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How To Read a Docket Sheet

Docket sheets contain basic information about the case and the parties, and list the events that have occurred including filing and disposition.

   

Docket Number and Short Title

The top of the docket sheet lists the docket number and the short title of the case.
 

Parties

The next section of the docket sheet lists the parties in the case, along with their counsel. Party connection codes appear to the right of the party name. Attorney codes appear in the next column of the docket sheet.

 

Party Connection Codes 

A party is described by a combination of the codes below. For example, DF-AE indicates a defendant- appellee; PL-CD-AT-XE indicates a Plaintiff-Counter Defendant-Appellant-Cross-Appellee.  

 

Code​ ​Description
AC ​ Amicus Curiae ​
AE ​ Appellee ​
AT ​ Appellant ​
AK ​ Also Known As ​
CG ​ Charging Party (MERC) ​
CL ​ Claimant ​
CD ​ Counter Defendant​
CP ​ Counter Plaintiff ​
DB ​ Doing Business As​
DF ​ Defendant
FK ​ Formerly Known As ​
GD ​ Garnishee Defendant​
GR ​ Garnishor ​
GP ​ Garnishee Plaintiff ​
ID ​ Intervening Defendant ​
IE ​ Intervening Appellee ​
IR  ​ Intervening Respondent​
IN​ Intervenor - Miscellaneous ​
IP​ Intervening Plaintiff ​
IT​ Intervening Appellant ​​
NP​ Not A Party Or Not Participating ​
​OP ​Other Party
PL​ Plaintiff ​
PT​ Petitioner ​
RS ​ Respondent ​
TD ​ Third Party Defendant ​
TP ​ Third Party Plaintiff
XD ​ Cross Defendant
XE ​ Cross Appellee
XP ​ Cross Plaintiff
XT ​ Cross Appellant
ZZ​ Other Misc Connections ​​​​​​

 

Attorney Codes 

 
Code ​ Description
AG ​ Attorney General ​
AMI ​ Amicus Attorneys ​
APP ​ Appointed ​
CAD ​ Criminal Appellate Division ​
CO ​ Co-Counsel ​
COR ​
Corporate Counsel ​
CTY ​ City Attorney ​
GAL ​
Guardian Ad Litem  ​
NOA ​ Corporate Party - No Attorney ​
MAC ​ Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel Service ​
OF ​
Of Counsel to Attorney of Record ​
OSA ​
Out-of-State Attorney ​
PAS ​
Prosecutors Appellate Service ​
PRO ​
Pro Per ​
PRS ​ Prosecutor ​
RET ​ Retained ​
SAD​ State Appellate Defender's Office​
SAM ​ Same ​
SG ​
Solicitor General ​
SUP ​
Supervising Attorney - PRS ​
TWP ​
Township Attorney​
 

Status

The status area describes the status of the case at the time the docket sheet is viewed.

Status Description
Open ​​
Generic case status for any pending appeal that is not on a defined track.
Case Concluded​ Case status for an appeal that has been disposed by either opinion or order. ​
File Archived​ Case status following the expiration of time to file a motion for reconsideration from a dispositive order or opinion.
  

Case Flags

Case flags describe special characteristics of a case that determine its priority or need for other special handling.

 

Related Cases/Submit With

This section of the docket sheet reflects that the instant case and another case are sufficiently related that they were flagged as “submit with.” Each case will be assigned to the same case call panel.

 

Consolidated

If multiple filings are consolidated as a single appeal for processing, hearing, and decision, this information appears in this section.

