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Region 1 Administrator

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

Region 2 Administrator

Jodi Latuszek
PO Box 30048
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-9353
Fax: (517) 373-8760
 

Region 3 Administrator

J. Bruce Kilmer
PO Box 750
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0750
Phone: (989) 772-5934
Fax: (989) 773-0457
 

Region 4 Administrator

Jerome M.P. Kole
PO Box 100
Gaylord, MI 49734
Phone: (989) 732-3311
Fax: (989) 732-4237
 

Region 5 Administrator

Jill Booth
PO Box 30048
Lansing, MI 48909-7547
Phone:  (517) 373-8679
Fax:  (517) 373-5235
 

Region 6 Administrator

Jennifer Phillips
PO Box 02984
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 972-3300
Fax: (313) 972-3309
 
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Local Administrative Orders and Plans, Local Court Rules

 

Authority, Scope, and Procedure for Local Order and Plans

A trial court may issue a local administrative order governing only internal court management. Administrative orders must be sequentially numbered during the calendar year of their issuance. Before its effective date an administrative order must be sent to the State Court Administrator. If the State Court Administrator directs, a trial court shall stay the effective date of an administrative order or shall revoke it. A trial court may submit such an order to the Supreme Court as a local court rule. MCR 8.112(B).  See Guidelines for Submitting Local Administrative Orders
 

Authority, Scope, and Procedure for Local Court Rules

A trial court may adopt local court rules regulating practice in that court. These rules are not to be in conflict with the Michigan Court Rules and are to regulate matters not covered by the court rules.  MCR 8.112(A).  If a practice of a trial court is not specifically authorized by the Michigan Court Rules and 1) reasonably depends on attorneys or litigants being informed of the practice for its effectiveness or 2) requires an attorney litigant to do some act in relation to practice before that court, the practice, before enforcement, must be adopted by the court as a local court rule and approved by the Supreme Court.  See Guidelines for Submitting Local Court Rules.
 

List of Local Administrative Orders and Plans

All trial courts are mandated to issue local administrative orders (LAOs) to establish court policies for regulating certain functions and procedures.  In addition to mandated LAOs, a number of LAOs are required under certain circumstances.  Model local administrative orders are available for some areas of court management and can be downloaded from this site in Rich Text format.   
 
In the list of LAOs described below, R = Required, RO = Required for Certain Optional Functions, and O = Optional.
  
  
  
  
  
Description
collapse Title : Access to Friend of the Court Records, revised 10/14 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleAccess to Friend of the Court Records, revised 10/14 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 1
Revision DateOctober 2014
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Forms & Records
Description

​Access to friend of the court records is governed by MCR 3.218. A court, by administrative order pursuant to MCR 8.112(B), may make reasonable regulations necessary to protect friend of the court records and to prevent excessive and unreasonable interference with the discharge of friend of the court functions. For information about access to court records generally, see Public Access to Court Records.  MCR 3.218.

 
collapse Title : Access to Juror Personal History Questionnaire - Examination and Copies for Attorney on Request, revised 6/00 (R) ‎(1)
TitleAccess to Juror Personal History Questionnaire - Examination and Copies for Attorney on Request, revised 6/00 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 2c
Revision DateJune 2000
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Forms & Records
Description

​The state court administrator has developed model procedures for providing attorneys and parties reasonable access to juror questionnaires, which are accessible for examination only by the judges of the court, the court clerk and deputy clerks, parties to the actions in which the juror is called to serve and their attorneys, and persons authorized access by court rule or by court order.  MCR 2.510(A), (C). Each court has selected and implemented one of these procedures by local administrative order adopted pursuant to MCR 8.112(B).  If the state court administrator determined that, given the circumstances existing in an individual court, the procedure selected did not provide reasonable access, the state court administrator may have directed the court to implement one of the other model procedures. MCR 2.510(C)(2).

 
collapse Title : Access to Juror Personal History Questionnaire - Examination and Copies on Request, revised 6/00 (R) ‎(1)
TitleAccess to Juror Personal History Questionnaire - Examination and Copies on Request, revised 6/00 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 2d
Revision DateJune 2000
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Forms & Records
Description

