Entire Tribunal Appeals Process
The Entire Tribunal utilizes a formal hearing process to resolve the more complicated appeals. Parties are typically represented by attorneys. 1. Initiating Appeal
2. Response to Petition
4. Motion Practice
- Discovery is permitted in the Entire Tribunal and is governed by TTR 239, TTR 241, TTR 243, and the Michigan Court Rules under TTR 215. There is no discovery after the prehearing conference unless otherwise ordered by the Tribunal, as provided by TTR 247(11).
5. Prehearing General Call
- Parties are required to file motions when requesting the Tribunal to take action. The filing of motions and responses to the motions are governed by TTR 225 and the Michigan Court Rules under TTR 215.
6. Prehearing Conference
- All Entire Tribunal appeals are placed on a Prehearing General Call. The Prehearing General Call specifies deadlines by which parties in a property tax matter must file and exchange a notice as to whom they have retained to be their valuation expert and a date by which the parties must file and exchange valuation disclosures. The Prehearing General Call also provides deadlines by which discovery must be completed in property tax and non-property tax matters. Finally, the Prehearing General Call provides a time period after which all of the deadlines have passed during which a Prehearing Conference will be scheduled.
8. Opinion and Judgment
- Entire Tribunal hearings can range in length from ½ day to two months or more. The majority of such hearings, however, are conducted over a five-day period.
- Entire Tribunal hearings are held in the Tribunal's Dimondale office.
- The presiding judge is generally the same Tribunal member that presided over the prehearing conference.
- If the presiding judge is a Tribunal member, the Opinion and Judgment will be a Final Opinion and Judgment. The parties may appeal the Final Opinion and Judgment to the Michigan Court of Appeals, as provided by MCL 205.753 and the Michigan Rules of Court.
- If the presiding judge is a hearing officer, the Opinion and Judgment will be a Proposed Opinion and Judgment. The parties may file exceptions to a Proposed Opinion and Judgment within 20 days of the entry of the Proposed Opinion and Judgment