The following is intended only as the barest outline of filing requirements designed to answer the most frequently asked questions. For detailed filing requirements, visit the Current Court Rules web page.
Where to File
In order for papers to be "filed" in the Supreme Court, they must be received in the Office of the Clerk in Lansing. There are no other locations for filing and filing is complete only on receipt by the Clerk. The office is open weekdays between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.
Documents may be electronically filed 24 hours a
day, seven days a week (with occasionally outages for scheduled
maintenance). Documents submitted to TrueFiling
before 11:59:59 PM on a business day are docketed as being received that
day. Administrative Order No. 2014-23,
Number of Copies
Applications for leave to appeal are to be filed in four copies (1 signed). The application must be accompanied by a proof of service upon opposing counsel and the filing fee (unless the fee is waived). Only the original proof need be filed. Answers to applications and replies are also filed in four copies (1 signed) with original proofs of service.
Application or original action = $375.
Motion for Immediate Consideration or Expedite the Appeal = $150
Other motions = $75
The originals of applications and answers will be two-hole punched at the top for securing into permanent files so you should not bind or staple the originals; you should use binder clips or rubber bands instead. Copies may be bound, stapled, spiral bound, or otherwise securely fastened but the use of clear plastic covers should be avoided.
The requirements of MCR 7.312 apply to briefs and appendixes in cases in which leave to appeal has been granted and to supplemental briefs in cases being argued on the application.