Benchbooks provide an overview of legal procedure for a judge. Benchbooks assist judges in deciding how to dispose of a case.
The Michigan Judicial Institute publishes benchbooks online for the public to read and print. Michigan benchbook subjects include Crime Victims Rights, Residential Landlord-Tenant Law, Evidence, Adoption Proceedings, and Traffic, among others.
The law on any subject is not set in stone; it evolves with every new statute, case, and regulation. Dates are always important in legal matters.
Individual courts expect litigants to use specific forms published by the courts themselves. Go to the courts webpage or call the clerk's office for forms specific to that court.