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Online Court Resources
Resources for the 7th District Court East - Paw Paw as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Van Buren County, Michigan, and resources applicable to all courts in Michigan.
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Criminal History Search
Search criminal histories by name and date of birth. Registration is required and a fee applies.
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
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 7th District Court East - Paw Paw Fines, Costs, and Fees
Pay 7th District Court East - Paw Paw criminal and traffic fines, costs, and fees online. A service fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Van Buren County Victim Help
The Van Buren County Sheriff's Office offers information about its Victim Services Unit, which provides immediate help to crime victims and makes referrals to social services agencies.
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.
Driver Improvement Course
The Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course offers an online or classroom program to eligible offenders to keep points off driving records upon course completion. Links to course providers and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
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.
Detailed landlord/tenant information is provided in this handbook.
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, links to additional state and local services and resources, and contact information for local county victim service agencies.
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.
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
Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties Legal and Senior Assistance
View information about Berrien County Legal Services, which provides legal assistance in some types of civil cases to low-income residents of Berrien County, and to senior residents of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties.
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, 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.