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From Chief Judge Murphy

Photo of Chief Judge Murphy​​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  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

PA 164 of 2013 locates the Court of Claims in the Court of Appeals.

As of November 12, 2013, the Court of Claims is located in the Michigan Court of Appeals. Four Court of Appeals judges have been assigned to the Court of Claims by the Michigan Supreme Court. Detailed information is available on the Court of Claims website.

2013 Annual Report

AR Report Cover.pngThe 2013 Annual Report is now available. The Annual Report includes a message from Chief Judge Murphy and a statistical and graphical analysis of overall court performance. Also highlighted in the report are initiatives and details from each department.

Michigan Court of Appeals Named Leader in Automation
of Court Business Procedures

NCSCReportCover.pngStrong management, sophisticated business practices, and intelligent use of information technology were among the reasons the Michigan Court of Appeals was a standout in a study by the National Center for State Courts. The Michigan Court of Appeals was one of three courts nationwide selected to be part of the study.
This is the second favorable study of the Michigan Court of Appeals conducted by the National Center for State Courts in recent years. The reports are available in their entirety on the Court Reports webpage. 

​Did You Know You Could...


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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?