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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.
Pro Se Pro Tips: Pay Attention to Dates
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.
Books with Legal Practice Forms
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.
Legal Forms Databases
Legal Information Reference Center
Curated by Nolo, the Legal Information Reference Center contains a database of self-help books and legal forms organized by state and by topic.
Self-Represented Litigation Network
The Self-Represented Litigation Network compiles links to each state's content for SRLs, including court self-help pages, legal forms, and video tutorials.