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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23, Apr 2014 - Groups react to Supreme Court decision upholding ban on race-based admissions (+video)
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan ban on affirmative action. Opponents and supporters of the ban weighed in after the ruling.
23, Apr 2014 - High Court Upholds Mich. Affirmative Action Ban
The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.
23, Apr 2014 - Groups react to Supreme Court decision upholding ban on race-based admissions
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan ban on affirmative action. Opponents and supporters of the ban weighed in after the ruling.
23, Apr 2014 - Detroit, MI Detroit Motorist Beating: Four Suspects To Stand Trial
Four men will stand trial on charges of attempted murder after an attack on a motorist. The driver accidentally hit a 10-year-old boy with his vehicle in Detroit, Michigan. The 54-year-old driver, Steven Utash spent a few days in a …
23, Apr 2014 - Wayne, MI Michigan murderer arraigned in Ionia prison escape
Michael Elliot appeared Wednesday afternoon in Ionia District Court. Judge Raymond Voet entered a not-guilty plea on Elliot's behalf. Voet scheduled a court conference for May 5 and a probable-cause hearing for May 7.
23, Apr 2014 - Oakland, MI Dr. Fata seeks change of venue for trial
Attorneys for the Oakland County cancer doctor accused of defrauding Medicare for millions is asking for his federal trial to be moved out of Michigan because of ...
23, Apr 2014 - Muskegon, MI Michigan inmate gets life in prison after beating cellmate with chunk of asphalt
Muskegon — A man who pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing death of his cellmate at a prison in western Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
23, Apr 2014 - Michigan judge tells remorseless killer: ‘I hope you die in prison’
JACKSON, Mi. (PIX11)– A Michigan judge told off a ‘relentless’ felon for smirking during her jail-for-life sentencing on Wednesday. Camia Gamet, 31, will be behind bars for the rest of her days on Earth without the possibility of parole after …
23, Apr 2014 - Manistee, MI Cop-Killer Taken Off Life-Support, Dies
A man serving a life sentence for murdering a Michigan State Trooper has been taken off life-support following a suicide attempt.
23, Apr 2014 - Judge to convicted murderer: “I hope you die in prison”
A Michigan judge had some harsh words for a convicted murderer during her sentence hearing on April 16.cc Judge John...
23, Apr 2014 - Maryland May Be Next State To Debate Affirmative Action
A controversial Supreme Court ruling could affect the way universities admit students. The justices upheld a ban in Michigan preventing public colleges from considering an applicant's race during the admissions process.
23, Apr 2014 - Michigan murderer who escaped Ionia prison arraigned in court
Ionia — A convicted multiple killer who broke out of a Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.
23, Apr 2014 - Supreme Court upholds Michigan's affirmative action ban
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, a key decision in an unfolding legal and political battle nationally over affirmative action.
23, Apr 2014 - Michigan murderer who escaped prison scheduled for court
Ionia — A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison in February is scheduled for arraignment on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.
23, Apr 2014 - Hazel Park, MI Appeals court indefinitely halts gay marriages in Michigan
Associated Press - A federal appeals court on Tuesday put an indefinite halt to gay marriage in Michigan while it takes a longer look at a judge's decision overturning a 2004 ban.
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