​The state court administrator has developed model procedures for providing attorneys and parties reasonable access to juror questionnaires, which are accessible for examination only by the judges of the court, the court clerk and deputy clerks, parties to the actions in which the juror is called to serve and their attorneys, and persons authorized access by court rule or by court order.  MCR 2.510(A), (C). Each court has selected and implemented one of these procedures by local administrative order adopted pursuant to MCR 8.112(B).  If the state court administrator determined that, given the circumstances existing in an individual court, the procedure selected did not provide reasonable access, the state court administrator may have directed the court to implement one of the other model procedures. MCR 2.510(C)(2).

 
collapse Title : Access to Juror Personal History Questionnaire - Examination and Copies Upon Ex Parte Order, revised 6/00 (R) ‎(1)
TitleAccess to Juror Personal History Questionnaire - Examination and Copies Upon Ex Parte Order, revised 6/00 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 2b
Revision DateJune 2000
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Forms & Records
Description

The state court administrator has developed model procedures for providing attorneys and parties reasonable access to juror questionnaires, which are accessible for examination only by the judges of the court, the court clerk and deputy clerks, parties to the actions in which the juror is called to serve and their attorneys, and persons authorized access by court rule or by court order.  MCR 2.510(A), (C). Each court has selected and implemented one of these procedures by local administrative order adopted pursuant to MCR 8.112(B).  If the state court administrator determined that, given the circumstances existing in an individual court, the procedure selected did not provide reasonable access, the state court administrator may have directed the court to implement one of the other model procedures. MCR 2.510(C)(2).

 
collapse Title : Access to Juror Personal History Questionnaire - Examination Only, revised 6/00 (R)  ‎(1)
TitleAccess to Juror Personal History Questionnaire - Examination Only, revised 6/00 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 2a
Revision DateJune 2000
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Forms & Records
Description

​The state court administrator has developed model procedures for providing attorneys and parties reasonable access to juror questionnaires, which are accessible for examination only by the judges of the court, the court clerk and deputy clerks, parties to the actions in which the juror is called to serve and their attorneys, and persons authorized access by court rule or by court order.  MCR 2.510(A), (C). Each court has selected and implemented one of these procedures by local administrative order adopted pursuant to MCR 8.112(B).  If the state court administrator determined that, given the circumstances existing in an individual court, the procedure selected did not provide reasonable access, the state court administrator may have directed the court to implement one of the other model procedures. MCR 2.510(C)(2).

 
collapse Title : Access, Inspection, Reproduction, and Creation of Records, revised 10/14 (R) ‎(1)
TitleAccess, Inspection, Reproduction, and Creation of Records, revised 10/14 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 8
Revision DateOctober 2014
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Forms & Records
Description

Unless access to a file, a document, or information contained in a file or document is restricted by statute, court rule, or an order entered according to MCR 8.119(I), any person may inspect pleadings and other papers in the clerk's office and may obtain copies as provided in MCR 8.119(J). A court, by administrative order, may make reasonable regulations necessary to protect its public records and prevent excessive and unreasonable interference with the discharge of its functions. The administrative order must include the court's policy for whether to provide access for court recordings and other records defined in MCR 8.119 (F), and if access is to be provided, must outline the procedure for accessing those records.
 
In addition, the chief judge may, by administrative order, direct the clerk of the court to provide litigants and attorneys with copies of forms approved by the state court administrator. The administrative order may allow the clerk to provide the forms at the cost of reproduction to the clerk.  MCR 8.110(C)(7). Select sample record/copy request form. Select sample memo about record checks.

Access to Friend of the Court Records are governed by a separate local administrative order.  See Model LAO 1.  MCR 8.119(E).
 
collapse Title : Appointment of Counsel for Indigent Parties (R) ‎(1)
TitleAppointment of Counsel for Indigent Parties (R)
Model No.
Revision DateNo Model
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​All trial courts must adopt and publish a plan to govern the process of selecting and appointing lawyers to represent indigent defendants and file it with the supreme court clerk and the state court administrator under MCR 8.123.    Guidelines for preparing a local administrative order for a plan for appointment of counsel for indigent parties are provided in Administrative Policy Memorandum 2003-05.


