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Certified Questions from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, ​In re Certified Questions (Midwest Inst of Health v Governor)

Bypass Applicati​ons in No. 161333, Martinko v Governor and No. 161377, House of Representatives v Governor; Application in No. 161394, Dep't of Health & Human Services v Manke

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Starting on Monday, June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court Clerk's Office will be open to the public.  We ask that you phone the office at (517) 373-0120 to make an appointment in advance so that we can control the number of visitors in the office at the same time, thus minimizing your possible exposure and that of others to the coronavirus.  You will be required to fill out a health screening and consent form upon entering the Hall of Justice and must adhere to certain safety protocols at all times while in the building.

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Chief Justice Bridget M. Mc​Cormack

Welcome to the Michigan Supreme Court.


My colleagues and I are privileged to serve the people of the state of Michigan.  Our role in Michigan’s system of government demands that we interpret the law​ dispassionately, ensure that justice is available to everyone, remain responsive to the needs of our communities, and resolve disputes efficiently.  We take these responsibilities seriously.  


To those ends, our work is guided by four fundamental principles.

INDEPENDENCE.  Unlike the executive and legislative branches, the judicial branch is nonpartisan.  This means that politics must not inform our work.  Our judicial decisions must be based instead on neutral application of the law.   


ACCESSIBILITY.  Justice must be available to everyone, not just to those who can afford it.  We must work diligently to ensure that our courts are open to all.  This means we will continue to search for new ways to remove barriers to our judicial system.


ENGAGEMENT.  The judiciary must also be adaptive to the needs of those it serves, and attuned to the problems and concerns of the communities that most depend on our work.  This means that judges must be willing to engage with civic organizations and community leaders to ensure that we are responsive to the needs of those we serve.


EFFICIENCY.  The judiciary also must be careful stewards of public resources.  This means we must provide the best possible service to the individuals and businesses that appear before us.  We must not lose sight of the time and money at stake in any judicial proceeding.  We will continue to find ways to serve the public as efficiently as practicable. 


These fundamental principles inform the opinions and orders we issue in cases that come before us, the administrative rules that govern how Michigan courts operate, and our management of the state’s trial courts.


While we are proud of the work the Michigan Supreme Court does, we must always aim to do better.  Going forward, we will continue to look for ways to serve you better.  Michigan’s judiciary will do all we can to serve the people of our great state.  


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No. 161492, In re Certified Questions (Midwest Inst of Health v Governor)​

US District Court opinion

Governor's Motion to Bifurcate Briefing

AG's Concurrence in Motion to Bifurcate Briefing

Plaintiffs' Answer to Motion to Bifurcate Briefing

Order of the Supreme Court​

Plaintiffs' brf

Plaintiffs' apx​

AC brf - LONANG Institute​

Bypass Application in No. 161333, Martinko v Governor

Given the amount of public interest in this case, the pleadings are posted below:

Bypass Application

AT Appendices

Motion for Immediate Consideration


AE Appendices​

Dispositive Order of the Supreme Court

Bypass Application in No. 161377, House of Representatives v Governor

Bypass Application of House and Senate

Motion for Immediate Consideration of House and Senate​

Bypass Application of Intervenor Claimants

Motion to Docket of Intervenor Claimants

Answer and Bypass Cross Application of Governor

Motion for Immediate Consideration of Governor

House and Senate Answer to Cross Appl & Reply

Answer of Intervenor Claimants

Amicus Brief of Katherine Henry​

Dispositive Order of the Supreme Court

Order of the Supreme Court on Motion for Reconsideration

Application in No. 161394, Dep't of Health & Human Services v Manke


Motion for Immediate Consideration of Application

Motion for Stay

Motion for Immediate Consideration of Stay

Dispositive order of the Supreme Court​


Ordering Certificates of Good Standing by Email or Phone

Effective immediately, the Supreme Court Clerk's Office will accept requests for Certificates of Good Standing by email or phone, and paid with a credit or debit card, using this FORM.  If the purpose of the certificate does not require it to be issued by the Supreme Court, you should consider ordering the State Bar's version of the certificate, which can be ordered online at no charge for the present time. The webpage for ordering the SBM's certificate is


Mandatory E-Filing for ​Attorneys: 

Effective February 1, 2020, attorneys are required to make all filings with the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals electronically using the MiFILE system unless excused by court order upon a motion for good cause.  See revised Administrative Order 2014-13​.


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 on October 23, 2019, filers may submit electronic briefs with the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals that are formatted to accommodate viewing on electronic displays and that allow for a maximum word count instead of a page limitation.  Click HERE to read Administrative Order 2019-6:


MiFILE for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals

On September 6, 2019, the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals transitioned from TrueFiling to MiFILE, the statewide e-filing system that is used by several state trial courts. You need to be aware of the following information and take the necessary steps so that you can use the MiFILE system for appellate court filings:


Internal Operating Procedures (IOPs)

The Clerk’s Office is pleased to announce the availability of the Supreme Court’s Internal Operating Procedures (IOPs) that interpret and implement the Subchapter 7.300 court rules.  The IOPs are bookmarked and include a hyperlinked table of contents and index for easier navigation. 


MCR 7.300 IOPs​
 (PDF version only)


Please provide any comments or suggestions regarding the IOPs to the Clerk’s Office by email at or by phone at (517) 373-0120.​


​New and Improved Administrative Orders

The Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court​ are more user friendly thanks to several enhancements, including a table of contents and a subject matter index.  The table of contents lists the numbers and titles of the Administrative Orders and identifies those that have been rescinded by subsequent Court order.  Both the table of contents and the index are hyperlinked so you can quickly jump to a specific order.  

Pro Se Forms

The Clerk’s Office of the Michigan Supreme Court has designed two forms for use by self-represented litigants in preparing applications for leave to appeal in civil and criminal cases. The forms satisfy the formatting and structural requirements of the court rules if they are completed in accordance with the accompanying instructions. The instructions and forms are not intended to provide legal advice on whether you should file the application, what factual information you should include, or what issues you should raise and argue. Providing these forms should not be viewed as encouraging anyone to act in propria persona (i.e., without the assistance of counsel) in the Supreme Court. There are many strategic and procedural decisions that must be made during the appeal process, and an attorney’s assistance might be critical to the success of your application. ​


Forms for the most common types of motions, for a proof of service, and for a notice of filing are available on the Pro Se Forms page.  Attorneys are also welcome to use the forms. 


Oral Argument Guide

image: Guide for CounselAttorneys who appear for oral arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court have a valuable new resource: a comprehensive guide on preparing for and arguing their cases. The Guide for Counsel in Cases to Be Argued in the Michigan Supreme Court was prepared by Supreme Court staff with extensive input from several prominent appellate practitioners. Topics include preparation for oral argument, filing, brief writing tips, oral argument procedures, and more. It is especially designed for those attorneys making their first appearance before the Court. The guide includes general information plus a directory of offices and programs. Click on the icon (left) to open the guide.


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