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  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.

From Chief Judge Christopher M. Murray

CMMpressphoto.jpgWelcome to the website of the Court of Claims. 

The task of presiding over major claims against the State of Michigan and its various agencies and personnel has been assigned by the Legislature to the Michigan Court of Appeals. All of the judges assigned to the Court of Claims had extensive trial court experience before coming to the Court of Appeals. These judges bring rich insights and practical skills to trial case management.

We strive to make the Court of Claims the most effective and efficient court possible. As we continue to seek operational improvements, your comments and suggestions on court operations will be most welcome.​


About the Court

The Court of Claims is a court of statewide, limited jurisdiction (PA 164 of 2013) to hear and determine all civil actions filed against the State of Michigan and its agencies. These cases include highway defect, medical malpractice, contracts, constitutional claims, prisoner litigation, tax-related suits, and other claims for money damages.


As of November 12, 2013, the Court of Claims is located in the Michigan Court of Appeals. Four Court of Appeals judges, including a chief judge, are assigned to the Court of Claims by the Michigan Supreme Court. Each Court of Claims case is heard by a single judge.


The Court of Claims operates much like any other Michigan circuit court. In the Court of Claims, however, there is no right to a jury trial.


Court of Claims Judges

The following Court of Appeals judges were assigned to sit as judges of the Court of Claims for terms expiring May 1, 2021:

Judge Christopher M. Murray​ is designated as chief judge of the Court of Claims for a term ending May 1, 2021.


Court of Claims Forms

The Court of Claims provides forms to assist you in the process of filing certain items with the Court.

Request for Court Records Form

Stipulated Scheduling Order Form 



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