Practice Tips for Attorneys
Pursuant to Court of Claims Administrative Order 2014-01, all Court of Claims MT case types are assigned to the Chief Judge of the Court of Claims. These cases constitute the “Tax Docket.”
After an answer is filed, or a motion for summary disposition is denied, the court will direct the parties to submit a stipulated scheduling order
within 28 days. The parties shall not stipulate to pretrial or trial dates; they will be provided by the court. A scheduling conference will be set on all cases but only held via telephone conference if the parties cannot agree on a stipulated scheduling order or the stipulated scheduling order is not approved by the Court. Telephone conferences, hearings or other convenings of the Court requiring a recording of any statements on the record shall follow the standards set forth by the State Court Administrator’s Office and court rule for the benefit of their accurate and complete recording.
The Court is charged with the efficient and timely resolution of those matters assigned to the Court. Dates established in the scheduling order shall be adhered to, and subject to change only upon good cause.
The court shall inquire of parties at the status conference if the case will require evidentiary hearing(s). The court will set the pretrial and trial dates at the status conference. Case evaluation will not be conducted for MT cases.
When a dispositive motion is filed, the court shall enter an order requiring the other parties to respond within 21 days and the moving party shall reply within 7 days of the filing of the response. All motion hearing dates will be set by the Court and all parties will be notified if a hearing is granted.
Under MCR 2.119(E)(3), the court may dispense with or limit oral argument. Therefore, all motions filed for cases on the Tax Docket will be reviewed by the assigned judge to determine if oral argument is necessary. If you would like to participate in oral argument in support of your motion, please include the request on the face of the motion and explain why it is necessary within the motion or brief in support of the motion.