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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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Summary
  
2/16/2017
A new Ability to Pay bench card​ is now available.  The bench card, developed by staff from the Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI) and Trial Court Services, includes hyperlinks to all relevant authorities.  ​
2/16/2017
A court records survey​ will be sent to clerks of the court on February 23.  Please complete the survey by March 31.
3/31/2017
2/16/2017
The investiture ceremony for Judge Paul John Cusick will be held on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., in the City Hall Auditorium on the 13th Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Two Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226.  A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.  Please RSVP to Janet Wolters at janet.wolters@3rdcc.org before February 27.  Judges are asked to bring their robes.
3/6/2017
2/15/2017
SCAO in Brief: Revoking a Deferred Judgment​.  When a defendant violates the terms and conditions of their probation and fails to appear at their probation violation arraignment or hearing, does your court automatically revoke any deferred judgement?  This short presentation covers why a defendant has the right to a hearing before their deferred judgement is revoked and is intended for judges, court administrators, and probation officers​.
2/15/2017
SCAO in Brief: Tips on Appointing Foreign Language Interpreters​. Watch this presentation on the best practices to successfully appoint a foreign language interpreter in a courtroom proceedings.  Judges, court administrators and staff can learn about the certified, qualified, non-qualified and employee foreign language interpreters and when to appoint which type.​
2/6/2017
Each court should conduct a preliminary assessment of its website's accessibility using the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments Title II checklist​.
2/2/2017
​Explanation of changes in the certification process​ for court reporters/recorders/operators.
2/2/2017
​The first annual Jury Statistics Report​ is due in March 2017 for activity in 2016.
1/27/2017

Michigan’s Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program​ is changing probationers’ lives for the better. But what is it, and how does it work? This webinar goes over the history of Swift and Sure; key concepts for program success; eligibility criteria; and day-to-day operations including court hearings, supervision, drug testing, and sanctions following violations.

1/27/2017

The investiture ceremony for Judge Kenyetta Stanford Jones will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. in the Erma L. Henderson Auditorium on the 13th Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Two Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226.  A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.  Judges are asked to bring their robes.  

2/9/2017
1/27/2017
The investiture ceremony for Judge Austin W. Garrett will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. in the Erma L. Henderson Auditorium on the 13th Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Two Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226.  A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.  Judges are asked to bring their robes. ​ 
2/15/2017

   

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

 

 

Forms

  
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2/15/2017
​Effective February 14, 2017, 320 PA 2016 amends the Mental Health Code to clarify procedure and expand criteria for ordering individuals to receive assisted outpatient treatment (Kevin's Law​) as one of several options of involunary mental health treatment​.​​

 

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
 Open Menu 

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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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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2/15/2017
Public acts that took effect in late 2016 change the way appeals from probate court​ are handled.​  Circuit court judges are required to report all pending probate appeals.  Click here for the memo and link to the reporting form.

2/15/2017
This memo​ provides a recommendation to gather key stakeholders to discuss Mental Health Code changes and provides links to online training.
2/2/2017
​Effective February 14, 2017, 320 PA 2016 amends the Mental Health Code to clarify procedure and expand criteria for ordering individuals to receive assisted outpatient treatment (Kevin's Law​) as one of several options of involunary mental health treatment​.​

 

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Education

  
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2/21/2017
MJI Training Opportunity:  Basic Interviewing, Counseling, and Communication Techniques Seminar​
Date and location:  April 26-28, 2017, Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center, Higgins Lake
Register by March 24, 2017
3/24/2017
2/1/2017
JIS Training Opportunity:  Jury System Training​
Date(s) and location(s):  March 14, Region IV Office, Gaylord
OR
March 16, Hall of Justice, Lansing and WebEx
3/8/2017
1/30/2017
​CWS Training Opportunity:  Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy​
Date and location:  March 10, DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, Grand Rapids
3/10/2017
 

Previously Posted with upcoming deadline(s)

  
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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

 

 

Court Rules

  
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2/1/2017

2017-01 – Assignment of Business Court Judge in the 17th Circuit Court (Kent County)

Issued: 2/1/17

Effective: Immediately​

1/30/2017

2017-01 – Appointment to the Attorney Grievance Commission

Issued: 1/25/17

Effective: Immediately​

1/30/2017

2015-02 – Retention and Additional Revision of Amendment of MCR 7.213
(Court of Appeals mediation program)

Issued: 1/25/17

Effective: Immediately​

1/30/2017

2016-24 – Amendment of MCR 9.115
(revises the procedure for submitting a consent agreement to an ADB hearing panel)

Issued: 1/25/17

Effective: Immediately​

1/30/2017

2015-24 – Proposed Amendment of MCR 2.116 and 2.119
(would allow for reply briefs in summary disposition proceedings)

Issued: 1/25/17

Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/17​

5/1/2017
1/30/2017

2016-35 – ProposedAddition of Rule 6.008​ 
(would establish bindover procedures and would disallow the practice of circuit courts remanding cases to district court except as provided by law)

Issued: 1/25/17

Comment Period Expiration:  5/1/17​

5/1/2017

 

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
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