The first fifteen years of Michigan's existence as a state were marked by much experimentation and change in state government. In this short period two state constitutions, a basic constitutional amendment, two general revisions of the statutes, and numerous fundamental laws were enacted and put into effect. Both the legislative and executive branches underwent extensive renovation in these years, but it was the state court system in particular that was subjected to constant pressure for alteration and which was most radically modified, both in structure and procedure.
Clark F. Norton,
JUDICIAL REFORM IN MICHIGAN BETWEEN TWO CONSTITUTIONS, 1835-1850,
Mich. L. Rev.
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