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New information for trial courts on requirements and other operational matters.  Updated regularly; SCAO Monthly Brief (a summary of items posted over the last month) sent the third Thursday of each month.


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Connections Newsletter

Quarterly newsletter providing up-to-date information on topics concerning the trial courts.​​​​​​​​​​​​

image: Michigan Supreme CourtThe State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) is the administrative agency of the Michigan Supreme Court. Article VI, Section 3 of the Michigan Constitution states that the Michigan Supreme Court "shall appoint an administrator of the courts and other assistants of the supreme court as may be necessary to aid in the administration of the courts of this state." The Supreme Court has administrative oversight of Michigan's courts and exercises that oversight through the SCAO.


What's New for Trial Courts

​SCA Milt Mack Focuses on Courts and the Challenge of Mental Illness

SCA Milt Mack has written a policy paper, “Decriminalization of Mental Illness: Fixing a Broken System,” published by the Conference of State Court Administrators. Mack’s paper discusses what courts, policy makers, and law enforcement can do to confront the challenge of how our justice system treats persons with mental illness. Recommended actions include expanding the use of “Outpatient Assisted Treatment” and encouraging policy makers to modify mental health codes to adopt a standard based on capacity, not just conduct, for ordering involuntary mental health treatment. 


See also Jail official: State funding for mental health will reduce crime and save money​.


Nominations sought for Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing outstanding support of MI children

Nominations are now open for the Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award to honor exceptional service to Michigan’s children. Jointly sponsored by the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the award is presented each year in conjunction with efforts to encourage and celebrate adoption. Find out more here​.


Michigan Company Chosen to Provide E-Filing and Electronic Document Management Services to Courts Statewide

“The goal of the statewide e-filing initiative​ is to improve service to the public, increase court efficiency, and reduce the cost of filing for litigants,” said State Court Administrator Milton L. Mack, Jr. “ImageSoft has been selected to provide a technology solution that ultimately enables the public to file from anywhere at any time without having to wait in line.”​  


A critical component of the ImageSoft solution is an integrated electronic document management system (EDMS) that will increase court efficiency by reducing the need to receive, process, store, and retrieve paper files. 


Report: More Jobs, Fewer Offenses Among Graduates of Michigan Problem-Solving Courts

The Michigan Supreme Court announced the latest “Solving Problems, Saving Lives” report and Problem-Solving Court Success Stories at a graduation of the 17th District Court Veterans Treatment Court in Redford Township. The report shows lower rates of recidivism and unemployment for graduates of drug, sobriety, and mental health courts in Michigan.​



Problem-Solving Courts Certification Process and Best Practices Manuals

In FY 2018, certification goes into effect for all adult drug court programs, DWI court programs, drug/DWI hybrid programs, RDWI programs, and family dependency drug court programs. Since it starts in FY 2018, those program types will apply for certification from April 24 to June 2, 2017. 


Certification will go into effect for mental health courts and veterans treatment courts in FY 2019.


​​​​Michigan Passes Federal Title IV-E Audit

Thanks to the good work of judges and court staff and our partners in state government, the federal government recently notified DHHS that we are in compliance with federal regulations regarding funding of services for kids in foster care.  Passing this audit is good news for those kids and for Michigan. Click here for details.​​

State Court

Administrative Office

Hall of Justice

925 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI 48915

Phone: (517) 373-0128

Fax: (517) 373-9831

Contact Us


T​he SCAO Staff Directory provides useful information about services provided to trial courts by SCAO staff and includes e-mail addresses and phone numbers. The new directory helps to achieve our mission: Trial courts serve the public; SCAO serves the trial courts.

Judiciary Dashboard

See statewide performance measures for the judiciary.


Trial Court Performance Measures

See performance measures for individual trial courts.