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From Chief Judge Michael J. Talbot

MJTpressphoto.jpgWelcome to the Court of Claims. The task of presiding over major claims against the State of Michigan and its various agencies and personnel has now been assigned to the Michigan Court of Appeals. All of the judges assigned to the Court of Claims had extensive trial court experience before coming to the Court of Appeals. These judges bring rich insights and practical skills to trial case management.


We will strive to make the Court of Claims a model of efficiency, even as we are sensitive to the needs of the litigants and attorneys who will practice in this Court. Your comments and suggestions will be most welcome.


About the Court

The Court of Claims is a court of statewide, limited jurisdiction (PA 164 of 2013) to hear and determine all civil actions filed against the State of Michigan and its agencies. These cases include highway defect, medical malpractice, contracts, constitutional claims, prisoner litigation, tax-related suits, and other claims for money damages.


As of November 12, 2013, the Court of Claims is located in the Michigan Court of Appeals. Four Court of Appeals judges, including a chief judge, are assigned to the Court of Claims by the Michigan Supreme Court. Each Court of Claims case is heard by a single judge.


The Court of Claims operates much like any other Michigan circuit court. In the Court of Claims, however, there is no right to a jury trial.


Court of Claims Judges

The following Court of Appeals judges were assigned to sit as judges of the Court of Claims for terms expiring May 1, 2019:


Judge Michael J. Talbot is designated as chief judge of the Court of Claims for a term ending May 1, 2019.


Court of Claims Forms

The Court of Claims provides forms to assist you in the process of filing certain items with the Court.

Request for Court Records Form

Stipulated Scheduling Order Form 


Of Current Interest

New “Electronic Filing System Fee” Becomes Effective March 1, 2016

Beginning March 1, 2016, MCL 600.1986 requires Michigan courts to collect a $25 “electronic filing system fee” in addition to the filing fee upon the commencement of a civil action except when the filing party is a governmental entity or is entitled to a fee waiver. The Court of Claims will collect the $25 fee, in addition to the $150 filing fee, for any civil action filed on or after March 1, 2016.

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