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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 

  
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5/10/2018
District courts turn 50 on June 17.  ​To receive a 50th Anniversary toolkit that includes birthday event ideas, tips on creating a webpage devoted to your court's celebration, how to use social media, and a sample media advisory and press release, please contact the Public Information Office at SeaksL@courts.mi.gov​.
4/10/2018
FY 2019 Problem-Solving Courts (PSC) and Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program Grant applications open Monday, April 2, 2018.  Additionally, Certification applications (for courts that require Certification) open Monday also.  All applications are due June 1, 2018.  (See attached memorandum.)
6/1/2018

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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5/16/2018
On behalf of the Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 Executive Team, please accept this invitation to attend the June 28-29 training event: Substance Abuse in Juvenile Populations: Trends, Treatment, and Tools​.
6/28/2018
5/10/2018
Training Opportunity:  Understanding the Juvenile Justice Process
Dates and locations:  May 30 in Okemos and June 5 in Gaylord​
Register by May 23
5/23/2018
5/8/2018
MJI Training Opportunity:  Court Support Staff Certification Training​
Dates and location:  June 26 and 27, Farmington Hills
Register by June 1
6/1/2018
5/1/2018
​CWS Training Opportunity:  Case Practice Essentials for Child Welfare Professionals​
Date and location:  July 13, West Short Community College, Scottville
7/13/2018
5/1/2018
CWS T​raining Opportunity:  Testifying in Court for Non-Lawyers (Child Protective Proceedings)​
Date and location:  July 11, McCamly Plaza Hotel, Battle Creek
7/11/2018
5/1/2018
CWS Tr​aining Opportunity:  Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy​
Date and location:  July 12, McCamly Plaza, Battle Creek
7/12/2018
4/26/2018
Civic Education - A Day in Court.  Players learn more about Michigan's judicial branch of government, especially trial courts.  Games are compatible with desktop devices.  Appropriate for school, youth, or juvenile programs.
4/26/2018
MJI Training Opportunity:  Juvenile Probation Officer/Caseworker Certification​
Date(s) and location(s):  July 27 in Lansing and August 3 in Gaylord
Register by July 13
7/13/2018
3/29/2018
​High school students (entering grades 10-12 in Fall 2018 and 2018 graduates) can experience what it is like to argue an appeal by attending Exploring Careers in the Law​, a program offered by the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center, July 16-20, in Lansing.
7/16/2018
2/13/2018
CWS ​Training Opportunity:  Child Sexual Abuse:  Identification, Intervention, Safety, and Healing​
Date and location:  June 12, 2018, Schoolcraft College-VisTaTech Center, Livonia
6/12/2018

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
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4/23/2018
MCL 552-519(3)(d) requires the Friend of the Court Bureau to prepare an annual Friend of the Court Grievance Report for the Michigan Legislature​.  The report summarizes the grievances that were filed with the friend of the court offices in 2017.  Also included as a supplement to the grievance report is a summary of the friend of the court citizen advisory committees' activities in 2017.
5/8/2018
5/10/2018

 

Forms

Forms Revisions

  • Date Posted: 4/25/2018

    ​Revisions to JC 44, PCA 323, PCA 323I, PCA 354, and PCA 355​​
    ​These forms have been updated to accommodate upcoming court rule amendments to MCR 3.804, 3.971, and 3.977 and addition of rule 3.809, effective May 1, 2018.
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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5/10/2018
​REMINDER:  The State Court Administrative office is accepting suggestions for revisions to SCAO-approved forms and suggestions for new forms for the fall workgroups listed below. E-mail your suggestion to courtformsinfo@courts.mi.gov. Please send your proposal no later than June 30, 2018:

• Estates and Protected Individuals Code (Meeting 9/6/18)
• Mental Health and Commitment (Meeting 9/13/18)
• Child Protective Proceedings (Meeting 9/20/18)
• Delinquency and Designated (Meeting 9/27/18)

When submitting a proposal, provide sufficient information, including your name and e-mail address or telephone number, the form name and number (if one), the reason for your proposal, and any other information that will help us present your proposal for publication and comment.
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6/30/2018

 

Family / Probate

  
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4/26/2018
4/23/2018
FAQ 2018-01: Postmajority Support Obligation End Dates​ answers common questions and clarifies policy related to Administrative Memorandum 2014-03: Uniform Support Orders and prospectively setting a date-certain that support ends in postmajority cases.  The FAQ also announces the ability of a new tool to help courts and friend of the court offices determine an accurate and specific end date.
4/19/2018
​Friend of the court annual statutory reviews​ are due by August 1, 2018
8/1/2018
4/19/2018
​The Spring Pundit​ is now available.

 

 

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Civil Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

 

Civil Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days



Criminal / Traffic

  
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5/21/2018
The ​bond disbursement charts​ were recently updated into a more user-friendly format.
4/26/2018
​MSP LEIN Bulletin on Defense Counsel Access and Presentence Investigation Reports provides guidance based on the latest information obtained from the FBI's Office of the General Counsel.

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • M Crim JI 11.44 and 11.44a

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 11.44 Manufacturing, Buying, Selling, Furnishing, or Possessing Molotov Cocktails

  • MCJI 11.43 and 11.43a

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 11.43 Carrying or Possessing Explosive or Combustible Substances with Intent to Damage Property or to Frighten, Injure, or Kill a Person

  • MCJI 11.37a and 11.37b

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 11.37a Discharge of a Firearm at a Building

  • M Crim JI 7.16a proposal

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 7.16a Rebuttable Presumption Regarding Fear of Death, Great Bodily Harm, or Sexual Assault

  • M Crim JI 11.42 and 11.42a

    Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 11.42 Offensive or Injurious Substances – Placement with Intent to Injure; [NEW] M Crim JI 11.42a Offensive or Injurious Substances – Placement with Intent to Annoy

  • M Crim JI 11.41

    Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 11.41 Chemical Irritants – Unlawful Acts

  • M Crim JI 11.40, 40a and 40b

    Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 11.40 Harmful Substances – Unlawful Acts; [NEW] M Crim JI 11.40a Harmful Substances – False Statement of Exposure; [NEW] M Crim JI 11.40b Imitation Harmful Substance or Device

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • MCrimJI 12.2, 12.3, 12.5, 12.6 and 12.4a adopted

    Effective Date: 6/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 12.2 Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 12.3 Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 12.5 Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 12.6 Unlawful Use of a Controlled Substance; [NEW] M Crim JI 12.4a Exception to or Exemption from Controlled Substances Act

  • MCrimJI 13.1, 13.2 and 13.5 adopted

    Effective Date: 6/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 13.1 Assaulting, Resisting, or Obstructing a Police Officer or Person Performing Duties; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 13.2 Assaulting or Obstructing Officer or Official Performing Duties; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 13.5 Legal Duties

  • [NEW] M Crim JI 12.9 Medical Marijuana Affirmative Defense

    Effective Date: 5/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 12.9 Medical Marijuana Affirmative Defense

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments