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Michigan Legal Research: Practice Materials

An overview of the sources of law in Michigan, including primary law resources and state-specific secondary resources.


Forms can assist you with filing complete and correct documents in Michigan courts. SCAO approved forms are those specifically approved for use in Michigan Courts by the Michigan Supreme Court. Other forms can also be found in our print collection and online (e.g. through ICLE). These documents serve as templates and/or ready to use fill-in forms.

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Court Rules

Like federal and other state courts, practice in Michigan courts is governed by various court rules. These rules govern proceedings in different types of courts and pertain to different aspects of practice. Frequently consulted court rules include the Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Rules of Evidence. These rules, and many others, can be found via the Michigan Supreme Court site (as PDF documents) or in annotated print versions available at the Law Library.

Treatises, Practice Manuals & Guides

Treatises (in-depth coverage on a particular topic or area of law), practice manuals and guides are available for many areas of law. Manuals and treatises for specific practice areas are available on commercial databases such as Westlaw, Lexis, and from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). The Law Library also has print treatises and manuals available. Please see the Treatise Finder Guide and select an area of law to view our holdings.

Other Practice Materials

Aside from manuals, treatises, and forms, there are a range of other practice materials available for different practice areas. The majority of these types of practice materials are available only through commercial databases or in some print materials in the Law Library's collection. Other practice materials include: standard clauses and documents; toolkits; checklists; and current awareness services.

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