 

Events

Docket events are listed according to date. Each event on the docket lists the following: 
  • Event date
  • Event type
  • Details for specified event 
  • Links to orders and opinions

 

Current Supreme Court Justices' Initials

 
Initials ​
Name
BKZ ​
Brian K Zahra ​
​BMM ​Bridget M McCormack
​DFV ​David F Viviano
​ETC ​Elizabeth T Clement
​​KTW ​Kurtis T Wilder
RHB ​
Richard H Bernstein
SJM  ​ Stephen J Markman​
  

Current Court of Appeals Judges' Initials

 

Initials ​ Name ​
AK​ Amy Ronayne Krause ​
​BAS ​Brock A Swartzle
​CAO ​Colleen A O'Brien
CDS  ​ Cynthia Diane Stephens​
CMM  ​ Christopher M Murray​
DAS ​ Deborah A Servitto ​
DBS ​ Douglas B Shapiro ​
DHS ​ David H Sawyer ​
ELG ​ Elizabeth Gleicher
JEM ​ Jane E Markey ​
JMB  ​ Jane M Beckering​
JPH  ​ Joel P Hoekstra​
​JT ​Jonathan Tukel
KFH ​ Karen M Fort Hood ​
KFK ​
Kirsten Frank Kelly ​
KJ ​ Kathleen Jansen ​
​MFG ​Michael F Gadola
MJC ​ Mark J Cavanagh​
MJK ​ Michael J Kelly ​
MJR ​ Michael J Riordan ​
MJT ​ Michael J Talbot ​
MTB ​ Mark T Boonstra ​
PDO ​ Peter D O'Connell ​
PMM ​ Patrick M Meter ​
SLB ​ ​Stephen L Borrello
​TCC ​Thomas C. Cameron
WBM ​ William B Murphy ​
  

Former Justices', Court of Appeals Judges' and Visiting Judges' Initials

  

