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Ottawa County Circuit and District Court Records
Search Ottawa County Circuit and District Court case records by year, name, date of birth, party type, and case type through this paid service.
Criminal History Search
Search criminal histories by name and date of birth. Registration is required and a fee applies.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Ottawa County Circuit and Probate Court Schedule
Search Ottawa County Circuit and Probate Court schedule by name or case number, or view the schedule by judge, time, involved parties, case number, and hearing type.
20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Juvenile Court Schedule
View the schedule for 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Juvenile Court.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search Michigan Attorney General opinions from 1963 to present. Search by full text, keyword, subject, headnote, or opinion number.
Self help, legal research, general information
Ottawa County Legal Self-Help
View information about services available at the Ottawa County Legal Self-Help Center, including family, small claims, landlord/tenant, garnishment, and probate. Links to a glossary of terms and additional online resources are in the left column.
Ottawa County Personal Protection Orders
The Ottawa County Clerk's Office offers information about Personal Protection Orders, including legal obligations when filing, types of orders, and links to forms.
Ottawa County Domestic Violence and Crime Victim Help
The Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney's Office offers information about its services to victims of domestic violence and crime, including counseling, shelter, referrals, victims' rights, compensation, restitution, and more. Links to "Domestic Violence" and "Victim Assistance" are in the left column.
Ottawa County Bad Check Information
The Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney's Office offers information for merchants about bad check fraud prevention, merchant responsibilities, civil alternative to prosecution, and information and notice forms.
Search Michigan Court Rules and other rules related to court procedure, including the regulation of lawyers and judges, by keyword; view rules by rule type and chapter.
Legal Information and Self Help Resources
The State Bar of Michigan offers legal information organized by topic including Consumer, Criminal, Debt, Elder, Family, Identity Theft, Immigration, Landlord/Tenant, and Wills and Trusts. Additional links include Finding a Lawyer, Finding a Law Library, legal research resources, and Michigan legal websites.
Search for legal information articles by keyword, or browse by topic including Criminal, Domestic Violence, Elder, Family, Housing, Benefits, Consumer, Employment, Immigration, Native American, and more. Some materials are available in Arabic or Spanish.
Court Services and Procedures
View information about going to court, including interpreter and disability accommodation requests and other general court issues. View tips for finding legal information, collecting money on a judgment, and general information about court procedure including civil case filing and response, court hearings, and mediation. Links are in the left column.
Personal Protection Orders
View information about Personal Protection Orders for domestic violence or stalking, with a link to the Personal Protection Self Help Center which has procedural instructions and downloadable forms.
Child Support Information
The Michigan Department of Human Services offers information and services related to child support, including starting a case, locating parents, making or changing child support orders, locating absent parents, establishing paternity, enforcement of child support orders, making payments, and custody and parenting time issues.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Michigan, including local housing counseling agencies, state agencies and programs, and a link to legal aid providers.
Office of Dispute Resolution
Find information on alternative dispute resolution in Michigan, including the Community Dispute Resolution Program and a list of mediation centers by county.
Michigan Compiled Laws, Acts, and Constitution
Search Michigan statutes and the Michigan Constitution by section or statute number, name, chapter, or keyword. Links to advanced search, Public Acts search, and index of chapters are in the left column.
Michigan Law Libraries
View information about the State Law Library including available resources, document copying and delivery, and links to online legal research resources. A directory of local law libraries by region, with links to their websites, is also available.
Types of Cases
View information about various types of cases including civil, civil infraction, custody, divorce, eviction, support, felony, misdemeanor, paternity, personal protection, small claims, name change, emancipation, and setting aside convictions. Links to the case types are in the left column.
Friend of the Court Handbook
View and download a handbook of detailed information about the Friend of the Court, which assists local family court divisions of the circuit courts in matters of child custody, parenting time, and child support.
Child Support Case Search
Sign up with this Office of Child Support online service to view child support enforcement and payment information.
Setting Aside an Adult Conviction
View information about having an adult criminal record set aside (expunged), including a downloadable application form.
Setting Aside a Juvenile Adjudication
View information about having a juvenile record aside (expunged), including a downloadable application form.
View information about name changes for persons over or under 14 years of age, procedural instructions, name change orders, and links to forms.
Emancipation of Minors
View information about emancipation of minors, with procedural instructions and links to forms.
