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Annual Reports

The Annual Report includes a message from the Chief Judge and a statistical and graphical analysis of overall court performance. Also highlighted in the report are initiatives and details from each department with a focus on timeliness and efficiency.


AnnualReport2016.pdfAnnual Report 2016


AnnualReport2015.pdfAnnual Report 2015


AnnualReport2014.pdfAnnual Report 2014 


AnnualReport2014.pdfAnnual Report 2013


AnnualReport2014.pdfAnnual Report 2012



National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Reports

In September 2013, the National Center for State Courts issued a report entitled Business Process Automation Case Studies. This document is part of the NCSC’s initiative to develop the next generation of standards for court technology. The Michigan Court of Appeals was chosen because of its high level of business process discipline and the implementation of these principles in its case management system.
“The Michigan Court of Appeals is as fine an example as we have found of business process discipline in the judicial branch, where court leaders have applied modern and innovative tools and techniques to operations management. The court has a culture of innovation and cooperation, along with a high level of vision and competence in its judges and staff. . . . Over time, the chief judges of the court have been supportive, staff has felt empowered, and everyone has worked together. It is a well-organized, well-run operation that is, to an outsider, quite extraordinary.”
At the invitation of the Court of Appeals, the National Center for State Courts conducted a study that assessed the Court’s operational efficiencies and use of technology. In July 2011, the NCSC issued a final report. The report’s bottom-line assessment was favorable, as summarized in the following paragraph.
"Our overall observations, based upon the information gathered during the site visits as well as from other sources, are that the Michigan Court of Appeals stands out as a well managed and smoothly functioning appellate court, especially in a period of shrinking budgetary resources. We were genuinely impressed with the dedication and commitment of the individuals with whom we met and their readiness to consider alternative processes and make adjustments to existing procedures. The Court uses technology effectively and has implemented several very good applications."


​By the Numbers...

In 2016 93% of all cases and 88% of opinion cases were disposed of within 18 months; these are the highest rates the Court has ever achieved. In 2016, 74% of all cases and 43% of opinion cases were decided within 15 months.
In 2016, the Court posted a 105% clearance rate, the fourth year in a row achieving a rate above 100%
The Court received 5,537 new case filings in 2016.
In 2016, more than two-thirds of all filings by attorneys and roughly three-quarters of all briefs and motions were e-filed through TrueFiling.