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Michigan Circuit Court of Appeals

If You Plan to Appeal a District Court Decision, Hire One of Our Experienced Appellate Lawyers

Some trial court decisions may be appealed directly to the highest court, the Michigan Supreme Court, however, this is rare, and most appeals of a trial court decision are heard by the Court of Appeals. Filing appeals, sentence appeals, and post-conviction motions requires the special skills and understanding of an experienced appellate law firm that is familiar with the court procedures and case progress in various jurisdictions.

Attorney Scott Grabel has experience working for the Michigan Court of Appeals and has more than 10 years of experience successfully handling appeals cases for people convicted of federal and state crimes throughout the state of Michigan. Criminal appeals are highly specialized and need a criminal defense firm that understands the intricacy of how to identify high quality issues on behalf of clients and argue for them in the most aggressive and persuasive fashion to convince appellate court to lower the court’s decision. Scott Grabel has also been asked to speak as an expert on Court TV’s Best Defense.

To arrange for a free consultation to discuss your rights and options for appealing a district trial court decision, call us toll free at 1-800-342-7896 or email our law firm today.  At our firm, your future is always worth fighting for, but there is a statute of limitations for filing an appeal, so the sooner you call, the sooner we can help you.

Appealing District (Trial) Court Decisions

Trial Court Appeals Made to the Circuit Court

Circuit court serves as the appellate court for district court cases. District courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Congress and the U.S. Constitution set limits on the powers and jurisdiction of district courts that are given jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.

In Michigan, there are four district courts:

Appellate court decisions are often published, which means they become part of the overall body of law in the state and can be relied on as examples for other cases. For this reason, you need a qualified appellate lawyer because simply making an appeal does not mean you will be granted one. How your appeal is presented to the court is critical in getting your case accepted for review or reconsideration by any appellate court.

Trial Court Appeals

There are three trial courts in Michigan:

  • Circuit Court;
  • District Court (including four municipal courts); and
  • Probate Court.

Different courts handle appeals as follows:

  • The circuit court acts as the appellate court for district courts.
  • The Court of Appeals acts as the appellate court for circuit court and probate court hearings.
  • The Michigan Supreme Court acts as the appellate court for the Court of Appeals and is responsible for the operations of the trial courts.

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