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Download Title Page: Part I. The Powers and Duties of Justices of the Peace, in General. [Chapters I-XXXIV] (94 KB)

Download Chapter I. Of the Justice and Jurisdiction of Justices' Courts. (2.0 MB)

Download Chapter II. Of the Commencement of Suits by Summons and Warrant, and the Service and Return of Same. (3.6 MB)

Download Chapter III. Proceedings in Attachment. (3.8 MB)

Download Chapter IV. Proceedings in Replevin Actions. (1.1 MB)

Download Chapter V. Proceedings in Garnishment. (2.7 MB)

Download Chapter VI. Matters in Relation to Process. (1.1 MB)

Download Chapter VII. Of the Appearance of Parties. (1018 KB)

Download Chapter VIII. Of the Transfer of Causes to Other Justices. (364 KB)

Download Chapter IX. Of Pleadings in General and of the Declaration. (1.2 MB)

Download Chapter X. Of Pleas to the Jurisdiction and in Abatement. (1.8 MB)

Download Chapter XI. Of Pleas in Bar and Notice of Special Matter. (1020 KB)

Download Chapter XII. A Consideration of Some of the Defenses of Most Common Occurrence. (8.3 MB)

Download Chapter XIII. Of Set-Offs and Giving Notice Thereof. (3.1 MB)

Download Chapter XIV. Of Recoupment. (1.3 MB)

Download Chapter XV. Of Replications, Demurrers and Pleas Puis Darrein Continuance. (1.3 MB)

Download Chapter XVI. Of the Bill of Particulars. (1.2 MB)

Download Chapter XVII. Of Adjournments. (2.3 MB)

Download Chapter XVIII. Of Compelling the Attendance of Witnesses. (1.6 MB)

Download Chapter XIX. Of the Trials of Issues of Fact and the Incidents Thereto. (7.3 MB)

Download Chapter XX. Of Evidence--And Particularly of Judicial Notice and General Rules. (2.0 MB)

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Download Chapter XXII. Of Evidence, Continued, and Particularly of Presumptions and Hearsay. (960 KB)

Download Chapter XXIII. Of Evidence, Continued, and Particularly of Admissions and Depositions. (1.7 MB)

Download Chapter XXIV. Witnesses, Their Competency, Their Examination and Impeachment. (3.3 MB)

Download Chapter XXV. Damages. (894 KB)

Download Chapter XXVI. Of Judgments, Costs and Transcripts. (2.1 MB)

Download Chapter XXVII. Of Executions and the Proceedings Thereon. (5.2 MB)

Download Chapter XXVIII. Of the Removal of Causes by Certorari. (1.1 MB)

Download Chapter XXIX. Of Appeals to the Curcuit Court. (1.1 MB)

Download Chapter XXX. Of Amendments. (818 KB)

Download Chapter XXXI. Of Actions By and Against Executors and Administrators. (674 KB)

Download Chapter XXXII. Of the Punishment of Fraudulent Debtors. (971 KB)

Download Chapter XXXIII. Of Contempts and the Punishment Thereof. (235 KB)

Download Chapter XXXIV. Of the Justice's Docket. (545 KB)

Download Title Page: Part II. More Specifically of the Several Actions Cognizable by Justices of the Peace.[Chapters XXXV--XLIII] (96 KB)

Download Chapter XXXV. Of Trespass to the Person. (928 KB)

Download Chapter XXXVI. Of Trespass to Personal Property. (556 KB)

Download Chapter XXXVII. Of Trespass to Real Property. (2.5 MB)

Download Chapter XXXVIII. Trover. (1.7 MB)

Download Chapter XXXIX. Of Replevin. (1.8 MB)

Download Chapter XL. Of Covenant. (417 KB)

Download Chapter XLI. Of Debt. (1.3 MB)

Download Chapter XLII. Of Assumpsit. (9.5 MB)

Download Chapter XLIII. Of Actions on the Case. (2.1 MB)

Download Appendix A Forms (5.6 MB)

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Download Index to Forms in Appendix A (566 KB)

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“Judge Alexander R. Tiffany, its author, put out the first edition of this work in 1849. In the years 1851, 1858 and 1866, he put out the second, third and fourth editions, respectively. The fifth edition was published in 1873 with Judge Andrew Howell as its editor and he edited the succeeding editions to the ninth inclusive ….

“The editorship of the present edition has been undertaken at the request of the family of Judge Tiffany, and while the editor is persuaded that better can be done, yet it is hoped that the present edition may share the favor so long shown to this work by the bench and bar of Michigan…

“The citations of cases have been brought down to the 100th Northwestern Reporter and to the 132nd Michigan Reports. The Reporter citations are added for all cases since the beginning of the Reporter system.

“Citations to statutes are to the Compiled Laws of 1897 and to the Session Laws of 1899, 1901 and 1903…”

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Callaghan & Company




State of Michigan, Justices of the Peace, Michigan Compiled Laws of 1897, Magistrates


Civil Procedure | Courts | Judges | State and Local Government Law


"Tenth edition by Victor H. Lane, Professor of Law in the University of Michigan."

A Treatise on the Powers and Duties of the Justices of the Peace in the State of Michigan, under Chapter Ninety-Three of the Revised Statutes of 1846, Being Chapter Thirty-Four of the Compiled Laws of 1897; with Practical Forms and an Appendix Containing the Justice Court Acts of Those Cities Having Provisions Differing Materially from the General Justice Court Act.