Resource Directory: Litigator’s List

Court Costs, Fees, and Information Sources

The following rates are subject to change. Please confirm with the specific courts.

This page updated 4/1/2022

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FEDERAL COURTS

U.S. SUPREME COURT

U.S. Supreme Court website (links to new window)

  • Petition for Writ of Certiorari—$300
  • Admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court—$200
    • Duplicate copy of admissions—$15
  • Copying fees—no charge
  • Certified copies—$1 per page
  • Certificate of Good Standing—$10
  • Supreme Court Rules—See website

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS, SIXTH CIRCUIT

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit website (links to new window)

  • Appeal fee (payable to District Court Clerk)—$500
    • 28 USC 1913
  • Search of court records, photocopies, and certification—See website
  • Admission to the Bar of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals—$188

U.S. DISTRICT COURTS

U.S. DISTRICT COURT — EASTERN DISTRICT

U.S. District Court, Eastern District website (links to new window)

  • Admission fee—$307
  • Certification, photocopy fees—See website
  • Civil filing fee — 28 USC 1914—$402
  • Notice of Appeal—$505

Bankruptcy Court — Eastern District

Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District website (links to new window)

  • Filing fees—See website
  • Certification, photocopy fees—See website

U.S. District Court — Western District

U.S. District Court, Western District website (links to new window)

  • Admission fee—$240
  • Civil filing fee—28 USC 1914—$402
  • Habeas Corpus petition—$5
  • Notice of Appeal—$505
  • Certification, photocopy fees—See website
  • Witness fee—$40 per day

Bankruptcy Court — Western District

Bankruptcy Court, Western District website (links to new window)

  • Filing fees—See website
  • Certification, photocopy fees—See website

STATE COURTS

SUPREME COURT

Supreme Court website (links to new window)

  • Application for Leave to Appeal or any original action — MCR 7.319(C)(1)—$375
  • Electronic filing system fee — MCL 600.1986—$25
  • Motion for Immediate Consideration/Expedited Appeal—$150
  • Motion fee — 7.319(C)(3))—$75
  • Additional appeal fee paid to Circuit Court Clerk — MCL 600.2529(1)(g)—$25
  • Certificate as Member in Good Standing of Bar (small document)—$10

COURT OF APPEALS

Court of Appeals website (links to new window)

(Click on “Clerk’s Office” then “Internal Operating Procedures”)

  • Entry fee for each lower court number — MCL 600.321(1)(a)—$375
    • (claim, application, cross-appeal, or original action — MCL 600.321(1))
  • Electronic filing system fee — MCL 600.1986(1)(a)—$25
  • Motion for Immediate Consideration—$200
  • Motion to Expedite Appeal—$200
  • Motion fee — MCL 600.321(1)(b)—$100

CIRCUIT COURT

Circuit Court website (links to new window)

  • Filing fee — MCL 600.2529(a)—$150
  • Electronic filing system fee — MCL 600.1986(1)(a)—$25
  • Motion fee — MCL 600.2529(1)(e)—$20
  • Case evaluation panel member fees — MCR 2.403(H)
    • Attorney panel member—$75
    • Judge member—$50
  • Mediation — other general civil — See MCR 2.411(D)(1) — mediator entitled to reasonable compensation on an hourly rate
  • Mediation — domestic relations — See MCR 3.216(J)
  • Jury trial fee payable on the day jury demand is filed — MCL 600.2529(1)(c)—$85
  • Garnishment fee, attachment fee, execution fee, judgment — debtor discover subpoena mcl 600.2529 (1)(h)—$15
  • Certification fee — MCL 600.2546—$10 + $1 per page
  • Divorce filing fee—$150 + one of the following:
    • Judgment fee — In action in which support of minor child is determined—$40
    • In action in which custody or parenting time of minor children is determined—$80

Witness fee must be served on witness together with payment of one day’s attendance and mileage — MCR 2.506(G)(1)

  • Per day — MCL 600.2552(1)—$12
  • Per half-day — MCL 600.2552(1)—$6

Mileage rate is benchmarked on the IRS rate and changes annually on January 1 (links to new window) — (Choose “Services & Facilities” then “Travel”)

MCL 600.2552 (5) Expert witness fee — by order of the court — MCL 600.2164

Attorney fees taxable as costs in Circuit Court — MCL 600.2405(6)

  • Proceedings before trial — MCL 600.2441(2)(a)—$20
  • Motions that result in dismissal or judgment — MCL 600.2441(2)(b)—$20
  • Attorney fee if trial is had — MCL 600.2441(2)(c)—$150
  • If default or consent judgment is entered — MCL 600.2441(2)(e)—$75
  • For taxable costs other than attorney fees, see MCL 600.2405 and MCL 600.2501

DISTRICT COURT

District Court website (links to new window)

Filing fee (includes judgment fee)—MCL 600.8371

  • If claim is over $10,000—$150
  • If claim is over $1,750 to $10,000—$65
  • If claim is over $600 to $1,750—$45
  • If claim is $600 or less—$25

Electronic filing system fee — MCL 600.1986

  • For civil actions filed in the district court, including summary proceedings actions—$10
  • For civil actions filed in the district court if a claim for money damages is joined with a claim for relief other than money damages—$20
  • For civil actions filed in the small claims division—$5
  • Motion fee — MCL 600.8371(10)—$20
  • Jury demand fee payable by party requesting the jury — MCL 600.8371(9)—$50
  • Garnishment fee, attachment fee, execution fee, judgment debtor discovery subpoena — MCL 600.5757—$15
  • Summary proceedings fee — MCL 600.5756 For possesion of premises only—$45

When a claim for money damages is joined with a claim for relief for other than money damages, a supplemental fee is required:

  • If claim is over $10,000—$150
  • If claim is over $1,750 to $10,000—$65
  • If claim is over $600 to $1,750—$45
  • If claim is $600 or less—$25

Small claims fees

  • If claim exceeds $1,750—$65
  • If claim exceeds $600 but does not exceed $1,750—$45
  • If claim is $600 or less—$25

Appeal to Circuit Court

  • Fee to District Court Clerk — MCL 600.6536—$25
  • plus fee to Circuit Court Clerk — MCL 600.2529(1)(b)—$150
  • Certified copy — MCL 600.2546—$10 + $1 per page

PROBATE COURT

Probate Court website (links to new window)

  • Electronic filing system fee — MCL 600.1986—$25

STATE AGENCIES

Secretary of State — Automobile and Driver Records (links to new window)

Michigan State Police — Accident Reports (links to new window)

Forms and instructions available on the website under Freedom of Information Act Requests link.

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs — Corporate Records (links to new window)

INTEREST ON MONEY JUDGMENTS

Interest on Money Judgments website (links to new window)