If a defendant is able to pay part of the cost of a lawyer, the court may require contribution to the cost of providing a lawyer and may establish a plan for collecting the contribution.  MCR 6.005(C).

 
collapse Title : Assignment of Cases (RO) ‎(1)
TitleAssignment of Cases (RO)
Model No.
Revision DateNo Model
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​All cases must be assigned by lot unless a different system has been adopted by local court administrative order under the provisions of MCR 8.112. Assignment will occur at the time the case is filed or before a contested hearing or uncontested dispositional hearing on the case, as the chief judge directs. Civil actions must be assigned within appropriate categories determined by the chief judge. The chief judge may receive fewer assignments in order to perform the duties of chief judge. It is required by court rule that a local administrative order be issued defining and explaining the procedure of assigning cases "by lot" utilized by the particular court. MCR 8.111(B). 

 
collapse Title : Authority for Probate Registers to Perform Judicial Acts, revised 8/04 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleAuthority for Probate Registers to Perform Judicial Acts, revised 8/04 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 18
Revision DateAugust 2004
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Delegating Authority
Description

​Under Michigan statute (MCL 600.834) and court rule (MCR 8.301), a chief probate judge may, through issuance of an order, grant to a probate register the authority to perform certain judicial acts.

 
collapse Title : Caseflow Management Plan, revised 1/14 (R) ‎(1)
TitleCaseflow Management Plan, revised 1/14 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 22
Revision DateJanuary 2014
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

All trial courts are required to develop and implement caseflow management plans, which include case processing goals as established under Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2013-12.  See Caseflow Management Guidelines for details. 

 
collapse Title : Children Who Are Absent Without Legal Permission (R) ‎(1)
TitleChildren Who Are Absent Without Legal Permission (R)
Model No.
Revision DateNo Model
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryRequired Plans
Description

​Circuit courts are required to develop a plan for reviewing the cases of children who are AWOLP.  Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2002-4 specifies the elements that are to be addressed in the plan.  Guidelines for Development of Plans Involving Children who are Absent Without Legal Permission provide additional information for each required element that circuit courts are required to consider in developing plans.  Plans are to be submitted as a local administrative order.

 
collapse Title : Court Closure Due to Weather Emergency, revised 1/02 (R) ‎(1)
TitleCourt Closure Due to Weather Emergency, revised 1/02 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 17
Revision DateJanuary 2002
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Court Facilities
Description

​All courts must submit a local administrative order governing closure due to emergency weather conditions. In facilities containing multiple courts, the courts must adopt and submit a joint LAO. Courts with the same funding unit should also submit a joint LAO, if possible. The policy must provide that certain procedures will apply in the event of a weather emergency as outlined in the Guideline for Unscheduled Court Closing Due to Weather Emergency

 
collapse Title : Court Closure Generally, revised 1/02 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleCourt Closure Generally, revised 1/02 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 16
Revision DateJanuary 2002
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Court Facilities
Description

​Courts periodically find it necessary to close for brief periods of time for such matters as staff training, conducting pending inventory, and doing records destruction. This model local administrative order can be customized to meet the needs of the court. A sample notice of closure form is available.

 
collapse Title : Court Holidays (RO) ‎(1)
TitleCourt Holidays (RO)
Model No.
Revision DateNo Model
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Court Facilities
Description

​The court is directed to observe a specific list of holidays, except those courts which have adopted modifying local administrative orders. Furthermore, courts are required to promulgate a modifying administrative order, if appropriate, to accommodate or achieve uniformity with the holiday practices of local governmental units regarding local public employees. A judge may continue a trial in progress, however, or dispose of judicial matters on any of these specifically listed holidays if he or she finds it to be necessary.  MCR 8.110(D)(2).

 
collapse Title : Court Hours (R) ‎(1)
TitleCourt Hours (R)
Model No.
Revision DateNo Model
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Court Facilities
Description

​The chief judge shall enter an administrative order establishing the court's hours. MCR 8.110(D)(1).

 
collapse Title : District Court Attorney Magistrate, revised 9/17 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleDistrict Court Attorney Magistrate, revised 9/17 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 3b
Revision DateSeptember 2017
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Delegating Authority
Description

​This local administrative order is required by Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2009-6, effective January 1, 2010. The district judge may appoint a magistrate to serve at the pleasure of the judge(s) to exercise the jurisdiction and duties only as authorized by the chief judge, presiding judge, or only judge of the district court.  MCL 600.8501, MCL 600.8503.  Update magistrate contact information.  

 
collapse Title : District Court Nonattorney Magistrate, revised 9/17(RO) ‎(1)
TitleDistrict Court Nonattorney Magistrate, revised 9/17(RO)
Model No.Model LAO 3a
Revision DateSeptember 2017
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Delegating Authority
Description

