Recommended Local Administrative Orders
A model order is available for some of the recommended local administrative orders. To download a model, right click on the link and select "save target as. . .."
Requests for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) defines disability as a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. ADA protection extends not only to individuals who currently have a disability, but to those with a record of a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or who are perceived or regarded as having a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Courts are encouraged to submit and adopt a local administrative order or a policy consistent with the model policy to assure that qualified individuals with disabilities have equal and full access to the judicial system. Nothing in this order shall be construed to impose limitations or to invalidate the remedies, rights, and procedures accorded to any qualified individuals with disabilities under state or federal law. Select model LAO 35. (Rev. 4/11)
Failure to Submit a Current Version of a Uniform Support Order
MCR 3.211(D) requires that any order regarding child support or spousal support, or both, must be prepared on the most current version of the Uniform Support Order (USO) developed by the State Court Administrative Office and approved by the Michigan Supreme Court. If someone submits a support order without a USO or on an out-of-date form, the court should refuse it and require one that complies with MCR 3.211(D). The purpose of this local administrative order is to establish a procedure for the court to use when an out-of-date USO form is submitted for entry, or when a USO is not submitted with an order or judgment. Select model LAO 37. (Rev. 6/11)
Delegation of Authority to Court Staff
Although not required by court rule, it is strongly recommended that delegation of authority for the following court staff be documented through local administrative order.
Juvenile Register (Family Division of Circuit Court)
The probate judge may appoint the register of probate, a deputy probate register, or clerk of the court as register of the juvenile division of probate court. [MCL 712A.7]
County Agent (Family Division of Circuit Court)
The county agent is an officer of the court under the general supervision of the judges of the court and shall serve at their pleasure. The county agent shall organize, direct, and develop the juvenile welfare work of the court as authorized by the judge. With the judge's approval, the county agent or his or her assistants shall investigate and report on juveniles or families within the county as requested by the Family Independence Agency, the county juvenile agency, or the superintendent of any state institution regarding the welfare of any juvenile. [MCL 712A.8]
Probation Officer - Probate Court (Family Division of Circuit Court)
The probate judge in each county may appoint one or more suitable persons of good character and qualified training or experience other than the county agent or assistants to act as probation officer, who shall receive such compensation as the board of supervisors may appropriate for the purpose and who, at the discretion of the judge, may be authorized and empowered to perform county agent duties. The probate judge may also appoint other probation officers who shall receive no compensation from the county treasury for the duties performed under such appointment. [MCL 712A.9]