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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


Introductory presentation for Learning Center tours


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 for elementary students; 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)

  

Michigan Supreme Court

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

 

Michigan Court of Appeals

About the Michigan Court of Appeals

 

Michigan Trial Courts

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)

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MSC Learning Center

Michigan Hall of Justice

925 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI 48915

Phone: (517) 373-7171

Fax: (517) 373-7615

 

Rachael Drenovsky

drenovskyr@courts.mi.gov

Amy Feinauer

feinauera@courts.mi.gov