A founding purpose of the GTLA Bar Association is "to promote the effective and efficient administration of justice."


It is estimated that over 90% of civil cases are settled by the mutual agreement of the parties prior to trial.

For a list of court-approved civil mediators, see: https://www.gtcountymi.gov/1672/General-Civil-Mediator-List-PDF

Case Flow

"Justice delayed is justice denied."  The Michigan Supreme Court reports performance measures to the public to promote the efficient administration of justice:  See https://www.courts.michigan.gov/administration/trial-court/trial-court-operations/performance-measures/  See also: https://www.courts.michigan.gov/4acb2e/siteassets/publications/manuals/casefile/cfmg.pdf

Digital Recordings of Court Proceedings

MCR 4.407(G)(5)'s mandatory recording rule became effective on 7/26/21.  Public funds have been used to update the 13th Circuit's and the 86th District Court's a/v recording systems so that verifiable transcripts can be quickly made from the digital recordings.   For an example of how this new system is implemented for quick and accurate transcript turn-around, see https://www.vanburencountymi.gov/211/Request-a-Video-or-Transcript-of-a-Heari   


Transcripts are a rate-limiting step in the legal process. To report issues regarding the timeliness or accuracy of transcripts, see: https://www.courts.michigan.gov/administration/committees-boards/court-reporters-and-recorders-board-of-review/   See also: https://www.courts.michigan.gov/4ade4c/siteassets/publications/manuals/crr/crr_mnl.pdf 

Michigan's Virtual Court Directory:

See https://micourt.courts.michigan.gov/virtualcourtroomdirectory

E-Filing in Michigan's One Court of Justice

"... [T]he judicial power of the state is vested exclusively in one court of justice which shall be divided into one supreme court, one court of appeals, one trial court of general jurisdiction known as the circuit court, one probate court, and courts of limited jurisdiction that the legislature may establish by a two-thirds vote of the members elected to and serving in each house."

For resources, see: https://www.courts.michigan.gov/mifile-systems/mifile-resources/

The 13th Circuit is an e-filing court.

For more information, click here: https://www.courts.michigan.gov/mifile-systems/mifile-filers-in-the-trial-courts/

The Michigan Court of Appeals is an e-filing Court;

For more information, click here: https://www.courts.michigan.gov/courts/court-of-appeals/

E-Filing in the Federal Courts

The federal courts are e-filing courts

For more information, click here: https://pacer.uscourts.gov/