​This local administrative order is required by Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2009-6, effective January 1, 2010. The district judge may appoint a magistrate to serve at the pleasure of the judge(s) to exercise the jurisdiction and duties only as authorized by the chief judge, presiding judge, or only judge of the district court.  MCL 600.8501, MCL 600.8503.  Update magistrate contact information.  

 
collapse Title : Domestic Relations Referee, revised 12/13 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleDomestic Relations Referee, revised 12/13 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 31
Revision DateDecember 2013
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Delegating Authority
Description

​This local administrative order is required by Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2009-6, effective January 1, 2010. The chief circuit judge may designate a referee to exercise the duties set forth in MCL 552.507(1) and MCR 3.215(A).  Update referee contact information.  

 
collapse Title : Elimination of Circuit Court Arraignments, revised 1/06 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleElimination of Circuit Court Arraignments, revised 1/06 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 26
Revision DateJanuary 2006
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​Under MCR 6.113, a circuit court may, through issuance of a local administrative order, eliminate the circuit court arraignment of criminal cases cognizable in the circuit court. 

 
collapse Title : Emergency Services Plan (RO) ‎(1)
TitleEmergency Services Plan (RO)
Model No.
Revision DateNo Model
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
Category
Description

​If a court is notified by its funding unit of a reduction of the original appropriation for the court for the current fiscal year, the court shall immediately file a copy of that notice with the State Court Administrative Office in accordance with Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 1994-6. The court, among other things, must provide an emergency services plan which outlines what services are essential.

 
collapse Title : Establishing a Drug Treatment Court for Adult, revised 7/14 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleEstablishing a Drug Treatment Court for Adult, revised 7/14 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 29d
Revision DateJuly 2014
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders to Establish Problem-Solving Courts
Description

​If a court operates a substance use disorder specialty court (e.g. DWI, juvenile, family, or adult drug treatment court), use of these local administrative orders will facilitate compliance with MCL 600.1060 et seq.

 
collapse Title : Establishing a Drug Treatment Court for DWI, revised 7/14 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleEstablishing a Drug Treatment Court for DWI, revised 7/14 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 29a
Revision DateJuly 2014
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders to Establish Problem-Solving Courts
Description

​If a court operates a substance use disorder specialty court (e.g. DWI, juvenile, family, or adult drug treatment court), use of these local administrative orders will facilitate compliance with MCL 600.1060 et seq.

 
collapse Title : Establishing a Drug Treatment Court for Family, revised 7/14 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleEstablishing a Drug Treatment Court for Family, revised 7/14 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 29c
Revision DateJuly 2014
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders to Establish Problem-Solving Courts
Description

​If a court operates a substance use disorder specialty court (e.g. DWI, juvenile, family, or adult drug treatment court), use of these local administrative orders will facilitate compliance with MCL 600.1060 et seq.

 
collapse Title : Establishing a Drug Treatment Court for Juvenile, revised 7/14 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleEstablishing a Drug Treatment Court for Juvenile, revised 7/14 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 29b
Revision DateJuly 2014
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders to Establish Problem-Solving Courts
Description

​If a court operates a substance use disorder specialty court (e.g. DWI, juvenile, family, or adult drug treatment court), use of these local administrative orders will facilitate compliance with MCL 600.1060 et seq.

 
collapse Title : Establishing a Mental Health Treatment Court, revised 6/15 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleEstablishing a Mental Health Treatment Court, revised 6/15 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 30
Revision DateJune 2015
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders to Establish Problem-Solving Courts
Description

​If a court operates a mental health treatment court, use of this local administrative order will facilitate compliance with 2008 PA 250, Section 309.

 
collapse Title : Establishing a Regional Driving While Impaired Treatment Court, revised 8/13 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleEstablishing a Regional Driving While Impaired Treatment Court, revised 8/13 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 41
Revision DateAugust 2013
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders to Establish Problem-Solving Courts
Description

​If a courtsoperates a regional driving while impaired treatment court, use of this local administrative order will facilitate compliance with MCL 600.1060 et seq.

 
collapse Title : Establishing a Regional Mental Health Treatment Court, revised 6/15 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleEstablishing a Regional Mental Health Treatment Court, revised 6/15 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 43
Revision DateJune 2015
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders to Establish Problem-Solving Courts
Description

