15th District Court
Online Case Review

Ann Arbor, MI

Frequently Asked Questions

What is online case review?

It is a way to have the court review your plea of guilty without having to come to court for a pretrial or trial. The court will make decisions about your case using the same considerations as they would in person or by mailing in a plea form. The offer the court extends through this website is the same offer you would receive in court. It simply takes place through this website.

What are the benefits of online case review?

You can plead guilty, be sentenced and pay your fines/costs without going to court in person.

How is it different online than in court?

It is not different. There is a real judge/magistrate and court personnel on the other side, making decisions about your case based on the same criteria they would if you went to court in person. It just takes place through this website.

How does it work?

You submit an online request to the court to plead guilty, the court will review your case and contact you if you are eligible. If you are eligible they will send you an online plea form to review, complete and sign. Everything is done online so you do not have to travel to the courthouse.

Is there a charge for online case review?

No.

Why does the court allow online plea?

Some defendants may live far from the court (perhaps in another state), may be incarcerated, may have health issues, or may have transportation challenges and cannot appear in court personally. If you find you are in one of those situations you may want to request to plea through this online program.

How many days do I have to decide if I want to complete my plea form once it is sent to me by the court?

Fourteen calendar days. If you wait past 14 days, you are ineligible for the program, and your plea request will be automatically denied.

What happens if my request is rejected?

If you are rejected the court will provide information on how to contact the court and handle your matter in person at the court.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

It depends on your record and other criteria set by the court. Just enter your information and do a search to check your eligibility. If you are eligible, submit a request. Whether your request is approved for online plea is entirely up to the court.

What does it mean if I am ineligible?

It could mean your case cannot be handled online because the court has deemed that you need to appear in person to handle your court matter. Try a search. If you are ineligible, we will tell you why.

If I plea and the outcome of my case requires payment, will I still be responsible to pay my fines and costs?

Yes, you are still responsible for paying any fines and costs that are a result from your case. You will be provided clear and concise information (which you may print for your records) if a payment is expected and the amount owed.

How will I know when a decision has been made and a plea form is available for me to review?

We will email or text you, and we’ll update the message on your status page when you come back to the website. As soon as we do, you’ll have 14 days to take action by reviewing the plea form, completing it, signing it and submitting it to the court through the website. This site will guide you on how to access the form and submit it back to the court.

Wouldn’t I get a better deal by going to court in person?

No. This website is not “automated.” There is a real judge/magistrate and court personnel on the other side, making decisions on your case using the same considerations as they would in person. The offer the court extends through this website is the same as you would receive in court. It simply takes place through this website.