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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.

 

Communication Categories

 

 

General and Administrative Matters 

  
Summary
  
9/17/2019
The access security matrix and Nonpublic and Limited-Access Court Records chart​ have been updated in light of ADM File No. 2019-12.  Specifically, item A17, Confidential Case Inventory (Domestic Relations/Juvenile Code) was added to accommodate requirements of MCR 3.206(A)(3), MCR 3.931(A), and MCR 3.961(A).
9/12/2019
​The State Law Library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and staff is available to assist library users with their research.  Find out more about the services offered by clicking here​.
9/9/2019
J​udicial Tenure Commission Election.  Chief Judge Pablo Cortes, 62A District Court, City of Wyoming, Kent County, was elected by the judges of the district and municipal courts as their representative to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission for a three-year term commencing January 1, 2020, and expiring December 31, 2022.
8/29/2019
​Circuit​ and district​ court record retention and disposal schedules are updated to address LEIN audit requirements for postjudgement warrants.​
8/15/2019
Check out updates to section 6-05, Trial Court Financial Management Guidelines, of the Court Administrative Reference Guide​ regarding the receipt process and restitution.  ​
8/14/2019
Michigan Trial Court Records Management Standards ​have been established pursuant to MCR 8.119(C).  These standards consolidate retention and disposal policies and the updated Michigan Trial Court Case Management Standards into a single source.
8/14/2019
An access security matrix​ has been designed to assist system providers with establishing user groups and access levels, and to assign an access level for each user group for direct access and authorized web-based application users.  This is a counterpart to the updated Nonpublic and Limited-Access Court Records chart.  For other information on access to electronic records, see Section 2 of the new Michigan Trial Court Records Management Standards.
8/7/2019

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
Summary
  
9/18/2019
MiFILE Brief 7​:  ​Overview of court rule amendments, effective September 1, 2019, specific to e-Filing and e-Service under MCR 1.109(G).  This rule provides the fundamental authority, policy, and procedure for electronic filing and electronic service in MiFILE.

 


Education

  
Summary
  
9/18/2019
JIS​ Webinar for DCS:  How to Use the Mass Reschedule Feature​
Date and Time:  10/3/2019 at 11:30 a.m.
Register by October 2, 2019
For those who are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted to the JIS Knowledge Base
10/2/2019
9/12/2019
MJI T​raining Opportunity:  2020 Judicial Elections Seminar and Webinar​
Date and location:  November 22, Hall of Justice, Lansing
Register by November 1, 2019
11/1/2019
9/4/2019
JIS Traini​ng Opportunity for Circuit Courts:  How to Create Tax Garnishment Audit, Review Audit Details, Print Request and Writ for Garnishment (Income Tax Refund/Credit) MC 52​ webinar
Date and time:  September 25 at 11:30 a.m.
Register by September 24, 2019
If you are unable to attend, note the webinar will be recorded and posted to the JIS Knowledge Base.
9/24/2019
9/3/2019
The 23rd Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Annual Summit "Substance Use and Child Endangerment" will be held on November 14 and November 15, 2019 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To register, click on the following link: https://2019gtfcan.eventbrite.com/.
11/14/2019
8/29/2019
MJI Training Opportunity:  Family Division Referee Specialty Seminar​
Dates and location:  October 16-17, Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing
Register by September 20, 2019
9/20/2019
8/16/2019
​ODR Training Opportunity:  Summary Jury Trial Summit​
Date and location:  October 31, Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing
Register by October 17, 2019
10/17/2019
8/12/2019
Save the Date!
Date and location:  October 11, Kewadin Casino & Convention Center, Sault Ste. Marie
7/3/2019
6/13/2019
  • July 9, The Judicial Gatekeeper Function:  Frye and Daubert
  • July 18, Scientific Evidence
  • August 7, Forensic Pattern Evidence & Forensic Analytical Evidence
  • August 13, DNA
  • August 21, Civil Evidence
  • August 28, Criminal Evidence in Pre- and Post-Trial Procedures
  • September 5, Expert Evidence
  • September 26 Cyber Evidence,
5/31/2019
National Judicial College Training Opportunity:  Self-Represented Litigants in Traffic Court Webinar
October 10 at noon
Click here​ to register.​

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
Summary
  
7/31/2019
The Manual for Court Reporters and Recorders has been updated​
5/3/2019
​The purpose of the Friend of the Court Domestic Violence Resource Guide​ is to provide practical information to friend of the court employees about screening, detecting, and responding to domestic violence at various stages in the friend of the court process.
4/23/2019
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.  This report summarizes the grievances that were filed with the friend of the court offices in 2018.  Also included as a supplement is a summary of the friend of the court citizen advisory committees' activities in 2018.​
3/28/2019
9/26/2018
The Friend of the Court Bureau has published a DNR License Lookup Tool​. ​This Excel tool allows friend of the court staff to identify DNR licenses that child support payers have purchased.  Several reports in the child support system show DNR licenses as a three-digit number without identifying the type of DNR license. This tool matches the three-digit numbers with the type of DNR license purchased.​
9/26/2018
Chapters 4, 5, and 7​ of the Manual for Court Reporters and Recorders has been updated.
9/11/2018
​The 2017 Annual Report​ of the Michigan Foster Care Review Board is now available.
9/11/2018