​If a court operates a regional mental health court, use of this local administrative order will facilitate compliance with 2008 PA 250, Section 309. 

 
collapse Title : Establishing a Veterans' Treatment Court, revised 4/13 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleEstablishing a Veterans' Treatment Court, revised 4/13 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 39
Revision DateApril 2013
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders to Establish Problem-Solving Courts
Description

​If a court operates a veterans' treatment court, use of this local administrative order will facilitate compliance with 2012 PA 335. 

 
collapse Title : Failure to Sumit a Current Version of a Uniform Support Order, revised 6/11 (O) ‎(1)
TitleFailure to Sumit a Current Version of a Uniform Support Order, revised 6/11 (O)
Model No.Model LAO 37
Revision DateJune 2011
Requirement StatusRecommended
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Forms & Records
Description

​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 is submitted for entry, or when a USO is not submitted with an order or judgment.  

 
collapse Title : Family Court Plan (R) ‎(1)
TitleFamily Court Plan (R)
Model No.
Revision DateNo Model
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryRequired Plans
Description

Each judicial circuit is required to establish a family court plan pursuant to MCL 600.1011, as amended by 2002 PA 682.  Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2003-2 further requires that the family court plan be submitted in accordance with the statute and guidelines provided by the State Court Administrative Office.  A summary of family court requirements is available.  Family court plans, replacing previous family division operation plans, were filed with the State Court Administrative Office by July 1, 2003. Any amendment to a family court plan must be filed with the State Court Administrative Office and accepted for filing before implementation of the amended provisions. 

 
collapse Title : Judicial Availability Plan (R) ‎(1)
TitleJudicial Availability Plan (R)
Model No.
Revision DateNo Model
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryRequired Plans
Description

​In each county, the court with trial jurisdiction over felony cases must adopt and file with the state court administrator a plan for judicial availability. The plan shall make a judicial officer available for arraignments each day of the year or make a judicial officer available for setting bail for every person arrested for commission of a felony each day of the year conditioned upon: (1) the judicial officer being presented a proper complaint and finding probable cause pursuant to MCR 6.102(A), and (2) the judicial officer having available information to set bail.

 
This portion of the plan must provide that the judicial officer shall order the arresting officials to arrange prompt transportation of any accused unable to post bond to the judicial district of the offense for arraignment not later than the next regular business day.  MCR 6.104(G).
 
collapse Title : Judicial Officer's Appearance by Video Communication Equipment, revised 12/12 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleJudicial Officer's Appearance by Video Communication Equipment, revised 12/12 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 38
Revision DateDecember 2012
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2012-7, effective January 1, 2013, allows judicial officers to participate, by video, in any proceeding that may be conducted by video communication equipment without the consent of the parties under the Michigan Court Rules and statutes. The judicial office who presides remotely must be physically present in a courthouse located within his or her judicial circuit, district, or multiple-district area, whichever is applicable.

 
collapse Title : Juvenile Attorney Referee, revised 11/13 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleJuvenile Attorney Referee, revised 11/13 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 32b
Revision DateNovember 2013
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Delegating Authority
Description

​This local administrative order is required by Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2009-6, effective January 1, 2010. The chief circuit judge may designate an attorney referee to exercise the duties set forth in MCL 712A.10 and MCR 3.913.   Update referee contact information.  

 
collapse Title : Juvenile Nonattorney Referee, revised 11/13 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleJuvenile Nonattorney Referee, revised 11/13 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 32a
Revision DateNovember 2013
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Delegating Authority
Description

​​This local administrative order is required by Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2009-6, effective January 1, 2010. The chief circuit judge may designate an attorney referee to exercise the duties set forth in MCL 712A.10 and MCR 3.913.   Update referee contact information.  

 
collapse Title : Language Access Plan, revised 1/16 (R) ‎(1)
TitleLanguage Access Plan, revised 1/16 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 42
Revision DateJanuary 2016
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Access
Description

​This local administrative order is required by Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2013-8 to ensure meaningful access to court services for persons with limited English proficiency.  Provide/update language access coordinator contact information.

