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Trial courts receive new information and requirements that are relevant to court operations through Recent Communications. Information is posted regularly and the SCAO Biweekly Brief (a summary of postings for the previous two weeks) is e-mailed every other Thursday. Information is also available at SCAO Communications and FOCB Memoranda.  If materials are no longer available on this site, make requests to the State Court Administrative Office at TrialCourtServices@courts.mi.gov.

 

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7/21/2016
The Manual for Court Reporters and Records has been updated, along with web links.  Additions and corrections were made for notary publics and depositions.  Click here to view the updated manual.
7/21/2016
​On July 20, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) announced the new rules for ASL interpreters that affect all courts, hospitals, law, and medical offices in Michigan.
7/18/2016
7/7/2016

  

Previously posted with upcoming deadline(s)

  
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6/7/2016
Authorized users of the Collections Data System (CDS) may begin submitting annual collections reports (outstanding receivables aging, outstanding receivables by cash code, and payment/adjustment distribution of assessments) on July 1, 2016. The CDS application will be available for data entry, upload, and verification until July 31, 2016. The application will also be available throughout the year to view data, manage cash codes, and generate output reports.
7/31/2016
5/25/2016
​Beginning June 1, Certified Court Reporters, Recorders, and Operators may renew their court reporting certification.  The deadline to timely renew is August 1.
8/1/2016
5/26/2016
​Michigan Electronic Court Reporters Association (MECRA) Training Opportunity:  MECRA Refresher Course
Dates and location:  July 7 (register by June 30) and August 29 (register by August 29), Lansing Community College-West Campus, Lansing
8/29/2016
6/21/2016
​On May 25, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court amended Administrative Order No. 2013-12, which approved the rescission of the previous probate guidelines and adopted revised guidelines as recommended by the probate time guidelines workgroup.  The amended Administrative Order 2013-12 takes effect September 1, 2016.  Read the memo, with revised caseload reporting forms and instructions.
12/31/2016
11/18/2015
​See the National Center for State Courts' current Federal Funding Report.
11/18/2017

 

 

Forms

  
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7/21/2016
​Effective August 1, 2016, several personal protection forms have been revised to accommodate 2016 PA 94, which allows protections for animals.  Click here for an explanation of the changes, instructions on usage of old stock, and a copy of the form with the changes highlighted.

 

PREVIOUSLY POSTED WITH UPCOMING DEADLINE(S)

  
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Civil

  
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Criminal / Traffic

  
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7/7/2016
New Model Criminal Jury Instruction 12.2b - Unlawful Delivery of Controlled Substance or Gamma-butyrolactone to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct
Comments by 10/1/16
10/1/2016
7/7/2016
​Amended Model Criminal Jury Instructions 12.2, 12.3, and 12.5 regarding Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance
Effective 8/1/16
7/7/2016
Amended Model Criminal Jury Instruction 7.11 - Legal Insanity; Mental Illness; Intellectual Disability; Burden of Proof
Effective 8/1/16
7/7/2016
​New Model Criminal Jury Instruction 23.17 - Defrauding a Vulnerable Adult
Effective 8/1/16
7/7/2016

 

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Family / Probate

  
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7/26/2016
​The 2017 Child Support Formula Manual and Supplement are now available for the courts' information.  They will be posted on the Michigan Child Support Formula webpage for the public in October.
10/15/2016
7/21/2016
Adoption Day 2016 is November 22.
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11/22/2016
7/18/2016
This month, SCAO streamlined the Deficiencies in Guardianship/Conservatorship Administration Report (SCAO 65) by eliminating Part B.  Effective immediately, the report will no longer include a detailed list of deficiencies, with the case number, name of fiduciary, date, type, and court action for every deficiency over the past 6 months.  Instead, the report will only include the number of active cases and the number of deficient (over 182 days) cases for each case type, as previously reported in Part A.
7/7/2016

 

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4/26/2016
The 2016 Federal Title IV-E Onsite Review will take place September 19-23, 2016, in Lansing, Michigan.
9/19/2016
5/4/20168/3/2016
6/22/2016
​The State Court Administrative Office's Foster Care Review Board is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Child Welfare Awards, which are given every year in the fall to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to Michigan's foster children.  The nomination deadline is September 6, 2016.
9/6/2016
 

 

