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Trial Court Administrator Resources

The following selected resources pertain to the trial court administrator's position and responsibility.  Both the chief judge and the court administrator should be familiar with the following resources and services.  In addition, the court administrator should consult the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide.  This guide contains summary information for the six functional areas of court management and links to related resources. 

 

Trial Court Services is the primary source for management support for the trial courts.  It provides management assistance and oversight to trial courts in conjunction with regional offices; develops and implements standards and guidelines for various areas of trial court operations; develops SCAO-approved forms; provides collections program assistance; certifies court reporters and recorders; certifies foreign language interpreters; administers problem-solving court grants and assists courts in the management and development of problem-solving courts; provides liaisons to court organizations and external stakeholder agencies; and distributes information to trial courts.

  

Trial Court Operations and Performance Measures

Information is available on the following six functional areas of court management under Trial Court Operations and in the Michigan Court Administration Reference Guide.  Resources are also available on performance measures. Other resources are available from the Michigan Judicial Institute, including the Employee Guide to Legal Advice.

 

Case Management

Information is available 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.

 

Facilities and Technology management

Information is available 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 is available 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. 

 

Records Management

Information is available 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 is available on court services to enhance access and accommodations and other types of court services and programs, including court reporter/recorder services, pretrial services, 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.

 

Other Resources

Charts and Lists

Charts and lists compiled, designed, or made available by Trial Court Services provide the trial courts with convenient reference tools and include: 

 
For other lists and schedules not identified above, see Fines, Fees, Costs, and Rates

 

Policies and Procedures

Administrative Memoranda

The State Court Administrative Office issues policy and procedure directives as necessary where there is no such direction in statute or court rule. The following index lists the Administrative Memoranda issued by the State Court Administrator since 1997.  See details.

 

Local Administrative Orders and plans

 
A trial court may issue a local administrative order (LAO) governing only internal court management. Administrative orders must be sequentially numbered during the calendar year of their issuance. Before its effective date an administrative order must be sent to the State Court Administrator. If the State Court Administrator directs, a trial court shall stay the effective date of an administrative order or shall revoke it. A trial court may submit such an order to the Supreme Court as a local court rule. MCR 8.112(B). 
 
All trial courts are mandated to issue LAOs to establish court policies for regulating certain functions and procedures.  In addition to these mandated LAOs, a number of LAOs are required under certain circumstances.  Model LAOs are available for some areas of court management and can be downloaded in Rich Text format.  See the list of LAOs.
 

Procedural Manuals

The State Court Administrative Office publishes many procedural manuals pertaining to various aspects of trial court operations. See details.
 

Standards and Guidelines

The State Court Administrative Office is mandated by Michigan Supreme Court orders and court rules to establish and enforce various standards.  In addition, the office developed guidelines and best practices to assist the courts with various aspects trial court operations, from both the administrative and judicial aspects.  See details.

 

Request Management Assistance

At the request of a trial court, the Trial Court Services division of the State Court Administrative Office will conduct management assistance projects to review court operations and procedures in the areas of:
  • general court administration, probation services
  • policies and procedures
  • human resources
  • records and case file management
  • case processing
  • jury management
  • collection and enforcement of court-ordered financial obligation
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    Contact your regional office to discuss your needs and to make arrangements with Trial Court Services.
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    SCAO Staff Directory

     

    Contact Trial Court Services

     TrialCourtServices
    @courts.mi.gov

     (517) 373-4835

     

    contact the judicial human resources office

    Edward Zobeck
    (517) 373-7481
     
     

    contact your regional office 

      

    Region 1 Administrator

    Paul Paruk
    PO Box 02984
    Detroit, MI 48202
    Phone: (313) 972-3300
    Fax: (313) 972-3309
     

    Region 2 Administrator

    Jodi Latuszek
    PO Box 30048
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone: (517) 373-9353
    Fax: (517) 373-8760
    region2-info@courts.mi.gov
     

    Region 3 Administrator

    J. Bruce Kilmer
    PO Box 750
    Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0750
    Phone: (989) 772-5934
    Fax: (989) 773-0457
    region3-info@courts.mi.gov
     

    Region 4 Administrator

    Jerome M.P. Kole
    PO Box 100
    Gaylord, MI 49734
    Phone: (989) 732-3311
    Fax: (989) 732-4237
    region4-info@courts.mi.gov
      

    Region 5 Administrator

    Jill Booth
    PO Box 30048
    Lansing, MI 48909-7547
    Phone: (517) 373-8679
    Fax: (517) 373-5235
     

    Region 6 Administrator

    Jennifer Phillips
    PO Box 02984
    Detroit, MI 48202
    Phone: (313) 972-3300
    Fax: (313) 972-3309