 
collapse Title : Local Alternative Dispute Resolution Plans, revised 8/00 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleLocal Alternative Dispute Resolution Plans, revised 8/00 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 14
Revision DateAugust 2000
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​Each trial court that submits matters to alternative dispute resolution processes under MCR 2.410 and MCR 3.216 shall adopt an ADR plan by local administrative order. The plan must be in writing and available to the public in the ADR clerk's office. MCR 2.410(B)(1), MCR 3.216(B)(1).

 
collapse Title : Multiple District Plan for Magistrates, revised 12/12 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleMultiple District Plan for Magistrates, revised 12/12 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 7
Revision DateDecember 2012
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​MCL 600.8320 allows two or more district courts within a county or two adjoining districts of the first class to establish a multiple district plan in which a district court magistrate is authorized to conduct arraignments, set bail or recognizance, provide for the appointment of counsel, or make determinations of probable cause and issue warrants for all of the participating districts within the multiple district area. For districts consisting of more than one county, the chief or only judge may authorize a magistrate appointed in one county to serve in another county within the district. Courts choosing to establish a multiple district plan must submit to the State Court Administrator a local administrative order signed by the chief or only judges of all participating districts.  MCL 600.8320.

 
collapse Title : Order Implementing Surcharge Provisions of Public Act 193 of 2009, revised 12/10 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleOrder Implementing Surcharge Provisions of Public Act 193 of 2009, revised 12/10 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 36
Revision DateDecember 2010
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Fiscal Management
Description

​The purpose of this order is to implement 2009 PA 193 which changed the way surcharges are imposed on past due child support.

 
collapse Title : Orders for the Installment Payment of Lump Sum Support Obligations, revised 4/04 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleOrders for the Installment Payment of Lump Sum Support Obligations, revised 4/04 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 21
Revision DateApril 2004
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Fiscal Management
Description

​The purpose of this order is to clarify circuit court orders for the installment payment of lump sum support obligations. This administrative order shall not prohibit a party or the friend of the court from seeking modification of the payment arrangements in an order.  

 
collapse Title : Plan for Creating a Specialized Business Court, revised 2/13 (RO) ‎(1)
TitlePlan for Creating a Specialized Business Court, revised 2/13 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 40
Revision DateFebruary 2013
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​2012 PA 33 requires circuit courts with three or more judges to create a specialized business court docket. Any case that has a business or commercial dispute as defined in the act, whether in the initial pleading or added later, must be placed on the business docket, even if the case also contains non-business matters.

 
collapse Title : Providing Forms to Litigants and Lawyers, revised 10/14  (RO) ‎(1)
TitleProviding Forms to Litigants and Lawyers, revised 10/14  (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 8
Revision DateOctober 2014
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Forms & Records
Description

​The chief judge may, by administrative order, direct the clerk of the court to provide litigants and attorneys with copies of forms approved by the State Court Administrator. The administrative order may allow the clerk to provide the forms at the cost of reproduction to the clerk.  MCR 8.110(C)(7).  The model local administrative order regarding public access to court records includes language about providing forms to litigants and lawyers. 

 
collapse Title : Referrals to Domestic Relations Referee, revised 12/13 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleReferrals to Domestic Relations Referee, revised 12/13 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 31
Revision DateDecember 2013
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Delegating Authority
Description

​Under MCR 3.215(B), the chief judge may issue an administrative order to refer all motions of a particular kind to a referee. Judges are free to assign other motions to a referee to the extent allowed by law.  MCR 3.215(B).

 
collapse Title : Referring Selected Parenting Time Disputes to the Community Dispute Resolution Center for Mediation, revised 9/17 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleReferring Selected Parenting Time Disputes to the Community Dispute Resolution Center for Mediation, revised 9/17 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 24
Revision DateSeptember 2017
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Court Facilities
Description

​Courts may refer certain domestic relations disputes to local Community Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) centers for mediation. CDRP center mediators have completed a 40-hour general civil mediation training and a three-day State Court Administrative Office domestic relations mediation training. Courts may refer custody, parenting time, grandparenting time motions, parenting time complaints, and other contested custody and parenting time issues identified by the court to the CDRP center for mediation.