Initials ​ Name
AAM ​ Anthony A Monton ​
ALG ​ Allen L Garbrecht​
APH ​ Amy P Hathaway ​
ATD ​ Alton T Davis ​
BBM  ​ Barbara B MacKenzie​
CAN  ​ Charles A Nelson​
CCS ​ Chad Schmucker
CDC ​ Charles D Corwin ​
CHS  ​ Charles H Stark​
CJS  ​ Conrad J Sindt ​
CLB ​ Calvin L Bosman​
CLH   ​ Carl L Horn​
CLL  ​ Charles L Levin ​
CWJ  ​ Charles W Johnson ​
CWS  ​ Charles W Simon Jr ​
CWT  ​ Clifford W Taylor​
DAB  ​ Daniel A Burress​
DAJ  ​ Donald A Johnston ​
DAR  ​ Dalton A Roberson ​
DAT  ​ Donald A Teeple​
DBL  ​ Dennis B Leiber ​
DCK  ​ Dennis C Kolenda​
DES  ​ Donald E Shelton ​
DFW  ​ Daniel F Walsh ​
DJK  ​ ​Daniel J Kelly
DLM   ​ D Langford Morris​
​DMH ​Diane M Hathaway
DPR   ​ Daniel P Ryan​
​DSO ​Donald S Owens ​
EAQ  ​ Edward A Quinnell ​
EAW  ​ Elizabeth A Weaver ​
EJG  ​ Edward J Grant ​
ERP  ​ Edward R Post ​
ES​ Edward Sosnick ​
​ETF ​E Thomas Fitzgerald​
FDB  ​ Francis D Brouillette ​
GCS  ​ George C Steeh III ​
GDL  ​ Gerald D Lostracco ​
GRC   ​ George R Corsiglia​
GRM ​ Gary R McDonald ​
GSA  ​ Glenn S Allen ​
GSB  ​ George S Buth ​
HAB  ​ Harry A Beach ​
HAK  ​ Harvey A Koselka ​
HDS  ​ H David Soet ​
HH ​ Harold Hood ​
HJR ​ Donald E Holbrook Jr ​
HNW  ​ Helene N White​
HRG  ​ Hilda R Gage​
​HWS ​Henry William Saad​
JB   ​ James M Batzer​
JBB  ​ John B Bruff ​
JBS   ​ Joseph B Sullivan​
JCK   ​ James C Kingsley​
JDP ​ John D Payant ​
JFF  ​ John F Foley ​
JFK  ​ ​John F Kowalski
JGC ​ Jeffrey G Collins​
JHF  ​ James H Fisher ​
JHG  ​ John H Gillis Sr ​
JJM  ​ John James McDonald ​
​JLL ​Joan L Larsen
JLM  ​ Jeffrey L Martlew​
JMG  ​ James M Graves Jr ​
JPA  ​ James P Adair ​
JRC ​ Jessica R Cooper ​
JRE  ​ J Richard Ernst ​
JRW  ​ John R Weber ​
JS  ​ Jeanne Stempien ​
JTN ​ Janet T Neff ​
JWF  ​ John W Fitzgerald ​
KWS  ​ Kenneth W Schmidt ​
LPB  ​ Leopold P Borrello ​
LVB  ​ Lido V Bucci ​
MAC  ​ Mary A Chrzanowski ​
​MBK ​Mary Beth Kelly
MC  ​ Michael J Callahan ​
MDC ​ Maura D Corrigan ​
MDS  ​ Michael D Schwartz ​
MED  ​ Michael E Dodge ​
MEK  ​ Michael Eugene Kobza ​
​MFC ​Michael F Cavanagh
MFS  ​ Michael F Sapala ​
MGH  ​ Michael G Harrison ​
MHC  ​ Michael H Cherry ​
MHW  ​ Myron H Wahls ​
MIK ​​ Michael J Kelly (1975-2000) ​
MJM  ​ Michael J Matuzak
​MK ​Marilyn Kelly
MMD ​ Martin M Doctoroff ​
MPR ​ Maureen Pulte Reilly ​
MRK  ​ M Richard Knoblock ​
MRS  ​ Michael R Smolenski ​
MS  ​ Michael R Smith ​
MW  ​ Meyer Warshawsky ​
NJL  ​ Nicholas J Lambros ​
NOH  ​ Nick O Holowka ​
PC  ​ Paul J Clulo ​
PDH  ​ Peter D Houk ​
PDS   ​ Philip D Schaefer​
PHC   ​ Paul H Chamberlain​
PJC  ​ Patrick J Conlin ​
PJS  ​ Paul J Sullivan ​
​PMD ​Pat M Donofrio ​
PRJ  ​ Patrick R Joslyn ​
RAB ​ Richard A Bandstra ​
RAG ​ Richard Allen Griffin ​
RB  ​ Robert A Benson ​
RBB  ​ Robert B Burns ​
RCA  ​ Robert C Anderson ​
RCL  ​ Robert C Livo ​
RDG  ​ Roy D Gotham ​
RIC  ​ Richard Cooper ​
RJD  ​ Robert J Danhof ​
RLT  ​ Randy L Tahvonen ​
RMP  ​ Richard M Pajtas ​
RPG   ​ Justice R P Griffin​
​RPY ​Robert P Young Jr ​
RRL  ​ Richard R Lamb ​
RSG ​ Roman S Gribbs ​
SBM  ​ Stephen B Miller ​
SFC  ​ Sean F Cox ​
SJL  ​ Stanley J Latreille ​
SLP  ​ Scott L Pavlich ​
SNA  ​ Steven N Andrews ​
TGH  ​ Timothy G Hicks ​
TGK  ​ Thomas G Kavanagh ​
TGP  ​ Thomas G Power ​
TLB  ​ Thomas L Brown ​
TLL  ​ Thomas L Ludington ​
TPP  ​ Timothy P Pickard ​
TRT  ​ Terrence R Thomas​
TSE  ​ Thomas S Eveland ​
WCB  ​ William C Buhl ​
WCW​ William C Whitbeck​
WDS  ​ Bill Schuette ​
WEC  ​ William E Collette ​
WJC  ​ William J Caprathe ​
WJG  ​ William J Giovan ​
WJN  ​ Wesley J Nykamp ​
WPC  ​ Walter P Cynar ​
WRB​ William R Beasley​