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Lawyer Overview for Michigan

Population:
9.9 million+
/
Number of active lawyers:
33,900+
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Michigan State  Bar Association:
website

Featured Lawyers in Michigan

Law Office Of John N. Elliott

Google rating
4.8
12 years in practice
Criminal Defense, DUI Law, Personal Injury
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The Lucaj Law Firm

Google rating
3.7
15 years in practice
Criminal Defense, DUI Law, Personal Injury
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Law Office of John Freeman

Google rating
4.7
28 years in practice
Criminal Defense, DUI Law
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Batti Law, PLLC

Google rating
4.3
2 years in practice
Business Law, Divorce & Family Law, DUI Law
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About the Michigan Legal System

There are two federal courts in Michigan: a state supreme and a state court. In addition, there is a trial court with general and limited jurisdiction.

Michigan is one of 21 states with partisan or nonpartisan judicial elections. Additionally, 17 states have judicial retention elections at all levels of the state court. Three states also have partisan judicial elections followed by retention elections.

The federal district courts for Michigan are the United States District Court for Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for Western District of Michigan.

The Michigan Supreme Court was established in 1805 and currently has seven judgeships. Bridget Mary McCormack is the current chief judge of the court.

The majority of cases involve a review of the Michigan Court of Appeals decision, but the court also hears cases of judicial misconduct. Some cases are subject to the court's original jurisdiction, including bypass appeals. It also has broad supervision control over all state courts in Michigan.

The Michigan Court of Appeals serves as the intermediate appellate court for Michigan. It is divided into 4 districts. It was established by Article VI Section 1 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963. This section provides the State of Michigan with one court of justice.

The Court of Claims, a court of limited jurisdiction, hears cases against the State of Michigan. According to the court's website, cases heard by it may include highway defects and medical malpractice, contracts and constitutional claims, prisoner litigation, tax-related suits, and other claims for damages.

Circuit courts in Michigan deal with felony criminal cases as well as civil cases that exceed $25,000. Circuit courts in Michigan handle felony criminal cases and civil cases with claims of more than $25,000. The Circuit court hears appeals from lower trial courts.

About Michigan

Over thousands of years, a number of Native American tribes occupied the area for the first time. French explorers claimed the area in the 17th century as part of their New France colony. At that time, it was largely inhabited by indigenous peoples. French and Canadian traders, settlers, Metis, and others moved to the region, settling mostly along the waterways. The British took control of the area in 1762 after France was defeated in the French and Indian War. After Britain's defeat during the American Revolutionary War, Britain ceded the territories to the United States.

This area was previously part of the larger Northwest Territory, until 1800 when it became part of Indiana Territory. Although the Michigan Territory was established in 1805, some of the northern borders with Canada were not settled until after the War of 1812. In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state in the Union. This was a free state. It quickly became a major center for industry and trade in Great Lakes Region and attracted many immigrants from Europe in the late 19th century and early 20th century. There were many immigrants from Finland, Macedonia, and the Netherlands.

Michigan Lawyers FAQs

How much does a lawyer cost in Michigan?

While prices between lawyers may vary, the average price per hour for a lawyer is between $120 and $380 per hour. Since prices may vary, be sure to ask potential lawyers for their pricing information before moving forward with them.

How do I find a lawyer in Michigan?

With Attorney At Law’s search widget, it’s easy to find lawyers near you. Just select the practice area you’re looking for and the location you need, and AAL will automatically gather all relevant results.

How many active attorneys are there in Michigan?

There are approximately 40,300 active lawyers in the state of Michigan. This number reflects all lawyers registered with The State Bar of Michigan.

Who licenses attorneys in Michigan?

The Michigan State Bar licenses all attorneys in Michigan. A lawyer that is not licensed by the state bar association cannot practice law in full capacity.

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