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FAQs: attorney

  • How do I file an Appeal?

    An Appeal may be filed
    1) electronically by registered e-filers,
    2) in person, or
    3) by mail at any Clerk's Office location within the Western District of Michigan (make the check payable to "Clerk, U.S. District Court").

    The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will send out a package upon receipt of the Notice of Appeal with the appeal case number and briefing schedule.

    Notice of Appeal Filing Fee - Click here for fee amount.

  • How do I file documents under seal?
  • Should discovery material be filed with the Clerk's Office?

    No. Pursuant to W.D. Mich. LCivR 5.3, discovery material, including initial disclosures made under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a) (1)-(3), shall not be filed, except when needed in a particular proceeding or upon order of the Court.

  • What is the procedure for scheduling a hearing?

    Pursuant to W.D. Mich. LCivR 7.2(d) and 7.3(d), "any party desiring oral argument shall include a request for oral argument in the caption and the heading of the party’s brief... The time for oral argument on all motions shall be scheduled and noticed by the Court at the earliest convenient date."

  • In which divisional office should I file pleadings for my existing case?

    Southern Division pleadings (those cases beginning with a 1, 4 or 5) may be filed in any of the Southern Division offices: Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo. Northern Division pleadings (those cases beginning with a 2) should be filed in the Marquette office. Every attorney practicing in this Court must file and serve documents electronically by the ECF system. Refer to W.D. Mich. LCivR 5.7 and W.D. Mich. LCrR 49.10.

  • In which divisional office should I file my Complaint?

    Following the priorities of W.D. Mich. LCivR 3.2, if plaintiff or defendant reside in, or if the action arose in a Western District Southern Division county, pro se litigants may file the Complaint at any divisional office in the Southern Division: Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo. If plaintiff or defendant reside in, or if the action arose in a Western District Northern Division county, the Complaint should be filed in the Northern Division office in Marquette.

  • How do I file a Notice of Removal?

    Requirements include:

    • Civil Cover Sheet
    • (2) Notice of Removal with State Court Summons and Complaint attached
    • (2) Notice of Filing Notice of Removal directed to the State Court
    • Filing Fee - Check made payable to "Clerk, U.S. District Court." Click here for fee amount.
  • How do I file a complaint?

    PRO SE LITIGANT
    A complaint may be filed in person or by mail at any Clerk's Office location within the Western District of Michigan. Filing requirements are as follows:

    • Civil Cover Sheet
    • Summonses directed to each defendant
    • Complaint (one original and one copy)
    • Filing Fee - Check made payable to "Clerk, U.S. District Court." Click here for fee amount.

     

    ATTORNEYS
    Attorneys must submit complaints and other initial pleadings in civil cases electronically, following the Case Opening Protocol

  • If an attorney is admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Michigan, is he automatically admitted to practice in the Western District of Michigan?

    No. He must be admitted to practice in each Court. The Petition for Admission is available here.

  • How does an attorney become a member of the bar of this Court?

    The Petition for Admission is available here. All instructions are included.

  • How does an attorney change his/her address?

    If the change of address will affect a case, efile a notice of change of address in that case. If not, send the notice to the Court attention Attorney Maintenance Clerk.

  • How does an attorney obtain a Certificate of Good Standing?

    A Certificate of Good Standing may be requested from the Clerk’s Office electronically.  Refer to the instructions.