Education

  
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7/21/2016
​CWS Training Opportunity:  Representing Parents in Baby Court: A Guide for Parent Attorneys
Date and location:  September 22, Detroit (location to be announced)
9/22/2016
7/18/2016
​The Michigan Association of Court Mediators will hold its annual conference September 14-16 in Traverse City.  See http://macm.cc/conference/
9/2/2016
7/8/2016
2016 Michigan Association of District Court Magistrates Conference
Dates and location:  September 28-30, Ramada Plaza, Grand Rapids
Register by 8/24/16
8/24/2016
7/7/2016
​CWS Training Opportunity:  2016 Permanency Forum
Date and location:  September 8, Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing
9/8/2016
7/7/2016
​CWS Training Opportunity:  Advocating for Foster Children in the Schools
Date and location:  October 5, Hall of Justice, Lansing
10/5/2016
7/7/2016
​Training Opportunity:  Medication Assisted Treatment in Context
Date(s) and location:
July 15 (Medication Assisted Treatment as an Evidence-Based Treatment Option) - Mt. Pleasant
August 24 (Substance Use Disorders as a Public Health Issue: Resources in Michigan) - Mt. Pleasant
September 15 (Holistic Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: MAT and Beyond) - Mt. Pleasant
9/15/2016
6/29/2016

​Michigan Public Health Training Center - Training Opportunity:  Medication Assisted Treatment in Context.
Location and Dates:
     Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, Public Health Conference Room, Nimkee Memorial Wellness Center
     July 15, 2016, Medication Assisted Treatment as an Evidence-Based Treatment Option.
     August 24, 2016, Substance Use Disorders as a Public Health Issue: Resources in Michigan
     September 15, 2016, Holistic Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: MAT and Beyond

9/15/2016
6/28/2016

​CWS Training Opportunity:  Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem "Boot Camp."
Date and Location:  September 15, 2016, Comfort Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant.

9/15/2016
6/28/2016
​CWS Training Opportunity: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
Date and Location: August 5, 2016, Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West, Kalamazoo
8/5/2016
6/28/2016
​Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 2016 Permanency Forum.
Date and Location: September 8, 2016, Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing.
9/8/2016
 

Previously Posted with upcoming deadline(s)

  
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6/28/2016
​CWS Training Opportunity: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
Date and Location: August 5, 2016, Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West, Kalamazoo
8/5/2016
6/28/2016
​Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 2016 Permanency Forum.
Date and Location: September 8, 2016, Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing.
9/8/2016
6/28/2016

​CWS Training Opportunity:  Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem "Boot Camp."
Date and Location:  September 15, 2016, Comfort Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant.

9/15/2016
4/26/2016
​CWS Training Opportunity:  New Jurist Training - Child Protective Proceedings
Date and location:  November 30, Hall of Justice, Lansing
11/30/2016

 

 

Court Rules

  
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7/21/2016
​2016-01 -- Assignment of Business Court Judge in 3rd Circuit Court (Wayne)
Issued: 7/14/16
Effective: 7/29/16

 

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5/25/2016
2015-23 - Amendment of BLE Rule 6
(increases bar exam fees to statutory limits)
Issued:  5/25/16
Effective:  8/1/16
8/1/2016
5/25/2016
2016-01 - Assignment of Business Court Judge in the 9th Circuit Court
Issued:  5/25/16
Effective: 8/1/16
8/1/2016
5/25/2016
2014-27 - Amendment of MCR 2.305
(subpoenas requesting production of documents may occur only after defendant has had reasonable time to obtain an attorney)
Issued:  5/25/16
Effective:  9/1/16
9/1/2016
5/25/2016
2014-04 - Amendments of MCR 2.306
(expands definition of "communication" to include electronic methods of contact)

Issued:  5/25/16
Effective:  9/1/16
9/1/2016
5/25/2016
2015-12 - Amendments of MCR 3.605, 3.606, 3.928, 3.944, 3.956, 6.001, 6.425, 6.445, 6.610, and 6.933
(codifies ability-to-pay requirements)
Issued:  5/25/16
Effective:  9/1/16
9/1/2016
5/25/2016
2015-05 - Amendment of MCR 3.979
(extends court jurisdiction over a juvenile guardianship where Department of Health and Human Services is determining eligibility for extended guardianship assistance)
Issued:  5/25/16
Effective:  9/1/16
9/1/2016
5/25/2016
2014-17 - Amendments of MCR 7.306
(allows respondent attorney to file a brief in actions of superintending control)
Issued:  5/25/16
Effective:  9/1/16
9/1/2016
5/25/2016
2015-17 - Amendments of Administrative Order No. 2013-12
(revises probate court time guidelines)
Issued:  5/25/16
Effective:  9/1/16
9/1/2016
6/15/2016
2015-17 - Amendments of Administrative Order No. 2013-12  (amendments of the Circuit Court Guidelines reflect recent amendments of the Probate Court Guidelines)
Issued: 6/15/16
Effective:  9/1/16
9/1/2016
6/22/2016
​2016-01 - Appointment to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions 
Issued:  6/22/16
Effective through 12/31/16
12/31/2016
5/25/2016
2016-06 - Amendments of MCR 3.925, 8.119, and 8.302 and Adoption of New MCR 5.133
(standardizes management of court records)
Issued:  5/25/16
Effective:  1/1/17
1/1/2017