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DUE TO CHANGE IN LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, AN ADDITIONAL FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR ALL NEW CIVIL FILINGS AS FOLLOWS:
- Add $5.00 for Small Claims cases
- Add $10.00 for civil actions seeking money damages
- Add $10.00 for Landlord/Tenant cases
- Add $20.00 for any cases joining claims for money damages and other relief.
See Filing Fee page for chart of standard fees. The above amounts must be added to those listed in the fee chart.
The Civil Division handles Small Claims cases, Landlord/Tenant cases and General Civil cases. Information and other assistance is available on www.michiganlegalhelp.org.
What is a General Civil case?
A civil case is a lawsuit seeking damages from someone you claim caused you harm.
If your claim for damages is $25,000 or less, you may file your lawsuit in District Court. Lawsuits for more than $25,000 must be filed in Circuit Court. If the amount of damages is $5,500 or less, you may also use the small claims process.
Civil cases are started by filing a Summons and Complaint (SCAO approved forms MC01 and MC01a). Forms are available through the link on the Court's home page.
The court clerks are available to offer assistance in processing your paperwork. Court clerks are not attorneys and are forbidden by law to give legal advice.
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