Filing fees to increase March 1

Pursuant to MCL 600.1985 et seq., the State has implemented an additional filing fee of $25 on all “civil actions” filed in the Washtenaw County Trial Court. This fee is referred to as the “electronic filing system fee” and is a mandatory fee the Court will collect on behalf of the State. The court does not keep any of this fee. 

The fee is charged on all “civil actions” which the State defines as all cases with the exception of a “criminal case, civil infraction action, a proceeding commenced in the probate court under section 3982 of the estates and protected individuals code, 1988 PA 386, MCL 700.3982, or a proceeding involving a juvenile under chapter XIIA of the probate code of 1939, 1939 PA 288, MCL 712A.1 to 712 A.32.”  (This includes domestic, adoption, civil litigation, name change and probate cases other than small estates.)

This means the total fee to file a civil action in this Court changes from $150 to $175 on March 1.

At this point in time, the Supreme Court has not authorized electronic filing at the Washtenaw County Trial Court.  The Court looks forward to its implementation in the future.


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