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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29, Mar 2015 - Barry, MI Michigan referee's death prompts calls for tougher laws
Attacks on Michigan referees so alarmed Jim Dworman, an accomplished lawyer who also officiates high school basketball and football games, that he contacted his lawmaker two years ago about toughening penalties for such actions. Everything changed with a single punch in a men's recreational soccer game near Detroit last summer. Referee John Bieniewicz, 44, was killed by the blow from player ...
29, Mar 2015 - Barry, MI Appeals Court Won’t Upset Chad Curtis’ Sex Case Convictions
The state appeals court has affirmed the convictions and sentence of former Tigers outfielder Chad Curtis, who is in prison for sexual misconduct with teen girls in western Michigan.
29, Mar 2015 - Obama formally backs gay marriage
Calling state bans on same-sex marriage "incompatible with the Constitution," the Obama administration Friday filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of couples who are making challenges in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
29, Mar 2015 - Defense Expert: 12-Year-Old Boy Incompetent For Murder Trial
A psychiatric expert says a 12-year-old boy is incompetent to face trial in the fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground.
29, Mar 2015 - Chelsea, MI How have we sunk this low? A player was jailed in America for killing a referee who tried to send h
OLIVER HOLT: Tragedies like the one that happened in Michigan are rare but you only had to watch Manchester United–Arsenal and Chelsea-Paris Saint-Germain to know that referees are under siege
29, Mar 2015 - Ann Arbor, MI Study suggests precision medicine for adrenal cancer
( University of Michigan Health System ) In a randomized phase 3 trial, adrenal cancer patients receiving the investigational drug linsitinib fared no better than patients receiving a placebo. But the researchers noticed a small subset of patients who had significant response and remained on the drug for an extended time.
29, Mar 2015 - Lapeer, MI State Can Appeal Class-Action Status In Prison Abuse Case
State attorneys have persuaded the Michigan Supreme Court to intervene and put a temporary freeze on a lawsuit that accuses prison officials of failing to prevent the sexual assault of male teen inmates.
29, Mar 2015 - Ottawa, MI Couple who raped, recorded assault of baby girl both sentenced to life in prison
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A West Michigan couple who admitted to sexually assaulting a 1-year-old girl learned their fate in court Thursday afternoon. Stevie Foehl, 28, and Michael Emory, 26, were both sentenced to life in prison on first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges by Judge Dennis Leiber in 17th Circuit Court. Emory will serve three consecutive […]
29, Mar 2015 - Man facing charges over robbery of three credit unions
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A man accused of robbing three West Michigan credit unions now faces felony charges. According to court documents, police believe Edward Bowen robbed the Preferred Credit Union on Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo twice, once back in May and then again a month later.
29, Mar 2015 - Wayne, MI Michigan man faces up to 15 years in prison for soccer referee's death
DETROIT (Reuters) - A soccer player faces up to 15 years in prison on Friday when he is sentenced for fatally injuring a referee who he punched during a recreational league game in a Detroit suburb last summer.
29, Mar 2015 - Fenton, MI Government cites deadline, wins suit over Army vet's tumor
DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan family suing the government over the untimely diagnosis of an Army veteran's fatal brain tumor has been defeated by the clock. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman ruled in favor of the government and dismissed a lawsuit, saying Jeffrey Spillers' estate missed a two-year deadline by ...
29, Mar 2015 - Leelanau, MI Former Attorney Clarence Gomery Sentenced to Prison
A former attorney charged with plotting to murder a fellow attorney will spend years behind bars. It's case Northern Michigan's Leader has been following from the beginning.
29, Mar 2015 - Wayne, MI Prisoner Says He Killed Cellmate Because He Was A Child Molester
A 51-year-old man already in a Michigan prison for a 1991 slaying faces sentencing in April for killing his cellmate.
29, Mar 2015 - Kingsley, MI Michigan Prisoner Wins 2nd Round; Judge Orders Air Mattress
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29, Mar 2015 - Wayne, MI Man sentenced for killing soccer ref
A man in Michigan was sentenced to eight to 15 years in jail Friday for a punch that resulted in an amateur soccer referee's death. (Eddie Keogh/Reuters/Files)
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