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Connections is designed to help courts, professional court associations, and the SCAO to connect with each other. This newsletter will be published quarterly and will provide up-to-date and accurate information on topics concerning the courts.

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Resources for Trial Court Administration

 

Chief Judge Resources

The following selected resources pertain to the chief judge's responsibility to oversee and supervise staff and court operations pursuant to MCR 8.110.
 
 

E-Filing-Initiative

The key mission of the State Court Administrative Office is to help trial court improve service to the public.  Statewide e-filing will help trial courts become more efficient and improve service to court users.

 

 

Fines, Fees, Costs, and Rates

Find schedules and other information on filing fees, process server fees, Crime Victim Rights fees, fines and costs schedules, interest and COLA rates, and more.
 
 

Grant Opportunities

Current grant opportunities available from a variety of organizations. 
 
 

Operations

Find resources and available services for the areas of court management, such as ADA access, language access, case processing, facilities, finance, human resources, jury services, records and case files, and trial court collections. Find guidance and information on operating a court with concurrent jurisdiction or a problem-solving court.  Find tools for making courts more accessible and measuring performance.
 
  

Policies and Procedures

Find policy and procedural manuals, standards and guidelines, and policy and procedure directives issued by the State Court Administrative Office to provide management assistance and direction to the trial courts on the administration of the courts' business. 
 
 

Management Assistance

At the request of a trial court, the Trial Court Services division of the State Court Administrative Office will conduct management assistance projects to review court operations and procedures in the areas of:
  • general court administration, probation services, and friend of the court offices
  • policies and procedures
  • human resources
  • records and case file management
  • case processing
  • jury management
  • collection and enforcement of fines and costs
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    Contact your regional office to discuss your needs and to make arrangements with Trial Court Services. 
     
      

    Pilot Projects

    Periodically, the Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office authorize pilot projects to implement and study various aspects of the justice system, including trial court administration in order to improve operations and outcomes of the justice system.  The pilot projects currently in operation throughout the state are listed below.  Details of those projects are available by contacting the division responsible for monitoring the project.
      

    Genesee County Parent Representation Pilot Project

    The Genesee County Parent Representation Pilot Project is designed to improve legal representation to parents involved in child protective proceedings by providing a social worker to work exclusively with parent attorneys.  The social worker will work at the direction of legal counsel to support the following goals:  (1) engage parents in the child welfare process and court proceedings; (2) increase parent participation in services; (3) increase involvement in parent-child visitation; (4) accelerate reunification;  (5) decrease recidivism; (6) assist the attorney in preparation both in and out of the court system to improve the quality of legal proceedings and understanding of the parent client; (7) reduce continuances requested by parent attorneys involved with the project due to lack of preparation;  and (8) decrease time for parents to achieve permanency and reunification.  This pilot is being monitored by Child Welfare Services.
     

    Genesee County Section 1115 Grant Program: "Parents and Children Together"

    In 2009, Michigan's Office of Child Support and the State Court Administrative Office received a federal Section 1115 grant to expand the 7th Circuit Court's child support problem-solving court program called "Parents and Children Together" (PACT). The expansion allowed PACT to provide holistic services (e.g., job training, substance abuse counseling, and earlier court involvement) to 600 economically at-risk families. Three hundred of these families (the "job-loss cases") already had child support orders in place, but had recently experienced a financial setback such as a parent's job loss.  The other 300 families (the "new-establishment cases") had new paternity establishment and child support cases. The results: In the job-loss cases, early intervention meant payers had their orders right-sized sooner and, as a result, accrued smaller arrears. Those payers maintained their efforts to pay support longer than those who did not benefit from early intervention. Others parts of the early services helped more of the job-loss payers to secure new employment. In the new-establishment cases, the child support payers tended, on average, to contribute more child support when they received early intervention services. These parents paid more child support when they participated in formulating the support order and when they had also developed a rapport with child support staff. In addition, including a parenting time provision in the first child support order created compliance with those support orders. See the full federal report.

    ​need  Management Assistance?

    Contact your Regional Office
     

    Region 1 Administrator

    Deborah Green
    PO Box 02984
    Detroit, MI 48202
    Phone: (313) 972-3300
    Fax: (313) 972-3309 
     

    Region 2 Administrator

    James P. Hughes
    PO Box 30048
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone: (517) 373-9353
    Fax: (517) 373-8760

    region2-info@courts.mi.gov

     

    Region 3 Administrator

    Bruce Kilmer
    PO Box 750
    Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0750
    Phone: (989) 772-5934
    Fax: (989) 773-0457
    region3-info@courts.mi.gov

     

    Region 4 Administrator

    Jerome M.P. Kole
    PO Box 100
    Gaylord, MI 49734
    Phone: (989) 732-3311
    Fax: (989) 732-4237
    region4-info@courts.mi.gov

     

    Region 5 Administrator

    Jill Booth

    PO Box 30048

    Lansing, MI 48909-7547

    Phone:  (517) 373-8679

    Fax:  (517) 373-5235

    region5-info@courts.mi.gov