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Procedural Manuals


The State Court Administrative Office publishes many procedural manuals pertaining to various aspects of trial court operations.  Trial Court Services maintains manuals for court reporters and recorders and district court probation officers as well as manuals for developing and implementing problem-solving courts.  The Michigan Judicial Institute publishes bench books and monographs.  The Office of Dispute Resolution maintains guides to ADR practices and procedures.  Child Welfare Services provides resources on various procedures.  For questions and inquiries about the manuals listed below, contact Trial Court Services.


Manual for Court Reporters and Recorders

This manual provides court reporters and recorders with information on their role in the trial courts, certification requirements, reporting and recording proceedings, transcript format, furnishing transcripts, and appellate procedures.  Selected court rules and statutes are also provided.  This manual is updated quarterly in January, April, July, and October.


Manual for District Court Probation Officers

This manual provides district court probation officers with guidance on pretrial release, court-appointed attorneys, presentence investigation, substance abuse screening and assessment, sentencing, probation, and records management.  A variety of references and resources are also provided. This manual is updated annually in May.