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Trial Court Operations

 
Resources for the six functional areas of court management and for improving and assessing court operations and services are available below.  In addition, the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide provides summary information on the authority, responsibilities, and duties of the courts and their employees, as well as cross-references to many relevant and useful resources.  For a management overview, see Section 1 of the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide.  For a summary of administrative and educational resources, see Section 2 of the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide.  Other resources are available from the Michigan Judicial Institute, including the Employee Guide to Legal Advice
 

Improving Court Operations and Services

Concurrent Jurisdiction

Information for developing and implementing concurrent jurisdiction plans that remove institutional barriers in the judiciary.

Performance Measures

Information on performance measurement to assess and improve how courts function.
 

Case Management

Information on the processes and resources necessary for managing court cases, including specialized dockets, case assignment, alternate dispute resolution, appointment of counsel, jury management, bail bond and pretrial services, and case management reporting.   In addition to the information on this website, see Section 3 of the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide for details.

Business Courts

Information for developing specialized business courts and plans.

Jury Management

Information on management of the jury system, including types of jury systems, the jury board, jury service, and more.

 

Facilities and Technology Management

Information on the management of court facilities, courthouse security and emergency management, media in the courtroom, and use of technology, including the E-Filing initiative of the State Court Administrative Office. In addition to the information on this website, see Section 7 of the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide for details.

 

Fiscal Management

Information on budgeting, audits, funding sources, problems and disputes with funding, and financial management guidelines.  In addition to the information on this website, see Section 6 of the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide for details.

 

Human Resources Management

Information on personnel administration in the courts, including details on chief judge responsibilities in personnel administration, personnel matters involving the funding unit, personnel and labor relations law, determining qualifications of court staff, ethics, absences from the court, liability protection for the court, and summaries of the duties and responsibilities of trial court positions and other related offices.  In addition to the information on this website, see Section 5 of the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide for details. 

Risk Management

Information on handling of potential claims and liability for judges and court employees.

 

Records Management

Information on managing the creation, maintenance, and disposal of court records, including standards for managing case files.   In addition to the information on this website, see Section 4 of the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide for details.

 

Services and Programs

Information on court services to enhance access and accommodations and other types of court services and programs, including court reporter/recorder services, pretrial services programs, district court probation departments, problem-solving courts, trial court collections programs, community services and work programs, court-operated child care homes and detention facilities, delinquency prevention programs, and family counseling services.  In addition to the information on this website, see Section 8 of the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide for details.

Access to Courts 

Information on American's with Disabilities Act, language access, and court interpreters.

Problem-Solving Courts

Information on establishing and operating innovative programs designed to address an offender's underlying problem.

Trial Court Collections 

Information on collecting court-ordered financial sanctions.