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The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest
powers in Michigan. In general, the circuit court handles all civil cases with
claims of more than $25,000 and all felony criminal cases (cases where the accused,
if found guilty, could be sent to prison). The family division of circuit court
handles all cases regarding divorce, paternity, adoptions, personal protection
actions, emancipation of minors, treatment and testing of infectious disease,
safe delivery of newborns, name changes, juvenile offenses, and child abuse
and neglect. The court most people have contact with is the district court.
The district court handles most traffic violations, all civil cases with claims
up to $25,000, landlord-tenant matters, most traffic tickets, and all misdemeanor
criminal cases (generally, cases where the accused, if found guilty, cannot
be sentenced to more than one year in jail). In addition, small claims cases
are heard by a division of the district court. In Michigan, a few municipalities
have chosen to retain a municipal court rather than create a district court.
The municipal courts have limited powers and are located in Grosse Pointe, Grosse
Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, and Grosse Point Shores/Grosse Pointe Woods.
From here you are able to inquire on Michigan state
case records including docket entries, parties, judgments, and charges in public
courts. In common law jurisdictions, a court of record is a court that keeps
permanent records of its proceedings. Judgments of a trial court of record are
normally subject to appellate review. In many jurisdictions, all courts are
courts of record. In many jurisdictions, courts that have the power to fine
or imprison must be courts of record. In almost all jurisdictions, a court of
record will have a court clerk whose primary duty is to maintain the permanent
records. Traditionally, a court of record was required to have its own unique
seal, which was used to authenticate its judgments and copies of its records.
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