Michigan Criminal and Traffic Case Abbreviation Codes

 

The following are a list of case abbreviations used in Michigan Courts for misdemeanors, felonies, criminal appeals, forfeiture, and juvenile offenses for alleged state law and ordinance violations.  They are often referred to as case codes.  These two letter abbreviations follow the case number that appears on every Court pleading usually in the upper right hand of the page, and the two letter abbreviations themselves do not always seem to match the subject matter of the litigation.  There are also case codes for other civil and probate matters that are not included here.
Persons with any of the following matters should consult with an experienced lawyer, such as the lawyers at Hilf & Hilf, PLC.
AP – Appeal of Parole Board Decisions.
AR – Criminal Appeals.
AH – Habeas Corpus.  All writs of habeas corpus except habeas corpus to obtain custody of a child.
AL – Licensing and Vehicles.  All matters regarding secretary of state actions.
AW – Writs.  All actions for mandamus and quo warranto and other writs.
AX – Extradition Detainer.  All extradition and detainer matters initiated by Michigan to other states in the Circuit Court.
CF – Forfeiture Claims.  All claims of interest in property seized that may be subject to forfeiture.
DJ – Designated Juvenile Offenses.  All juvenile offenses designated dby the prosecutor or court to be heard in the family division of the circuit court in the same manner as an adult criminal case is heard in the criminal division of the circuit court.
DL – Delinquency Proceedings.  All delinquency proceedings initiated by petition under the juvenile code or initiated by Uniform Law Citation for various minor offenses not in the Motor Vehicle Code.
EX – Extradition Detainer.  All extradition and detainer matters initiated by Michigan to other states in the District Court.
FC – Felony Capital.  Capital felony cases which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and a larger number of peremptory challenges at trial.
FD – Felony Drunk Driving.
FH – Felony Noncapital Offenses.
FJ – Felony Juvenile.  Juvenile offenses committed by juveniles and waived to the criminal division of the circuit court under MCR 3.950.  This includes life offenses commintted by juveniles in which the prosecuting attorney has authorized the filing of a criminal complaint and warrant under MCR 6.907 instead of proceeding in the family division of the circuit court.
FT – Felony Traffic.  All felony traffic cases except drunk driving.
FY – Felony Criminal.  All felony nontraffic cases filed in the District Court.  This includes life offenses committed by juveniles in which the prosecuting attorney has authorized the filing of a criminal complaint and warrant under MCR 6.907 instead of proceeding in the family division of the Circuit Court, and specified offenses committed by juveniles and waived to the criminal division of the Circuit Court under MCR 3.950.
MM – Constitutional Claims.  All claims for money damages brought under the Michigan Constitution.
MP – Prisoner Litigation.  All claims for money damages against the State of Michigan filed by State prisoners.
NA – Child Protective Proceedings.  All child protective proceedings initiated by petition under the juvenile code.
OD – Ordinance Misdemeanor Drunk Driving.
OI – Ordinance Civil Infraction Traffic.
OK – Ordinance Parking.
OM – Ordinance Misdemeanor.  All nontraffic misdemeanor offenses issued under ordinance.
ON – Ordinance Civil Infraction Nontraffic.
OT – Ordinance Misdemeanor Traffic.  All ordinance traffic misdemeanor offenses except drunk driving.
PH – Personal Protection Against Stalking.  All personal protection proceedings under MCL 600.2950 and/or MCL 600.2950a when there is a domestic relationship between the parties and the respondent is not under the age of 18 years.
PJ – Personal Protection Actions Brought Under the Juvenile Code.  All petitions seeking a personal protection order against a respondent under the age of 18 years.  Includes proceedings conducted for violation of personal protection orders issued under the juvenile code when heard by a county other than the county that issued the personal protection order.
PP – Personal Protection in Domestic Relationships.  All personal protection proceedings under MCL 600.2950 and/or MCL 600.2950a when there is a domestic relationship between the parties and the respondent is not under the age of 18 years.
SD – Statute Misdemeanor Drunk Driving.
SI – Statute Civil Infraction Traffic.
SK – Statute Parking offenses.
SM – Statute Misdemeanor Criminal.  All nontraffic misdemeanor offenses issued under ordinance.
SN – Statute Civil Infraction Nontraffic.
ST – Statute Misdemeanor Traffic.  All statute misdemeanor traffic offenses except drunk driving.
TL – Traffic and Local Ordinance.  All traffic and local ordinance issued on a Uniform Law Citation under the Motor Vehicle Code or local corresponding ordinance.
VP – Violation Proceedings on Out of County Personal Protection Order.  All proceedings conducted for violation of personal protection orders issued under MCL 600.2950 and MCL 600.2950a when heard by a county other than the county that issued the personal protection order.  This case is filed as “In the Matter of..”