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Trial Court Services (also known as TCS) is the primary source for management support for Michigan's trial courts. Trial Court Services has several units focusing on specific functional areas of trial court administration for the circuit, district, and probate courts.

 

Trial court services staff:

  • provide management assistance and oversight to trial courts in conjunction with regional office staff
  • establish, maintain, and implement performance and procedural standards for trial court administration
  • develop and implement forms
  • provide liaison to court organization and external stakeholder agencies in state and local government
  • implement Supreme Court administrative policy
  • provide assistance with trial court management and planning
  • manage the distribution of information to trial courts
  • develop and implement standards and guidelines for various areas of trial court operations
  • provide support staff to various committees, task forces, workgroups, and various special programs and projects managed by SCAO
  • perform other functions relating to the operations of trial courts

 

Management Assistance

At the request of a trial court, Trial Court Services will conduct management assistance projects to review court operations and procedures in the areas of:

  • general court administration, probation services
  • policies and procedures
  • human resources
  • records and case file management
  • case processing
  • jury management
  • collection and enforcement of court-ordered financial obligation
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    Contact your regional office to discuss your needs and to make arrangements with Trial Court Services. 

     

    Specialized Programs

    Trial Court Services administers the following specialized programs. 

     

    Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review

    The Board of Review, staffed by the State Court Administrative Office, establishes criteria for certification of court reporters and recorders and administers tests for certification of court reporters and recorders. The State Court Administrative Office provides an executive secretary for the board; is responsible for administering tests, maintaining certification lists, and enforcing sanctions for failure to conform to certification and other rules; and publishes guidelines for court reporters and recorders.

     

    Foreign Language Board of Review

    The Foreign Language Board of Review, staffed by the State Court Administrative Office, establishes criteria for certification of foreign language interpreters and administers tests for certification of court interpreters in accordance with Michigan Court Rule 8.127. The State Court Administrative Office provides an executive secretary for the board; is responsible for administering tests, maintaining certification lists, and enforcing sanctions for failure to conform to certification and other rules; and publishes guidelines for foreign language interpreters.

     

    problem-solving Courts

    Over the past few years, there has been a national movement toward utilizing problem-solving courts to address the cyclical nature in which certain offenders move in and out of the criminal justice system. Many problem-solving courts have commenced operations in Michigan.

    Trial Court Services

    PO Box 30048

    Lansing, MI 48909

    Phone: (517) 373-4835

    Fax: (517) 373-0974

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