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.
Federal and State form books provide standard language for legal documents, as well as fill-in-the-blank forms for pleading and practice. The following are some of the form books available in the Library:
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.