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  ADMinistrative Order 2020-4 Tolls The filing deadlines for documents in the Supreme Court and Court of appeals until the expiration of Executive Order 2020-21
      AO 2020-4 has the effect of freezing, or not starting, the times for filing applications, original actions, briefs, answers, replies, motions, etc. with the Court of Appeals for the period that the governor's "stay at home" order, Executive Order 2020-21is in effect. 
      That is, you will have the same number of days to file your document starting on April 13 (when the "stay at home" order expires) that you did on March 24 (when the "stay at home" order took effect). 
      Time periods that would otherwise begin during the period of the "stay at home" order will not start until the expiration of the order on April 13. If a new deadline falls on a weekend or Court holiday, it will be considered timely if filed on the next business day. 
      ​If you have a specific question on how AO 2020-4​ affects your filing deadline, please phone the Clerk's Office at (517) 373-0786.  

  MCOA Response to novel coronavirus and COVID-19 

      In response to concerns about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the Court of Appeals and Court of Claims clerk’s office public counters will be closed to visitors until further notice.
      Filings to the Court of Appeals should be made either electronically through MiFILE ​or in hard copy through the U.S. Mail or private delivery service.
      Filings to the Court of Claims should be made in hard copy through the U.S. Mail or private delivery service.
      If you have a time-sensitive filing that requires immediate delivery in hard copy, each office will have a designated location at the office entrance where filings may be deposited for filing.
     If you have any questions about filing with either Court, please contact the clerk’s office at 517-373-0786 for assistance.

  April Case Call—Oral Arguments Canceled

      In light of Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency addressing how to reduce the spread of the coronavirus,​ the Court has canceled all oral arguments for 
cases assigned to the April session calendar. The cases will be decided without oral argument pursuant to MCR 7.214(E).  
      With the parties’ consent, the Court has selected one case on the April call to be argued by videoconference on a Zoom platform. If that experiment proves successful, and should we not be able to resume our normal oral argument practices for case call hearings in May, the Court may make use of the Zoom platform or other technology for some oral arguments on the May session calendar.​​​​​​​​​​ 

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 

2019 Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Summary Report

The 2019 Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Committee recently issued a press release​ announcing that the Conference Summary Report is now available. The Report may be found online here: 2019 Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Summary Report


Beginning October 23, 2019, filers may submit electronic briefs with the Michigan Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals that are formatted to accommodate viewing on electronic displays. E-Briefs have a maximum word count rather than a page limitation. Click HERE to read Administrative Order 2019-6.

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