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​Michigan Court System


The three-level judicial branch of government is also known as the Michigan court system. Almost every case starts and stops in a local trial court. Appeals are heard by the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. 


Judicial Branch of Government

About the Michigan Judicial Branch of Government

Introduction to the Judicial Branch 

A Day in Court Games for modern desktop browsers, including Chromebooks. Educator Resources (PDF) | Student WebQuest​ (PDF) 

Best of Justitia 


Interpreting the Law (PDF)

Lesson adaptable for elementary through high school; students read and interpret actual state laws (primary sources)


Blackline master to build the pyramid structure of the judicial branch of government

Organizational Chart​ (PDF)

Numbers of courts/judges, jurisdictions, and routes of appeals


Non-fiction text and the story of Judge Ethics
Handbook of Legal Terms​, a legal dictionary for a nonlegal audience (PDF)



 Symbols of the Judicial Branch


 Michigan Supreme Court Courtroom Tour



About the Michigan Supreme Court

About Current Justices and Past Justices


Appellate courts hear "oral arguments" about cases


Lessons from the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society



About the Michigan Court of Appeals



About the Court of Claims

Michigan Courts Quick Reference​ (PDF)

Responsibilities of various trial courts


Best of Justitia Jury Service (PDF)


Jury Orientation (6-minute video)

An overview of jury service for those called as jurors in Michigan's state courts


Guide to Planning a Field Trip to District Court​ (PDF)



MSC Learning Center

925 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI 48915

Phone: (517) 373-7171


Rachael Drenovsky

Amy Feinauer