The Michigan Commissioner System
59 Judicature 389 (1976)
5 Pages Posted: 19 May 2013
Date Written: March 1, 1976
Soon after its creation in 1965, the Michigan Court of Appeals was inundated with applications for leave to appeal. Studying applications to appeal began to restrict the time available to hear appeals on the merits and draft opinions. So the court decided to appoint commissioners to assist with screening the application docket.
This article describes the court’s first decade of experience using commissioners. They analyze and make recommendations on the disposition of a wide range of orders and judgments of lower courts and tribunals that fall within the court’s “by leave” jurisdiction. Today many other appellate courts with discretionary jurisdiction follow this practice.
Keywords: appellate courts, commissioners, screening
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