Did you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the Michigan Court of Appeals after your case is filed? Outwardly, the case may appear to languish during a wait clients perceive as interminable. But the Court of Appeals is not a black hole. Systems are in place within the Court to guide each case through the appellate process in a timely and efficient manner.
For most practitioners, the Clerk’s Office is the public face of the Court, acting as a conduit between the public and the judiciary. Its mission is twofold: to timely and accurately docket the papers coming into the Court and to efficiently guide the case to resolution through designated internal procedures. The Court’s current goal is to dispose of 95 percent of all cases within 18 months of inception. It is very close to achieving that goal this year, disposing of roughly 93 percent of cases within that time in 2015. Ultimately, the Court seeks to shorten the 95 percent disposition rate to 15 months. Presently, about 75 percent of all cases are completed at that rate.