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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20, Dec 2014 - Albion, MI 41 years for man who tried to kill mom with rifle
A convicted sex offender has been sentenced to 41 to 82 years in prison for shooting his mother in her bedroom at their western Michigan home.
20, Dec 2014 - Kalamazoo, MI Thorngate takes the stand in murder trial
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan man accused of beating another man he met on Craigslist and leaving him for dead took the stand Tuesday morning during his murder trial.
20, Dec 2014 - M, MI University of Michigan to Study GlycoMimetics’ GMI-1271 as Potential Treatment for Serious Blood-
GlycoMimetics, Inc. today announced that the University of Michigan has dosed the first healthy volunteer in a Phase 1 clinical trial of GMI-1271, a novel and proprietary E-selectin antagonist.
20, Dec 2014 - Kalamazoo, MI Man spending life in prison in Kalamazoo murder has appeal denied
The Michigan Court of Appeals denied John Aguilar's appeal in an opinion filed Thursday.
20, Dec 2014 - Kent, MI Michigan man gets 30 years in prison for $46.5M Ponzi scheme that bilked elderly investors
A western Michigan man convicted of operating a $46.5 million Ponzi scheme that targeted elderly investors was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Wednesday.
20, Dec 2014 - Saginaw, MI Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan offers English class on 'Orange is the New Black
Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan is offering a new course that focuses on the popular Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." Assistant Professor of English Kim Lacey will use the show about inmates of a female prison as a basis when she teaches Writing about Oppression on TV this winter.
20, Dec 2014 - Grand Rapids , MI ‘A burden lifted off this whole community:’ Break in Battaglia case brings far-reaching closure
BELDING, Mich. — 24 years later, one of the biggest questions in one of West Michigan’s most prominent unsolved cold cases is now answered, as police revealed Friday who they believe killed Joel Battaglia. Aurelius Marshall, 56, was arraigned in Grand Rapids District Court Friday for felony murder and open murder in the death of […]
20, Dec 2014 - U.S. judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin. U.S. wildlife managers in 2012 lifted federal protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes, including Michigan ...
20, Dec 2014 - Mason, MI Arab activist freed awaiting immigration sentence
DETROIT (AP) — An Arab community activist has been released from a Michigan jail to await her sentence for failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction for bombings that kil…
20, Dec 2014 - Great Lakes wolves ordered returned to endangered list
A federal judge's order has put the gray wolf back on the endangered species list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan -- a decision that, unless overturned, stops the hunting and trapping of wolves in the three states.
20, Dec 2014 - Kalamazoo, MI 'School-to-prison pipeline' topic of meeting
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The trend of children moving from the classroom into the criminal justice system will be discussed at the next meeting of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.
20, Dec 2014 - Kent, MI Michigan man gets 30 years for $46.5M Ponzi scheme
A western Michigan man convicted of operating a $46.5 million Ponzi scheme that targeted elderly investors was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Wednesday. David McQueen, 44, was convicted earlier ...
20, Dec 2014 - Whittaker, MI A reminder to employers: FMLA notice is the key!
(12/15) The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeal—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently reminded employers that providing proper notice to employees is key to administering the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The 6th Circuit upheld the district court's ruling that the employer interfered with its employee's FMLA rights when it failed to notify her of the consequences for ...
20, Dec 2014 - Kent, MI Michigan man targets the elderly in $46.5M Ponzi scheme
A western Michigan man convicted of operating a $46.5 million Ponzi scheme that targeted elderly investors was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Wednesday.
20, Dec 2014 - Enbridge settles Michigan class-action lawsuit
The Canadian company responsible for a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan has agreed to pay about $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit. A federal judge must still approve the settlement reached ...
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