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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.


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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

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​.

SCAO monthly brief changes to biweekly

After receiving valuable feedback from courts around the state, we are changing the frequency of this newsletter to better balance your need for up-to-date information with a delivery schedule that doesn’t overload your e-mail in-box. Starting with this issue, the SCAO Biweekly Brief will be issued every other Thursday and will contain all of the latest updates and “Recent Communications” you are used to receiving from SCAO. Click here to read more​.

scao shares problem-solving Courts highlights
with legislators

SCAO Trial Court Services Deputy Director Jessica Parks recently presented highlights from Michigan's Problem-Solving Courts and the Swift & Sure Sanctions Probation Program to legislators. Click to read the report​.

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​.


Results of the 2015 Trial Courts Public Satisfaction Survey have been published, revealing that court users are very satisfied with their experiences in Michigan’s trial courts.  On questions ranging from fairness to timeliness, 25,000 people statewide were surveyed late last year as part of the Court’s efforts to measure trial court performance and improve service to the public
  • Click here​ for a summary of statewide results.

Judiciary Dashboards have been updated

Looking for the latest information about the great work Michigan courts are doing?  The updates for the Judiciary Dashboard and Performance Measures Data webpages are complete.  Visit the Judiciary Dashboard for the latest statewide information on topics ranging from clearance rates to court consolidation and streamlining.  Visit the Performance Measures Data page and click on the map for detailed information about each court.     


With the help of the Trial Court Performance Measures Committee, Michigan's trial courts have now documented a remarkable record of service to the public.  From timeliness to customer satisfaction, we are very proud of the work trial courts are doing as efficient and responsible stewards of public resources.


To build on this record of success, the Committee has endorsed the implementation of two new performance measures (click on the links for detailed information):

  • ADA Compliance will help ensure that persons with disabilities have equal and full access to our court system.


There will be training, best practice information, and other support for both measures, and compliance data will be published in May of next year.


Click here for more information about performance measures.


Statewide E-filing Initiative

The key mission of the State Court Administrative Office is to help trial courts improve service to the public. Statewide e-filing will help trial courts become more efficient and improve service to court users. E-filing allows for the filing of court documents from anywhere in the state at any time of the day without having to drive to a court office or send large amounts of printed materials via a delivery service, thereby saving time, gas, parking fees, copy costs, and delivery charges. A statewide e-filing system will also accommodate electronic notice and service of process and provide other expanded benefits to improve the efficiency of court interactions by attorneys, parties, and the public. Additional savings are generated when e-filing is linked to electronic document management systems in the trial courts so that judges and staff can easily access important files at any time and from any place. This is the next step in technological advancement for our courts and may someday result in an entirely paperless court system –serving Michigan residents faster and better.


SCAO Issues RFI for a Statewide e-Filing System



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.