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Certain forms are pre-printed. For example, summons, garnishments, some judgments, answer forms, and certain motions. Attorneys draft most of the documents that are filed in Circuit Court. You may call the Self Help Legal Resource Center at 269-983-7111, Ext. 8793 or go to the Michigan Courts website.
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These are the fees:
A restricted drivers license can be obtained through the Circuit Court. There is $175 filing fee.
Before you file your ex-parte petition with the court petitioner / transferee will need:
You must fill out the required form and pay a $10 (effective 1/2/02) fee, upon request. If mailed please include self addressed, stamped envelope.
You start a contractor's lien at the Register of Deeds office.
Please refer to the Michigan Rules of Court publisher - West Group. It is recommended to seek an attorney. We can not give out legal advice.
An appeal regarding the MESC is filed in the Circuit Court. There are no fees required. You may open it with a complaint and summons through an attorney. If in proper person proceed according to Michigan Court Rules. We cannot give you legal advice. We are not attorneys.
Circuit Court Civil files stored at the Courthouse are the current year's files plus the two previous years. Circuit Court files stored at the warehouse start at 1835 (warehouse not open to public).
You are not required to have an attorney, however due to the complexity of the Circuit Court, it is best to get an attorney. It is always recommended to seek advice from an attorney. We do not give out legal advice.
You can obtain a copy from the Family Division of the County Clerk's office. The cost is $1 per page. If you need a certified copy, the cost is $10, plus $1 per page.
Criminal: all criminal cases start in District Court. If a criminal case is determined to be a felony, it is then bound over into Circuit Court.
Civil: District Court civil cases are damages under $25,000. Circuit Court civil cases are damages over $25,000.
Family: a domestic case is actually considered a civil matter, however due to the domestic / family issues these cases are filed in the Family Division. All Family Division cases are at Circuit level which include:
There is no charge.
The County Clerk's Office makes every effort to process PPO petitions within 48 hours. If your case is approved, the PPO Clerk will notify you by phone. If your case is denied, you will be notified by mail as to the Court's decision.
The packet including the petition also includes a sheet with complete instructions regarding the service of your PPO.
Contact the police immediately to report the violation.
The respondent must come appear in Court if arrested. If the person is not arrested for the violation, you may come in to either of the County Clerk's office locations referenced above and ask for a "Motion to Show Cause" form. If approved, the court will hold a hearing with regards to the violation.
The Court may jail the respondent if found guilty of violating the terms of the PPO. The sentence may be up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.