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Online Court Resources
Resources for the 20th Circuit Court - Ottawa as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Ottawa County, Michigan, and resources applicable to all courts in Michigan.
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Ottawa County Circuit and District Court Records
Search Ottawa County Circuit and District Court case records online 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.
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.
Forms and related information
20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Forms
View and download 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) adoption, name change, and Personal Protection Order forms. Scroll down to the center of the page, to "Court Forms for Filing" for links to forms.
Ottawa County Friend of the Court Forms and Information
View and download Ottawa County Friend of the Court forms and 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.
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
Pay 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Fines, Costs, and Restitution
Pay 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) fines, costs, and restitution online.
Child Support Payments
Make Michigan child support payments online. A convenience fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Adult Drug Treatment Court
View information about the 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Adult Drug Treatment Court, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse problems. Links to program documents and the referral form are included.
20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County) alternative dispute resolution, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial.
Ottawa County Friend of the Court
View information about the Ottawa County Friend of the Court, which assists the Family Division of Circuit Court in matters of child custody, parenting time, and child support. Links to additional information, publications, forms, and online resources are in the left column.
Ottawa County Bad Check Information
The Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney's Office offers information for merchants about check fraud prevention, merchant responsibilities, civil alternative to prosecution, and notice 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 emergency shelter, counseling, referrals, victims' rights, compensation, and restitution.
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 case assistance. 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.
Child Custody Information
View and download the Michigan Custody Guideline with detailed information about child custody.
Child Support Case Search
Sign up with this Office of Child Support online service to view child support enforcement and payment information.
Child Support Information
The Michigan Department of Human Services offers information and services related to child support, including starting a case, locating parents, making, changing, and enforcing child support orders, establishing paternity, making payments, and related matters.
Child Support Services Application
View instructions for applying for child support services, with a link to the required form.
Domestic Violence Information
Resources and services to victims of domestic violence, stalking, and date rape are provided, including a directory of shelters.
Friend of the Court Handbook
View and download a handbook of detailed information about the Friend of the Court office, which assists local family court divisions of the circuit courts in matters of child custody, visitation and parenting plans, and child support.
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.
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.
Problem Solving Courts
Problem Solving Courts are programs administered by Michigan Circuit and District Courts to provide alternatives to incarceration by offering treatment, education, and community service options for certain offenders. Court types include: Drug, DWI, Family Dependency, Mental Health, Gun, Domestic Violence, Teen, and Veterans' Treatment.
The Michigan Attorney General's Office offers information about victims' rights and compensation, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional state and local services and resources.
Consumer Protection Guide
View and download a Consumer Protection Guide with information about consumer rights, legal actions, fraud prevention, and a directory of advocacy organizations and agencies.
Consumer Protection Information
The Michigan Attorney General's Office offers information about consumer issues, including scams, prevention tips, fraud alerts and updates, and a link to online complaint forms and instructions.
Search Michigan Court Rules and other rules related to court procedure, including the regulation of lawyers and judges, by keyword. Michigan Court Rules are displayed by rule type and chapter.
Court Services and Procedures
View information about going to court in Michigan, including an overview of court processes, forms and instructions, a legal terms handbook, alternative dispute resolution, and various court services, such as interpreter and disability accommodation requests.
Legal Information and Self-Help Resources
The State Bar of Michigan offers legal information by topic, including consumer, criminal, employment, immigration, probate, and family law. Additional links include how to find a lawyer, local law library, legal research assistance, and Michigan legal websites.
Michigan Compiled Laws, Acts, and Constitution
Search Michigan statutes and the Michigan Constitution by section or statute number, popular name, chapter, or keyword. Links to state legislative resources, including pending and signed bills, committee types, members, and schedules, and a directory of state legislators are also included.
Michigan Law Libraries
View information about the State Law Library including print and online legal research resources, available library services, and a directory of local law libraries by region.
Michigan Legal Help
Michigan Legal Help provides information on a variety of civil matters, including family law, abuse prevention and victim protection, consumer, housing, public benefits, employment, and estate and guardianship. Self-help resources include guides and articles by legal topic, forms, instructions, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Office of Dispute Resolution
Find information about alternative dispute resolution in Michigan, including an online guide to mediation procedures, an instructional video, brochures and pamphlets, and Community Dispute Resolution Program.
Tribal Court Information
View information about Native American Tribal Courts in Michigan, with contacts and links to individual court websites.
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.
A Practical Guide to Hiring a Lawyer
The State Bar of Michigan offers an instructional guide to assist individuals in finding, selecting, and hiring a lawyer.
Complaints Against Attorneys
The procedure for filing an investigation for attorney misconduct is provided by the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.
Complaints Against Attorneys, Judges, and Court Personnel
View the procedure for filing a complaint against a Michigan judge, attorney, and other court personnel (including court reporters and interpreters).
Complaints Against Judges
View information about how to file a complaint against a judge and link to records of pending and resolved disciplinary proceedings.
Directory of Free and Low-Cost Legal Services
View organizations offering free and low-cost legal services to low-income residents, by county and by 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.
Find Legal Assistance
View information about lawyer referral services, community legal resource and assistance centers, and court-appointed attorneys.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Services Search
Search 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 assistance to low-income residents.
Search the Michigan Bar Association directory of member lawyers by name, firm name, location, member number, keyword, committee and section membership, and status.
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.