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New information for trial courts on requirements and other operational matters.  Updated regularly; SCAO Monthly Brief (a summary of items posted over the last month) sent the third Thursday of each month.


SCAO Communications


FOCB Memoranda


Connections Newsletter

Quarterly newsletter providing up-to-date information on topics concerning the trial courts.​​​​

image: Michigan Supreme CourtThe State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) is the administrative agency of the Michigan Supreme Court. Article VI, Section 3 of the Michigan Constitution states that the Michigan Supreme Court "shall appoint an administrator of the courts and other assistants of the supreme court as may be necessary to aid in the administration of the courts of this state." The Supreme Court has administrative oversight of Michigan's courts and exercises that oversight through the SCAO.


What's New for Trial Courts


gET ANSWERS TO E-filing frequently asked questions

The State Court Administrative Office has developed answers to FAQs about the statewide e-filing initiative for courts and for filers. Statewide e-filing will help trial courts become more efficient and improve service to the public. 

Find FAQs for courts here.
Find FAQs for filers here.

msc featured in national center for state courts 2016 'trends' publication

The National Center for State Courts has featured the Michigan Supreme Court's Performance Measures initiative in its recently-released 2016 Trends in State Courts publication. The article highlights how the Michigan Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) use performance measures to generate critical data to improve service to the public. The pathway to implementation of metrics, barriers to change, and lessons learned will be reviewed. Find the article on p. 81 of the publication.



Workshop on abstract & criminal history reporting

The Michigan State Police and Secretary of State are collaborating to present a one-day training/workshop on Abstracting & Criminal History Reporting. SCAO Judicial Information Systems and Trial Court Services staff will also be available to answer questions. The training will be offered on three upcoming dates: June 8 in Gaylord; June 9 in Gaylord; and July 19 in Marquette. Read more and register here​.

msc issues 2015 annual report

With a focus on successful initiatives to improve service to the public, the Michigan Supreme Court has released its 2015 Annual Report. The report highlights reforms to measure and report on court performance, increase access, improve efficiency, and save money in Michigan’s judicial branch. MSC Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. recently presented highlights of the report to legislators.​ Click to read the report​.  




State Court

Administrative Office

Hall of Justice

925 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 373-0128

Fax: (517) 373-9831

Contact Us


T​he SCAO Staff Directory provides useful information about services provided to trial courts by SCAO staff and includes e-mail addresses and phone numbers. The new directory helps to achieve our mission: Trial courts serve the public; SCAO serves the trial courts.

Judiciary Dashboard

See statewide performance measures for the judiciary.


Trial Court Performance Measures

See performance measures for individual trial courts.