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About MiFILE

Helping trial courts implement technological advances to increase efficiency and improve service to the public is one of the State Court Administrative Office’s strategic objectives.


In 2015, the SCAO worked with the Legislature, courts, and other stakeholders in developing and passing legislation to authorize, design, and implement statewide ​e-filing for the future of Michigan’s courts. Such a system will enable litigants to electronically file documents from anywhere at any time without waiting in line or traveling to a courthouse.


This legislation (Public Acts 230-235 of 2015) was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 23, 2015, and took effect on January 1, 2016. See the information and materials below for additional background and visit regularly for updates and plans as we move forward.

Why e-Filing?

E-Filing is the technology that allows litigants to electronically file case documents, such as pleadings, motions, and petitions. Courts across the country who have adopted this technology have:

“What used to take a transaction of seven minutes with a customer at the front counter to process their paperwork now takes less than one minute.”

–Jennifer Howden, Oakland County Deputy Court Clerk, MiFILE Pilot Court

    • ​​Improved service to the public,
    • Made access to courts easier,
    • Provided flexibility to litigants, and
    • Become more efficient through electronic receipt, processing and storage

What is MiFILE?

MiFILE is the statewide e-Filing system sponsored by the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO). The purpose of this system is to provide litigants the means to electronically file documents in any Michigan court, 24 hours a day, without traveling to a courthouse and waiting in line. It also provides litigants a means to serve one another with documents and to electronically receive notifications and documents from the courts.


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