Courts interested in establishing a referral process for these domestic relations issues must submit a local administrative order (LAO). A model LAO includes referral and mediation procedures. Courts should contact the local CDRP center before implementing a local administrative order for this program.  See contact information for local centers.  Direct questions about this program to Doug Van Epps at (517) 373-4839 or vaneppsd@courts.mi.gov, or Timothy Cole at (517) 373-5975 or colet@courts.mi.gov.

 
collapse Title : Remote Hearings on Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act Bench Warrants Plan, revised 3/04 (R) ‎(1)
TitleRemote Hearings on Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act Bench Warrants Plan, revised 3/04 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 20
Revision DateMarch, 2004
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryRequired Plans
Description

​Each friend of the court must adopt a plan for the purpose of coordinating communication between circuits to facilitate the presentation of evidence by the friend of the court in a circuit that issued a bench warrant to a court in the circuit in which the arrested party is being held.  Plans are to be submitted as a local administrative order.  MCR 3.221(K). 

 
collapse Title : Requests for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities, revised 10/15 (R) ‎(1)
TitleRequests for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities, revised 10/15 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 35
Revision DateOctober 2015
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Access
Description

​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.

Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2015-5 was entered to enhance compliance with the ADA and the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, as well as other Michigan statutory authority.  Each court is required to adopt and submit a local administrative order conforming to the model established by the SCAO to assure that qualified individuals with disabilities have equal and full access to the judicial system. See memo for other details.  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.

 
collapse Title : Scheduling Arraignments (RO) ‎(1)
TitleScheduling Arraignments (RO)
Model No.
Revision DateNo Model
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​Unless the circuit court does the scheduling of the arraignment on the information, the district court must do so in accordance with the administrative orders of the trial court.  MCR 6.110(I).

 
collapse Title : Security Policies for Court Facilities, revised 12/06 (R) ‎(1)
TitleSecurity Policies for Court Facilities, revised 12/06 (R)
Model No.Model LAO 15
Revision DateDecember 2006
Requirement StatusRequired
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Court Facilities
Description

​Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2001-1 states that weapons are not permitted in any courtroom, office, or other space used for official court business or by judicial employees unless the chief judge or other person designated by the chief judge has given prior approval consistent with the court's written policy. Each court is required to submit a written policy conforming with this order to the State Court Administrator for approval. Courts are encouraged to collaborate with other entities in shared facilities and, where appropriate, to work with local funding units in developing the policy, which may be a separate plan or part of a general security program.

 
collapse Title : Selecting Case Evaluator and Case Evaluation Plans, revised 8/00 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleSelecting Case Evaluator and Case Evaluation Plans, revised 8/00 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 9
Revision DateAugust 2000
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​Each trial court that submits cases to case evaluation under MCR 2.403 shall adopt by local administrative order a plan to maintain a list of persons available to serve as case evaluators and to assign case evaluators from the list of panels. The plan must be in writing and available to the public in the case evaluation clerk's office. Other alternative plans must be submitted as local court rules under MCR 8.112(A).  MCR 2.403(A).

 
collapse Title : Standards for Charging Friend of the Court Investigation Expenses, revised 10/10 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleStandards for Charging Friend of the Court Investigation Expenses, revised 10/10 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 34
Revision DateOctober 2010
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Fiscal Management
Description

​Effective January 8, 2010, MCL 552.505(3) was amended to permit friend of the court offices to charge parties an amount for the expense of conducting a custody or parenting time investigation, when a party requests one, pursuant to standards issued by the State Court Administrative Office. SCAO Administrative Memorandum 2010-05 establishes the standards for charging a party for the friend of the court's expense of conducting an investigation ordered under MCL 552.505(1)(g). Given statewide variation in the amount expensed to conduct an investigation and differences in local practices, each circuit that decides to charge for these expenses must first enter a local administrative order to establish local procedures based on SCAO Model LAO 34.

 
collapse Title : Waiver of Jurisdiction Over Civil Infractions Committed by Juveniles, revised 8/99 (RO) ‎(1)
TitleWaiver of Jurisdiction Over Civil Infractions Committed by Juveniles, revised 8/99 (RO)
Model No.Model LAO 12
Revision DateAugust 1999
Requirement StatusRequired for Optional Functions
CategoryOrders Pertaining to Case Management
Description

​Under MCL 712A.2e and MCL 600.8379(1), the circuit court may enter into an agreement with the district court to waive jurisdiction over all or specifically named civil infractions alleged to have been committed by juveniles within the geographic jurisdiction of the district court. Courts making such an agreement must submit a joint local administrative order to the State Court Administrator. MCL 712A.2e, MCL 600.8379(1).

 
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