In Michigan, there are four types of trial courts and two appellate courts. The appellate courts consist of the Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.
Michigan trial courts include District Courts, Probate Courts, Circuit Courts, and Court of Claims. District Courts are responsible for civil cases up to $25,000, traffic violations, misdemeanors, and felony preliminary hearings. Probate Courts handle matters involving wills, estates, guardians, conservators, and protection of incompetent persons. Circuit Courts handle felonies, civil cases over $25,000, and some appeals from lower courts. The family division of the Circuit Court handles cases regarding divorce, adoptions, paternity, protective orders, emancipation of minors, treatment and testing of infectious disease, safe delivery of newborns, name changes, juvenile offenses, child abuse, and child neglect. The Court of Claims tries civil suits against the State, and disputes between citizens and administrative agencies.
Most court records you can access using the resources below, organized by county name. We also have databases listed below for U.S. District Court federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records; and Michigan Supreme & Appellate Court opinions & dockets.
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