Problem Solving Courts
View information about Problem Solving Courts, which are programs of Circuit and District Courts that provide alternatives to incarceration, such as treatment, education, and community service for some offenders. Types of programs include Drug, DWI, and Family Dependency Court; Mental Health Court; Veterans Treatment Court; Community Court; and other types such as Child Support Court, Domestic Violence Court, Gambling Court, Gun Court, Homeless Court, Teen Court, and Truancy Court. Links are in the left column.
Friend of the Court Information
View general information about the Friend of the Court, and follow links in the left column to the Child Support Formula, Parenting Time Guideline, information for soldiers, and additional resources.
Child Custody Information
View and download the Michigan Custody Guideline with detailed information about child custody.
Tribal Court Information
View information about Native American Tribal Courts in Michigan, with contacts and links to individual court websites.
Child Support Services Application
View instructions for applying for child support services, with a link to the required form.
Domestic Violence Information
View a guide to domestic violence, stalking, and date rape, including a directory of shelters.
Consumer Protection Guide
View and download a Consumer Protection Guide with information about rights, legal action, types of consumer issues, and a directory of helpful agencies.
Consumer Protection Information
The Michigan Attorney General's Office offers information about various types of consumer issues, tips, alerts, brochures, and instructions for filing various types of complaint forms.
The Michigan Attorney General's Office offers information about crime victims' rights and compensation, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional state and local services and resources.
Legal Self-Help Information
Michigan Legal Help offers information by topic including Family, Protection from Abuse, Housing, Consumer, Expungement, Benefits, and Tax. Links to local Self-Help Centers, community services, and courts are provided by county.
The Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan offers information for crime victims and witnesses, including a glossary of criminal terms, tips for testifying in court, the steps in a criminal case, and victim rights including compensation and answers to frequently asked questions.
Crime Victim Information
The Michigan Department of Corrections offers information about the parole consideration process, victim notification, crime victims' rights, a victims' compensation application form, brochures, and links to agencies that serve victims.
20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Juvenile Court Programs and Services
View information about juvenile programs and services in 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County), including community service, emancipation, and various alternative and incentive programs. Links to the court process, Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, definitions of legal terms, and additional treatment programs are in the left column.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Ottawa County Attorneys
View a list of attorneys who practice in Ottawa County by practice area. Contact information is included.
Find Legal Assistance
View information about lawyer referral services, Legal Assistance Centers, and court-appointed attorneys.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Services Search
The State Bar of Michigan offers a search of legal service providers by type of service and county, with contact information and links to organizations' websites. These organizations provide free and low-cost legal services to low-income residents.
Directory of Free and Low-Cost Legal Services
View organizations offering free and low-cost legal services to low-income residents, by county and legal issue.
Find Attorney Discipline Records
The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board offers online access to notices of discipline, disability, and reinstatement since October 1978 by attorney last name.
Lawyer Referral Services
The State Bar of Michigan offers a statewide lawyer referral service by phone or online request, and contact information for local lawyer referral services by county.
A Practical Guide to Hiring a Lawyer
View this publication from the State Bar of Michigan that helps the reader decide when it is necessary to hire a lawyer, and how to find and hire a lawyer.
Search the Michigan Bar Association directory of member lawyers by name, address, member type, or member number. Additional search options include committee and section membership. Use the "geographic roster" links in the left column to view a list of member lawyers by city.
Complaints Against Attorneys, Judges, and Court Personnel
View the procedure for filing a complaint against a Michigan attorney, judge, Friend of the Court, or other court personnel.
Complaints Against Judges
The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission offers information about the procedure for requesting an investigation of a judge for misconduct.
Complaints Against Attorneys
The Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission offers information about the procedure for requesting an investigation of an attorney for misconduct.
Forms and related information
Online Court Forms
View and download forms for various legal issues and general court procedure. Categories of available forms include, but are not limited to: civil, criminal, domestic relations, probate, juvenile, landlord/tenant, mental health, motor vehicle, name change, personal protection, and small claims. Forms are organized by subject and may be searched by form number or form name.
Attorney Complaint Form and Information
The Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission provides instructions and a form to request an investigation of an attorney for misconduct.
Judge Complaint Form and Information
The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission provides instructions and a form to file a grievance against a judge.
Online fine payments
Child Support Payments
Make Michigan child support payments online. A convenience fee applies.
Pay 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Juvenile Court Fees and Reimbursement
Pay 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Juvenile Court fees and reimbursement by parent ID or juvenile file number.