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From Chief Judge Christopher M. Murray

Photo of Chief Judge Talbot​​Welcome to the website of the Michigan Court of Appeals! The objective of this website is to provide information to the public, parties, and attorneys in a timely manner about the Court, its cases, and its rules and operating procedures. On this site you will find links to the Court's history; its judges and staff; directions to the different clerk's offices and courtrooms; policies regarding media access, disability accommodation and weapons in the courtroom; recently released opinions; docket information about cases, including those that are scheduled on case call within the next month or two; and much more. Especially useful to litigants Read More...

About the Court

The Michigan Court of Appeals is one of the highest volume intermediate appellate courts in the country.  It was created by the 1963 Michigan Constitution and heard its first cases in January 1965.  Generally, decisions from final orders of a circuit court or probate court, as well as some agency orders, may be appealed to the court as a matter of right.  Other lower court or tribunal decisions may be appealed only by application for leave to appeal, i.e., with permission of the court.  Read More...

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Of Current Interest 

Amendment of MCR 7.212 Becomes Effective on September 9, 2018

The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order amending MCR 7.212 that becomes effective 9/1/18 (see Amendment of MCR 7.212​). The amendment provides that an appellant’s brief in a civil case (except child protective and adoption proceedings) must be accompanied by an appendix containing the documents listed in the new subrule MCR 7.212(J). Depending on the appellant’s appendix, an appellee may also have to file an appendix. Practitioners should know that, as of the 9/1/18 effective date, the clerk’s office will review briefs to ensure they include an appendix when required. Failure to include a required appendix will result in issuance of a “defect” letter advising the filer of the deficiency and requesting that an appendix be filed to cure the defect.

2017 Annual Report

The 2017 COA Annual Report is now available. The Annual Report includes a statistical and graphical analysis of overall court performance. Also highlighted in the report are initiatives and details from each department.

E-Notification of Opinions

The Michigan Court of Appeals is pleased to announce the implementation of "e-Notification" of the Court’s opinions beginning in January of 2017.
E-Notification will replace the mailing of printed copies of the Court’s opinions and will afford those individuals doing business with the Court immediate access to the Court’s opinions in their cases.
With e-Notification, when an opinion is issued in a case, an email will immediately be sent to the attorneys in the case (and self-represented parties) who have registered with TrueFiling--the Court’s e-filing system. The email notification will come from MI Appellate Court Notification with the subject line: DECISION(S) – MI Court of Appeals, and it will contain a link to a certified copy of the Court’s opinion. The trial court judge and clerk will be copied on the e-Notification email message.
In order to take advantage of e-Notification, attorneys (and self-represented parties) who have not done so, are encouraged to register at Registration with TrueFiling, which includes agreement to e-Notification and e-Service, is required in order to receive e-Notification.
Attorneys (and self-represented parties) who are not registered with TrueFiling, will continue to receive a printed copy of the Court’s opinions by regular U.S. mail.
In anticipation of e-Notification, you should ensure that e-mails sent from "MI Appellate Court Notification" are not flagged as spam.

​Did You Know You Could...


E-File pleadings using the TrueFiling system?


Look up opinions, orders and case information?


Check the schedule for oral arguments?


Sign up for an email subscription for COA and MSC opinions & orders?


Locate approved Court forms?


View a summary of how the appeals process works and review FAQs and procedural manuals?


Find directions and maps for each district office?


View the Michigan Appellate Opinion Manual?