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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, 2015:


Judge Michael J. Talbot is designated as chief judge of the Court of Claims for a term ending May 1, 2015.

Of Current Interest

Timeline of Events

PA 164 of 2013, which Governor Rick Snyder signed into law November 12, 2013, locates the Court of Claims in the Court of Appeals.
MSC Administrative Order No. 2013-01 (Issued 11/13/13; Effective 11/13/13) assigns four judges to the Court of Claims.
MSC Office of Public Information Press Release: "Unanimous Supreme Court appoints Judges Pat M. Donofrio, Amy Ronayne Krause, Deborah A. Servitto, Michael J. Talbot; judges’ previous trial experience cited."

Recent Orders

Court of Claims Administrative Order 2014-02.pdfCourt of Claims Administrative Order 2014-02: Order authorizing 30-day continuation


Court of Claims Administrative Order 2014-1: Order authorizing reassignment of tax related suits to Chief Judge


Court of Claims Administrative Order 2013-1.pdfCourt of Claims Administrative Order 2013-1: Order authorizing 60-day continuation
Court of Claims Order 11-14-2013: Order staying pending cases


The Clerk's Office has prepared a short FAQ reference guide with answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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