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Local circuit court numbers for 2009

Submitted by on April 16, 2010 – 6:15 amNo Comment

The State of Michigan has released an annual report on state courts that highlights judicial caseload and other  court matters.

Continuing a trend of recent years, Michigan state courts had an overall clearance rate – used to measure the extent to which courts keep up with their caseloads – of 100 percent.  Circuit courts saw a 99.1 percent clearance rate, with 323,613 new filings or reopened cases and 320,547 case decisions or other resolutions.

Taking a look at some courts in northeast lower Michigan reveals the 26th Circuit Court of Alpena handled the most cases in 2009 with 418, of which 303 were new filings.  That was up from 244 filings in 2008.  Of the 418 cases, 322 were resolved and 5 went to trial.  There were 154 new divorces, 35 personal protection orders were issued and 213 minors entered the juvenile system for delinquent behavior.

The total caseload in the 26th Circuit Court of Montmorency County was 146 with 102 new filings.  Eighty-seven cases were cleared.    There were two trials, 44 divorces and 55 juveniles entered the system. 

The 23rd Circuit Court in Alcona had a total caseload of 121.  There were 91 new filings and 89 cases were cleared – two by trial.  There were 48 divorces and 55 minors entered the juvenile system. 

And, in Presque Isle’s 53rd Circuit Court, the caseload in 2009 was 218 with 179 cases cleared and 138 new filings.  There were four trials, 47 divorces and 56 juveniles entered into the court system.