Small Claims Introduction

Effective March 1, 2013, the Tribunal is no longer able to accept Small Claims letter appeals. Rather, you are required to file a petition to initiate a new Small Claims appeal. Petition forms are available on this website.

The Tribunal's Small Claims Division utilizes an informal hearing process to resolve the majority of all appeals filed with the Tribunal. There is no formal record taken of the hearing and parties typically represent themselves. Small Claims hearings are generally 30 minutes in length.

See your Notice of Hearing for more information including the location, date, and time of your hearing. Click Notice of Hearing for a sample notice.

Property tax appeal hearings are held in the county in which the property is located or in an adjoining county.

Non-property tax appeal hearings are held in the Tribunal's Lansing office.

The presiding judge is a hearing referee, a hearing officer (i.e., an administrative law judge), or a Tribunal member.


  • Important Notice

    In accordance with MCR 1.109(D)(9), as of January 1, 2021, the responsibility for excluding or redacting personal identifying information (PII) from all documents filed with or offered to the Tribunal rests solely with the parties and their attorneys. The Tribunal is not responsible for or required to review, redact, or screen documents at the time of filing for PII whether filed electronically or on paper.

    A party, representative, or interested person (i.e. third party not part of an appeal) may request that the Tribunal redact PII contained in a previously-filed document by submitting a Request for Redactions. The Request for Redactions form will be available on the Entire Tribunal and Small Claims pages of our website.