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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

Stop Coronavirus

Click link for the judicial branch's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

better data needed in courts, says CHIEF JUSTICE 

On the heels of jail reform bills being signed into law, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack penned an op-ed piece in the Detroit News on January 6 making the case for improved access to data in Michigan courts. In an excerpt, the Chief writes: "Until last year, it seemed everyone had a story (or 10) illustrating why Michigan’s jail and pretrial policies weren’t making our communities safer but were hurting families. But anecdotes don’t drive systemic improvements. Data does." Read the op-ed piece here

Women hold supreme court majority for 4th time in history

As new Justice Elizabeth Welch joined the bench in January, the Michigan Supreme Court shifted to having a majority of women for the fourth time in court history: Chief Justice Bridget McCormack; Justice Elizabeth Clement; Justice Megan Cavanagh; and Justice Welch. Read more in this WOOD-TV Grand Rapids article​.  


The legislature sent a bipartisan package of 20 bills to Gov. Whitmer that will fundamentally reshape how the state utilizes county jails. The bills are based on policy recommendations from the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, a group of criminal justice experts and key stakeholders that was led by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II and Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. Read more​.

Supreme Court Unveils Report Aimed at Closing the Justice Gap

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack, Justice Brian K. Zahra, and the Justice for All (JFA) Task Force released a report aimed at helping more Michiganians solve civil legal problems such as landlordtenant issues, family law disputes such as parenting time or custody, and access to benefits​. Read more


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.