Classic Catalog

Legal Resources

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 here to 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.