The general provisions of state court rules (7.108) allow for the filing of a Michigan appeal bond to stay or suspend execution on a civil judgment. An appellant for entry of appeal and stay must first move the trial court holding original jurisdiction for the stay, resorting to the court of appeals only if the appellant has made the primary motion.
The Michigan supersedeas bond penalty (bond amount) has traditionally been within the discretion of the court, requiring a surety bond, "sufficient to protect the interests of the appellee if the appeal ends in his or her favor". Revisions have been made to the statute limiting the appeal bond amount. Pursuant to Rule 7.108(B)(2)(a), the appellant must, "file a bond in an amount not less than 1-1/4 times (125%) of the amount of the judgment or order being enforced, including any costs, interest, attorney fees, and sanctions assessed to date of filing the bond. When the Michigan appeal bond is filed, the judgment or order is automatically stayed pending entry of a final order under MCR 7.108(B)(4)(c) EVEN IF objections to the bond or surety have been filed". Currently, the maximum surety bond amount cannot exceed twenty five million dollars. The bond form is statutory, provided by the Administrative Office of Courts and must obligatorily contain specific language, to wit:
Per Section (4) of the Rule, "A copy of the Michigan appeal bond and attached power of attorney must be promptly served on all parties in the matter as prescribed in MCR 2.107. The party seeking the stay must simultaneously file a proposed Order to Staty pursuant to MCR 2.602(B)(3). Proof of service of process must be filed promptly with the trial court in which the supersedeas bond has been filed.
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