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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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General and Administrative Matters rss icon

  
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1/5/2017
1/5/2017
1/5/2017
1/4/2017
The interest rate for money judgments effective January 1, 2017, including the statutory 1 percent, is 2.426 percent.  Click here for additional information and the history of interest rates.​
12/21/2016
​The Michigan Court of Appeals will implement "e-Notification​" of the Court's opinions beginning in January 2017.
2/1/2017
12/20/2016

Have you ever wondered how Michigan’s Ignition Interlock program works and what the law says? In this webinar​, you’ll learn about the ignition interlock law in Michigan’s drug/DWI statute and its companion legislation in the Motor Vehicle Code, and the history of interlocks, how they work, and requirements for a court to participate in the Ignition Interlock program in Michigan.

   

Previously posted with upcoming deadline(s)

  
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12/16/2016
​Authorized users of the Caseload Reporting System (CRS) must submit 2016 caseload data​ by January 31, 2017, and verify the caseload data as complete and accurate by February 28, 2017.
2/28/2017
11/18/2015
​See the National Center for State Courts' current Federal Funding Report.
11/18/2017

 

 

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED WITH UPCOMING DEADLINE(S)

  
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Civil

  
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Previously Posted with upcoming deadline(s)

  
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11/10/2016
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M Civ JI 2.02A Cameras in the Courtroom
M Civ JI 16.04 Burden of Proof in Negligence Cases on Affirmative Defenses Other than Contributor Negligence
M Civ JI 30.01 Professional Negligence and/or Malpractice
M Civ JI 36.15 No-Fault Auto Negligence:  Burden of Proof-- Economic and/or Noneconomic Loss, etc.
M Civ JI 68.03 Form of Verdict:  Products Liability--Personal Injury Action, etc.
M Civ JI 90.22A Valuation Witnesses
M Civ JI 87.06 Reading of Petition
M Civ JI 97.36 Definitions
M Civ JI 140.21 Contract Action--UCC:  Lost or Damaged Goods (Risk of Loss--Absence of Breach)
M Civ JI 142.19 Modification​

Comments by 7/1/17
7/1/2017
11/10/2016
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[NEW] M Civ JI 111.01 Common Law Conversion--Elements
[NEW] M Civ JI 111.02 Common Law Conversion--Burden of Proof
[NEW] M Civ JI 111.03 Statutory Conversion--Elements
[NEW] M Civ JI 111.04 Statutory Conversion--Burden of Proof
[NEW] M Civ JI 111.05 Statutory Conversion--Treble Damages​

Comments by 7/1/17
7/1/2017
11/10/2016
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[NEW] M Civ JI 112.01 Franchise Investment Law; Prohibited Practices--Explanation
[NEW] M Civ JI 112.02 Franchise--Definition
[NEW] M Civ JI 112.03 Franchisee and Franchisor--Definition
[NEW] M Civ JI 112.04 Offer or Offer to Sell--Definition
[NEW] M Civ JI 112.05 Person--Definition
[NEW] M Civ JI 112.06 Sale or Sell--Definition
[NEW] M Civ JI 112.07 Franchise Fee--Definition
[NEW] M Civ JI 112.08 Payment for Goods and Services as Franchise Fee
[NEW] M Civ JI 112.09 Payments that Do Not Constitute a Franchise Fee
[NEW] M Civ JI 112.10 Franchise Investment Law--Burden of Proof​

Comments by 7/1/17
7/1/2017

 

 

Criminal / Traffic

  
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1/5/2017

 

Previously Posted with upcoming deadline(s)

  
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12/7/2016
M Crim JI 36.7 and 36.8
[NEW] M Crim JI 36.7 Testimony of Victim Not Required/Need Not be Corroborated
[NEW] M Crim JI 36.8 Victim's Resistance or Lack of Resistance Not Relevant

Comments by 3/1/17
3/1/2017
 

 

Family / Probate

  
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1/12/2017

Michigan Passes Federal Title IV-E Audit
Thanks to the good work of judges and court staff and our partners in state government, the federal government recently notified DHHS that we are in compliance with federal regulations regarding funding of services for kids in foster care.  Passing this audit is good news for those kids and for Michigan. Click here for details.

12/21/2016

On May 25, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court adopted Administrative File No. 2016-06​, which amends rules 3.925, 8.119, and 8.302 and adopts new rule 5.133 of the Michigan Court Rules (MCR).  These amendments take effect January 1, 2017. 

