APPEALS TO CIRCUIT COURT

Pursuant to MCR 7.103(A), the Circuit Court has jurisdiction over appeals of right by an aggrieved party from the following:

(1)    a final judgment or final order of a district or municipal court, except a judgment based on a plea of guilty or nolo contendere;

(2)    a final order or decision of an agency governed by the Administrative Procedures Act, MCL 24.201 et seq.; and

(3)    a final order or decision of an agency from which an appeal of right to the circuit court is provided by law.

Pursuant to MCR 7.103(B), the Circuit Court may grant leave to appeal from:

(1) a judgment or order of a trial court when

     (a) no appeal of right exists, or

     (b) an appeal of right could have been taken but was not timely filed;

(2)    a final order or decision of an agency from which an appeal by leave to the circuit court is provided by law;

(3)    an interlocutory order or decision of an agency if an appeal of right would have been available for a final order or decision and if waiting to appeal of right would not be an adequate remedy;

(4)    a final order or decision of an agency if an appeal of right was not timely filed and a statute authorizes a late appeal; and

(5)    a decision of the Michigan Parole Board to grant parole.

There are many different types of appeals and different rules that apply to each type of appeal. If representing yourself, it is your responsibility to follow the court rules that apply to your appeal. Staff cannot give advice about the content of your appeal, but can provide you with procedural direction and forms.  If your appeal fails to be in compliance with the court rules, your appeal could be dismissed which could result in you missing the deadline for your appeal.  It is always best to consult with an attorney who can give you legal advice about your particular case.

If you are representing yourself, some self help tools are available at: