last week he killed Robert Anthony Farmer in 2004. The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Kent County court this week.
24, Jul 2014 - Vassar, MI Michigan man accused of hitting 3 people with truck at mud bog facing trial
A trial has been ordered for a Michigan man who is accused of running over three people at a mud-bog event in Tuscola County's Vassar Township.
24, Jul 2014 - Oakland, MI Southfield woman who shot lover will surrender after bond is revoked
Pontiac — A Southfield woman convicted of shooting her lover because she was upset with the quality of his sexual performance will surrender to authorities later today after the Michigan Court of Appeals revoked her bond, her attorney said Thursday
24, Jul 2014 - Wayne, MI Prison food supplier has Michigan officials at wit's end
A prison kitchen privatization move intended to save the state more than $12 million a year has become a major headache for Gov. Rick Snyder, whose officials are considering scrapping a $145-million, three-year contract with Aramark Correctional Services of Philadelphia.
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