Michigan's adult drug courts, adult mental health courts, and veterans treatment courts are achieving certification!  To assist with this shared goal, the State Court Administrative Office has updated the Standards, Best Practices, and Promising Practices manuals​ for each program type.  The manuals contain the certification requirements, including the model documents that a program can use to ensure that they fully meet the document requirements regarding confidentiality, due process, and the problem-solving court statute.

8/6/2018
The SCAO has published a summary​ of its recent ADR Summit at which recommendations were provided for advancing ADR services in the trial courts.​​
8/2/2018
Sections 7-05 and 8-03 of the Manual for District Court Probation Officers​ have been updated.
8/2/2018
​Component 39 of the Case File Management Standards has been updated to include new case-type code (AU)​ for use in certain adoption-related filings.​​
7/5/2018
A guide and information card regarding unaccompanied immigrant children and state courts are available.


5/10/2018
5/8/2018
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.

 

Forms

Forms Revisions

 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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Family / Probate

  
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Civil Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

 

Civil Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days



Criminal / Traffic

  
Summary
  
8/8/2019
6/17/2019
Amended restitution court rules​ effective 9/1/19.

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • M Crim JI 3.33 and 16.24 proposal for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 3.33 Verdict Form (Open Murder); M Crim JI 16.24 Degrees of Murder (strikeout text)

  • M Crim JI 7.17 proposal for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 7.17 Use of Deadly Force in Defense of the Home

  • M Crim JI 13.21, 13.22, 13.23, 13.24 and 13.25 proposal for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 13.21 Bringing a Weapon into Jail; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.22 Furnishing a Weapon to a Prisoner; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.23 Possession of a Weapon by a Prisoner; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.24 Bringing Alcohol or a Controlled Substance into Jail

  • M Crim JI 35.11 proposal for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 35.11 Sale, Purchase, Installation, Transfer, or Possession of Automated Sales Suppression Device or Zapper, Phantom-Ware, or Skimming Device

  • MCrimJI-10.10-and-10.10a-and-10.10b-and-10.10c-for-public-comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 10.10 Gang-Motivated Crimes; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.10a Encouraging Gang-Motivated Crimes; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.10b Making Threats to Deter a Person from Assisting Another to Withdraw from Gang Membership; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.10c Threatening a Person to Retaliate for Withdrawing from Gang Membership

  • MCrimJI-3.8-AMENDED-for-public-comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.8 Less Serious Crimes

  • M Crim JI 7.15, 7.16, 7.21 and 7.22 for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED USE NOTE] M Crim JI 7.15 Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 7.16 Duty to Retreat to Avoid Using Force or Deadly Force; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 7.21 Defense of Others—Deadly Force; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 7.22 Use of Non-deadly Force in Self-Defense or Defense of Others

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • M Crim JI 15.18 adopted

    Effective Date: 9/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 15.18 Moving Violation Causing Death or Serious Impairment of a Body Function

  • M Crim JI 11.38 and M Crim JI 11.38a adopted

    Effective Date: 9/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 11.38 Felon Possessing Firearm: Nonspecified Felony; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 11.38a Felon Possessing Firearm: Specified Felony

  • M Crim JI 7.25 adopted

    Effective Date: 9/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 7.25 Self-Defense as Defense to Felon in Possession of a Firearm

  • M Crim JI 3.11 adopted

    Effective Date: 9/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.11 Deliberations and Verdict

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: would allow a court to consider previously-decided claims in the context of a new claim for relief

    Issued: 9/18/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: requires the case inventory form filed in family division cases to be confidential

    Issued: 9/11/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would requirement for court to establish support for a finding that defendant is guilty of an offense charged [separate from the offense to which defendant is pleading guilty]

    Issued: 9/11/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would make the rule consistent with the statute [MCL 600.834] by allowing only the probate registers and deputy probate registers to perform certain administrative tasks that would otherwise be performed by the probate judge

    Issued: 9/11/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would clarify that the rules authorizing limited scope representation are explicitly applicable to civil cases that proceed in probate court

    Issued: 6/19/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would update the attorney discipline process for reinstatement of short-term suspensions and allow for abatement or modification of a condition in certain circumstances

    Issued: 6/19/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would eliminate references to the “noncustodial parent” to make the rule consistent with the statute: MCL 710.51

    Issued: 6/19/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would update and expand the rule slightly to include reference to a member’s email address

    Issued: 6/5/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would allow discovery in misdemeanor proceedings in the district court

    Issued: 6/5/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Public Hearing: