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From Chief Judge Talbot

Photo of Chief Judge Talbot​​Welcome to the website of the Michigan Court of Appeals! The objective of this website is to provide information to the public, parties, and attorneys in a timely manner about the Court, its cases, and its rules and operating procedures. On this site you will find links to the Court's history; its judges and staff; directions to the different clerk's offices and courtrooms; policies regarding media access, disability accommodation and weapons in the courtroom; recently released opinions; docket information about cases, including those that are scheduled on case call within the next month or two; and much more. Especially useful to litigants Read More...

About the Court

The Michigan Court of Appeals is one of the highest volume intermediate appellate courts in the country.  It was created by the 1963 Michigan Constitution and heard its first cases in January 1965.  Generally, decisions from final orders of a circuit court, as well as some probate court and agency orders, may be appealed to the court as a matter of right.  Other lower court or tribunal decisions may be appealed only by application for leave to appeal, i.e., with permission of the court.  Read More...

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Of Current Interest 

E-Filing 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 civil actions, and is charged regardless whether the case is initiated electronically through TrueFiling or through the filing of paper copies.  Governmental entities and those entitled to a fee waiver are exempt from paying the fee. 
Sometime in the near future, filers who pay fees by credit card when submitting their documents electronically through TrueFiling will be charged an automated payment service fee, as authorized by MCL 600.1986.  This fee will be a small percentage 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, the 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.
 

Court of Appeals Mediation Pilot Project

Effective October 1, 2015, Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2015-8 authorizes the Court of Appeals to establish a pilot project studying the feasibility of a mediation program for appeals. As provided in the AO, the Court will identify cases which may warrant submission to mediation for possible settlement of some or all issues. In addition, the Court will accept confidential communications from a party to a pending appeal requesting participation in the mediation program. For further details, see Administrative Order No. 2015-8.
 
 

​Did You Know You Could...

 

E-File pleadings using the TrueFiling system?

 

Look up opinions, orders and case information?

 

Check the schedule for oral arguments?

 

Sign up for an email subscription for COA and MSC opinions & orders?

 

Locate approved Court forms?

 

View a summary of how the appeals process works and review FAQs and procedural manuals?

 

Find directions and maps for each district office?

 

View the Michigan Appellate Opinion Manual?