The Oakland County Circuit Court uses an individual docket system - which means a case assigned to a particular judge stays with that judge until it is over. There are instances - such as disqualification, consolidation, previous case - when the reassignment of a judge may occur.
As cases go through various stages, the Case Management Office sends computer-generated notices to attorneys handling each case, as well as to pro per litigants.
All general jurisdiction judges use the automated order system for the scheduling of their cases. The order gives the following dates or cutoffs:
- Experts Named
- Mediation Month & Year
- Witness List and Exhibits Exchange
- Dispositive Motions and Motions in Limine
- Discovery Cutoff
- Settlement Conference (if applicable)
- Trial Date (if applicable)
Instructions regarding ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), proposed jury instructions and trial briefs are also in the automated order. The instructions direct the recipients to make objections to the order within 14 days of the date of the order.
The Case Management Office receives praecipes (requests for hearings by attorneys and litigants representing themselves) and schedules them for the miscellaneous motion call. Praecipes must be received by the Case Management Office no later than 4:30 p.m. the Wednesday before the requested motion date. A bar code label must be attached to the face of the praecipe. THE CASE MANAGEMENT OFFICE WILL NOT ACCEPT PRAECIPES AFTER 4:30 P.M.
Attorney Vacation Letters
Vacation letters are accepted by the Case Management Office for entry into the computer. If an attorney submits a letter indicating dates (up to six weeks per year) that he/she is unavailable, those dates are entered into the computer and the attorneys are shown as "unavailable" when the assignment clerks are setting dates. If an attorney conflict appears, an alternate date is chosen. If, however, an attorney conflict appears on a criminal matter, the conflict is ignored and the date is entered as ordered.
Caseflow Management Plans:
Circuit-Administrative Order 2004-06
Probate-Administrative Order 2004-05