12/20/2016
SCAO 41 Report (FOC Annual Statistical Report) for 2016 due February 22, 2017
2/22/2017

 

Previously Posted with upcoming deadline(s)

  
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12/7/2016

The new 2017 Michigan Child Support Formula goes into effect in orders entered after January 1, 2017.  Click here to view a webcast that explains all of the changes in the 2017 MCSF manual.​

1/31/2017
12/8/2016
​Grievance reports (SCAO 28​) for the full year of 2016 must be completed and returned to the Friend of the Court Bureau by January 18, 2017.  FOC offices that do not report to the Bureau will be listed as "failed to report."
1/18/2017
 

 

Education

  
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1/5/2017
MJ​I training opportunity: Regional Judicial Seminar​
Dates and locations:  April 20, DoubleTree, Bay City
and May 11, The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth
Register by April 3
4/3/2017
12/19/2016
CWS Tr​aining Opportunity:  Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Intervention, Safety, and Healing​
Date and location:  January 12, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth
1/12/2017
 

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11/9/2016
​MJI Regional Judicial Seminar​
Date and location:  February 2, Hall of Justice, Lansing
Register by 1/20/17
1/20/2017

 

 

Court Rules

  
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12/21/2016

2014-41 –Termination of Administrative Order No. 2014-19
(created enhanced reporting requirements for the 36th District Court)

Issued: 12/21/16

Effective: Immediately

12/21/2016

2015-18 – Proposed Amendment of MCR 9.108
(would permit the Supreme Court to issue an injunction against the practice of law by an attorney)

Issued: 12/21/16

Comment Period Expiration: 4/1/17​

4/1/2017
12/21/2016

2016-39 – Proposed Amendment of MCR 3.903, 3.932, and 3.936
(would bring consent calendar court rules in line with 2016 PA 185)

Issued: 12/21/16

Comment Period Expiration: 4/1/17​

4/1/2017
12/21/2016

2016-40 – Proposed Amendment of MCR 2.625 and 3.101
(would provide for taxation of postjudgment costs)

Issued: 12/21/16

Comment Period Expiration:  4/1/17​

4/1/2017
12/20/2016
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  To view the Notice, click here​​
1/18/2017
12/20/2016

2014-45 – Proposed Adoption of Rule 5.731a of the Michigan Court Rules
(order declining to adopt proposed MCR 5.731a and closing the administrative file)

Issued: 12/14/16

Effective: Immediately
12/20/2016
12/20/2016

2016-14 – Rescission of Administrative Order No. 1981-5 and Administrative Order No. 1992-3

Issued: 12/14/16

Effective: Immediately​
12/20/2016

2016-14 – Amendments of MCR 2.614, 3.903, 3.923, 3.943, 3.955, 3.979, 5.140, 6.445, 7.203, 7.209, 7.312, 8.108, 9.122, and 9.126
(“housekeeping” amendments update cross-references and make other nonsubstantive revisions to clarify the rules)

Issued: 12/14/16

Effective: Immediately​

 

Previously Posted with upcoming deadline(s)

  
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11/8/2016

2015-11 – Proposed Amendment of MRE 404
(would require the prosecution to provide reasonable notice of other acts evidence in writing or orally in open court)

Issued: 11/2/16

Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/17​

3/1/2017
11/8/2016

2016-04 – Proposed Amendment of MCR 8.126
(would waive pro hac vice admission requirements for out of state attorneys who seek to appear on behalf of tribes in Michigan child custody proceedings)

Issued: 11/2/16

Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/17​

3/1/2017
12/1/2016

2014-25 – Proposed Amendments of MCR 7.306 and MCR 7.316
(would require judges in an intra-court dispute to submit to mediation before filing a complaint with the Supreme Court [MCR 7.306] and would explicitly allow the Supreme Court to order an appeal to mediation [MCR 7.316])

Issued: 11/30/16

Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/17​

3/1/2017
12/1/2016

2015-22 –Proposed Amendments of MCR 3.203 and MCR 3.208 
(would allow FOC to change an address on the basis of postal service data matching and would further amend MCR 3.203 to allow parties and their attorneys to agree to electronic service of notices and pleadings)

Issued:  11/23/16
Comment Period Expiration:  3/1/17​

3/1/2017
12/1/2016

2016-11 – Proposed Amendments of MCR 3.208 
(would implement alternate procedures to set contempt proceedings to reduce the steps necessary to schedule a hearing [under 2014 PA 378], would clarify when FOC must participate in a contempt hearing, and would make the Office of Child Support responsible for determining allocation and distribution of child support payments)

Issued:  11/23/16
Comment Period Expiration:  3/1/17

3/1/2017
12/1/2016

2016-29 – Proposed Amendments of MCR 7.121 
(would incorporate the necessary changes regarding references to Concealed Weapons Licensing Boards and prescribe new procedures as a result of recent statutory enactments)

Issued:  11/23/16
Comment Period Expiration:  3/1/17

3/1/2017
12/1/2016

2016-32 – Amendments of MCR 5.801, 5.802, 7.102, 7.103, 7.108, 7.109, 7.202, 7.203, 7.205, 7.208, 7.209, 7.210, 7.212, and 7.213 
(would direct all appeals of probate court orders to the Court of Appeals and would establish priority consideration for certain types of cases)

Issued:  11/23/16
Comment Period Expiration:  3/1/17

3/1/2017