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Procedural Manuals


The State Court Administrative Office publishes procedural manuals for court reporters and recorders, district court magistrates, and district court probation officers.  Other procedural manuals available to the courts are benchbooks and monographs published by the Michigan Judicial Institute.


Manual for Court Reporters and Recorders

This manual provides court reporters and recorders with information on their role in the trial courts, certification requirements, reporting and recording proceedings, transcript format, furnishing transcripts, and appellate procedures.  Selected court rules and statutes are also provided.  This manual is updated quarterly in January, April, July, and October.


Manual for District Court Magistrates

This manual provides district court magistrates with guidance on the warrant process, bond and bail procedures, misdemeanor criminal and felony criminal matters, civil infraction/traffic cases, state and civil municipal infractions, and small claims matters.  This manual is updated annually in May.  


Manual for District Court Probation Officers

This manual provides district court probation officers with guidance on pretrial release, court-appointed attorneys, presentence investigation, substance abuse screening and assessment, sentencing, probation, and records management.  A variety of references and resources are also provided. This manual is updated annually in May.

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Forms and Manuals

PO Box 30048

Lansing Michigan 48909


Staff Contact

Amy Garoushi

(517) 373-4864