The Michigan Supreme Court makes the final decision in all legal questions in our state, decisions that affect all of Michigan’s families. In fact, most legal questions are decided by state courts, not federal courts.

Chief Justice McCormack is committed to making sure the Michigan Supreme Court is independent from political pressure and is committed to justice for all of Michigan’s people.

Chief Justice McCormack believes the courtroom is one place where fairness should outrank strength, and where being right should matter more than being popular or powerful.

The Supreme Court supervises all of the courts in Michigan, including the 242 trial courts that hear millions of cases each year. Everyone knows someone who has been involved in a case in their local trial court, and the Michigan Supreme Court is responsible for the service and the justice they receive.

To support the state’s trial courts in delivering justice, Chief Justice McCormack has promoted accessibility, engagement and efficiency. She believes courts must be involved in their local communities and be places that connect people with resources, not only delivering consequences.

Chief Justice McCormack’s administrative work in action:

  • Justice for All Taskforce: The goal of the Justice for All Task Force is to ensure everyone in Michigan has 100 percent access to our justice system. That means any person, regardless of income, must be able to use the legal system to advocate for themselves and their interests. The taskforce is holding public meetings and convening stakeholders around the state to identify gaps in the system as well as innovative solutions to fill them.
  • Jail and Pretrial Taskforce: Chief Justice McCormack co-chaired the Governor’s Taskforce on Jail and Pretrial Reform, which collected statewide data about Michigan’s jail populations. The taskforce’s evidence-based and values-driven reform proposals — designed to make Michigan’s communities safer, stronger and more just — have been presented to the Michigan Legislature for action.
  • Problem Solving Courts: Michigan has 192 problem-solving courts, including drug, alcohol, mental health and Veterans treatment courts that connect people to services and agencies that can help them address the underlying issues driving their court involvement. These courts hold people accountable but also help them succeed in recovery and treatment so they can be productive members of the community. Michigan’s problem-solving courts are very successful at reducing recidivism, and putting people onto healthy paths.
  • Technology Innovations: Chief Justice McCormack believes courthouses must be places where people are treated with dignity and respect, and where they can get their business done efficiently and effectively. The Michigan Supreme Court provides technology innovations to courts throughout Michigan so they can be responsive to the public. For example, in 17 counties the court has introduced online dispute resolution in some case types and is providing text-reminder technology for trial courts to remind people of court dates.Chief Justice McCormack believes the courts belong to the people, and that the people should know what the courts are doing and how they are doing it. You can watch the Michigan Supreme Court’s oral arguments in real-time or on the court’s You Tube channel at any time.