Legal Resources

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Starting Points

Michigan Legal Help -- From the State of Michigan, help for the self-representative! Automated forms for divorce, family, housing, expungement and more.

Legal Information Institute -- From Cornell Law School, a free site for access to statutes, regulations and case law.

FindLaw -- Help for understanding legal topics such as DUI law, family law, and bankruptcy.

WashLaw: Legal Research on the Web -- In depth information with quick links to state agencies, courts, and legislative branch.

National Veterans Legal Services Program -- Nonprofit organization focused on legal resources for our nation's veterans. Lawyer Locator -- Finds lawyers by location, specialty or name. Brief profiles included.


Legal Assistance Center -- Basic assistance, forms, self help materials and referrals to help solve legal problems. All income levels welcome. Charges only for forms and copies.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan -- Free legal counsel to those of low income and to those over 60. Government aid, consumer issues, child custody are a few concerns. No criminal cases.

Grand Rapids City Code -- Information on Grand Rapids city codes and ordinances.

Grand Rapids 61st District Court -- Civil cases under $25,000, small claims under $3,000, landlord/tenant disputes, traffic violations, etc. Includes a case search.

Courts in Kent County -- Links to county courts and law enforcement departments, including Friend of the Court, with maps.

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan -- United States Federal 6th Circuit Court.

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan

Inmate/Detainee Searches

Kent County Jail Inmate Lookup -- A search for inmates of the Kent County Jail.

Ottawa County Jail Inmate Lookup -- A search for inmates of the Ottawa County Jail.

Michigan Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS) -- A search of prisoners and parolees in the state of Michigan.

VINE Victim Information and Notification Everyday -- A service of the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.

Jail Exchange -- A national inmate search with details on every jail and prison in the United States.


Michigan Legal Aid -- Legal help portal to low income residents of Michigan.

Michigan Compiled Laws -- Michigan statutes searchable by keywords.

Michigan Administrative Code -- To search by keywords, select "Search SOAHR Database".

Michigan State Courts -- Includes court forms, procedures, opinions from 2001, and Friend of the Court brochures.

Michigan Attorney General Opinions -- Searchable opinions 1963 to the present.

State of Michigan Sentencing Guideline Manual -- Sentencing Guidelines for Michigan Felonies.

State Bar of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board -- Want to know if a lawyer's been disciplined in Michigan? Click hereto file a complaint.


Code of Federal Regulations -- The rules of the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Search engine included.

United States Congress -- Laws, bills, acts, resolutions of the U.S. Congress.

6th Circuit Court of Appeals Opinions -- 1999 to Current.

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