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Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman

Chief Justice MarkmanThe courts of Michigan comprise one of the three great constitutional institutions of our state, the judicial branch.  These courts—district, probate, circuit and appellate—are each responsible for maintaining and preserving the responsible and equal rule of law in Michigan while ensuring that our system of justice is made readily and fairly available to all of the people of our state.

In a democracy such as ours in which the judiciary is elected by the people, it is critical that “we the people” are informed of the operations and decisions of their courts.  It has been an important mission of this Court  that these operations and decisions be made as transparent as possible.  This website is designed to assist in that effort.  You are also invited to visit the Hall of Justice in Lansing across the mall from the State Capitol and at the corner of Allegan and Martin Luther King Boulevard.  In particular, we call to your attention the Learning Center within the Hall which has become a regular stop for students and classes touring the capitol city.

Visit the Hall of Justice and its Learning Center, tour the nearby Michigan Historical Center, or watch an appellate argument before the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.  Each of these experiences, I am confident, will remind you of the role that the rule of law plays in our democratic, representative and constitutional form of government, as well as in furthering the great aims of government etched at the front entrance of the Hall, “freedom, truth, equality and justice.”
 

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What's New

 

Internal Operating Procedures (IOPs)

 

The Clerk’s Office is pleased to announce the availability of the Supreme Court’s Internal Operating Procedures (IOPs) that interpret and implement the Subchapter 7.300 court rules.  The IOPs are bookmarked and include a hyperlinked table of contents and index for easier navigation. 

 

MCR 7.300 IOPs​ (PDF version)

MCR 7.300 IOPs (HTML version)

 

Please provide any comments or suggestions regarding the IOPs to the Clerk’s Office by email at MSC_Clerk@courts.mi.gov or by phone at (517) 373-0120.​

 

 

​New and Improved Administrative Orders

 
The Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court​ are more user friendly thanks to several enhancements, including a table of contents and a subject matter index.  The table of contents lists the numbers and titles of the Administrative Orders and identifies those that have been rescinded by subsequent Court order.  Both the table of contents and the index are hyperlinked so you can quickly jump to a specific order.  
 

E-​​F​iling System Enhancements and New Fees

Beginning on March 1, 2016, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will collect the $25 electronic filing system fee required by MCL 600.1986, in addition to the $375 filing fee, for civil actions that are commenced in those Courts. This fee does not apply to civil appeals, only original actions, and is charged regardless whether the case is initiated electronically through TrueFiling or through the filing of paper copies.  Governmental entities and those parties entitled to a fee waiver are exempt from paying the fee. 

 

Starting July 1, 2016, filers who pay fees by credit card when submitting their documents electronically through TrueFiling will be charged a non-refundable automated payment service (APS) fee, as authorized by MCL 600.1986.  The APS fee will be 3% of the total amount of the filing and will be paid to the credit card companies to cover the rates they charge for using their cards.

 

The assessment of the e-filing system fee and the automated payment service fee (when implemented) will be clearly identified on the payment screen before you submit your bundle to TrueFiling so you will know the total amount being charged for the transaction.

 

In addition, the Courts are pleased to announce the following technical enhancements to TrueFiling that will be implemented on or soon after March 1, 2016:

  • The allowable file size for individual documents uploaded to TrueFiling will increase from 10 MB to 25 MB.
  • Electronic documents will be time-stamped upon their receipt by TrueFiling which will allow the email notifications of the filing to include links to the time-stamped version of the document.  Similarly, documents accessed through TrueFiling's My Recent Activity and History pages will be time-stamped versions.
  • When either Court accepts an e-filed document, the resulting email notification and the status in TrueFiling will indicate that it has been "Filed," as opposed to "Tentatively Filed." However, "Filed" status in TrueFiling after acceptance by the Court does not necessarily mean the filing satisfies jurisdictional requirements or complies with the court rules.  If there are problems with the filing, a staff person from the Court will contact the filer directly.

 

These enhancements to TrueFiling are being made in response to feedback from filers who completed the e-filing survey last summer.  Additional enhancements will be implemented in the near future to make TrueFiling more streamlined and easier to use. 


 

Civil and Criminal Pro Per Application Forms

The Clerk’s Office of the Michigan Supreme Court has designed two forms for use by unrepresented litigants in preparing applications for leave to appeal in civil and criminal cases. The forms satisfy the formatting and structural requirements of the court rules if they are completed in accordance with the accompanying instructions. The instructions and forms are not intended to provide legal advice on whether you should file the application, what factual information you should include, or what issues you should raise and argue. Providing these forms should not be viewed as encouraging anyone to act in propria persona (i.e., without the assistance of counsel) in the Supreme Court. There are many strategic and procedural decisions that must be made during the appeal process, and an attorney’s assistance might be critical to the success of your application. ​

   

 

 

Michigan Supreme Court Rules of Etiquette & Conduct

  Image: MSC Etiquette and Conduct

 

The Michigan Supreme Court's Rules of Etiquette and Conduct is a two-page brochure that provides important information to practitioners and members of the general public about properly conducting one's self inside the Michigan Hall of Justice, especially while observing or participating in oral arguments in the Supreme Court courtroom.

 

 

 

  

Oral Argument Guide

image: Guide for CounselAttorneys who appear for oral arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court have a valuable new resource: a comprehensive guide on preparing for and arguing their cases. The Guide for Counsel in Cases to Be Argued in the Michigan Supreme Court was prepared by Supreme Court staff with extensive input from several prominent appellate practitioners. Topics include preparation for oral argument, filing, brief writing tips, oral argument procedures, and more. It is especially designed for those attorneys making their first appearance before the Court. The guide includes general information plus a directory of offices and programs. Click on the icon (left) to open the guide.

 

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