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Michigan Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Michigan state appellate-court decisions can be searched, but cannot be browsed, at the official site linked here.

    Additional Resources
    Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions … [State Bar of Michigan] — Most opinions can be either viewed or downloaded as MS Word 6.0/Win files.
    Briefs in Michigan Supreme Court Cases … [Michigan Supreme Court Clerk]


Michigan Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Mich. Const.)
    A version of the constitution in a PDF file is available (2.2 MB).
  2. Bills

  3. Public and Local Acts of the Legislature of the State of Michigan (Mich. Pub. Acts)

  4. Michigan Compiled Laws (Mich. Comp. Laws)
    See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.

    Additional Resources
    Search Bills by Category … [Legislature]
    Tables of Public Acts … There are no links to the texts of acts.
    Michigan Compiled Laws — Tables of Sections Affected by Public Acts … There are no links to the texts of acts or affected sections.
    Banking and Financial Acts … [Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Services] — Numerous acts concerning banks, consumer affairs regulation, consumer finance regulation, and credit unions.


Michigan Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Michigan Court Rules

  2. Local Court Rules • U.S. Court Rules
  3. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules
  4. Rules of Professional Conduct
  5. Code of Judicial Conduct


Michigan Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    See also the Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR).
    1. Michigan Administrative Code (Mich. Admin. Code)
    2. Michigan Register (Mich. Reg.)

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings

    Additional Resources
    Rules Under Review … [Office of Regulatory Reform] — Latest rule changes; proposed rules, amendments, and rescissions.


Michigan Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Michigan Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Michigan law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Ave Maria Law Review (Ave Maria L. Rev.)
    2. Journal of Animal Law (J. Animal L.) … [Michigan State Univ. Coll. of Law]
    3. Journal of Business & Securities Law (J. Bus. & Sec. L.) … [Michigan State Univ. Coll. of Law]
    4. Michigan Journal of International Law (Mich. J. Int’l L.) … [Univ. of Michigan Law Sch.]
    5. Michigan Law Review (Mich. L. Rev.)
    6. Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal (Mich. Prob. & Est. Plan. J.) … [State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Sec.]
    7. Michigan State Law Review (Mich. St. L. Rev.) … Formerly titled Michigan State DCL Law Review (until 2004) and The Law Review of Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law (1999–2003) and Detroit College of Law Review (1975–1999).
    8. Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev.) … [Univ. of Michigan Law Sch.]
    9. Thomas M. Cooley Law Review (T.M. Cooley L. Rev.)
    10. University of Detroit Mercy Law Review (U. Detroit Mercy L. Rev.)
    11. Wayne Law Review (Wayne L. Rev.)


    Other Michigan Commentary

    1. Michigan Friend of the Court Handbook … [Midland County Friend of the Court] — This handbook describes the procedures available to all Friend of the Court offices to enforce the court’s orders and the process available to Michigan citizens for providing input into the operations of the Friend of the Court, which oversees the welfare of children whose support, custody, and parenting time are the subject of court orders because their parents are not married to each other.

    2. State Appellate Defender’s Office — Criminal Defense Newsletter

    3. Doing Business in Michigan: A Guide for Investors and Businesses Butzel Long, P.C. … [Lex Mundi]


    Michigan Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Michigan Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites


    Michigan Forms

    1. Court Forms • Jury Instructions
    2. Office of Financial and Insurance Services
    3. Securities Forms
    4. Treasury Department
    5. Individual Tax Forms
    6. Business Tax Forms
    7. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Michigan Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See also links to local and special-purpose bar associations at the Michigan State Bar web site. See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulate General of Canada in Detroit

    6. Consulate General of Mexico in Detroit • Consulado General de México en Detroit


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries
      See also information about Michigan libraries having law collections.

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Attorney General — Publications … Brochures discussing topics of interest to consumers and individuals. Also provided are the texts of two state laws, along with commentary: the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.

    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Michigan Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Michigan law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Michigan.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Legal Services of Eastern Michigan … LSEM specializes in the following areas of poverty law: family law, including domestic violence; housing; public benefits, including health; senior law, including elder abuse; education, and employment law, including Workfare, economic development, tax, consumer/bankruptcy, and fair housing. LSEM serves Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, and Saginaw Counties.
      2. Michigan Courts Self-Help Center … “This site is designed to help you find legal assistance, learn about Michigan law, and represent yourself in some legal matters. This site does not provide legal advice.”
      3. MichiganLegalAid.org … “MichiganLegalAid.org provides help with legal problems to low income residents of Michigan. On this site you will find information about the law and about places to go for help with legal and related problems.”
      4. Michigan Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      5. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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