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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
  
1/20/2021
T​he legislature enacted a group of bills collectively known as the "Clean Slate" package.  These bills impact the rules and procedures an individual may use to have a prior conviction set aside.  The Clean Slate package makes changes to existing processes, as well as creating a new automatic process.  This resource provides an overview of the legislation.
1/11/2021
The interest rate for money judgments effective January 1, 2021, including the statutory 1 percent, is 1.330 percent.  Click here for additional information and the history of interest rates. ​

1/11/2021
1/8/2021
​A memo from Tom Boyd concerning Phase 1B of Vaccination Program for essential court personnel.​​
1/7/2021
New judicial travel rates​ effective January 1, 2021
12/22/2020
12/21/2020
​A memo from Tom Boyd concerning vaccinations for trial court personnel.
12/17/2020
​See the steps each trial court must take to complete the 2020 Caseload Reporting​ due January 31, 2021.
1/31/2021
12/16/2020
​Sign up for the JIS Updates and Information Blog and Service Desk Portal ​to access recent communications, informative self-service tools, the Ideas Forum or submit a ticket.

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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1/14/2021
Memorandum from State Court Administrator Tom Boyd addressing the change in implementation rollout strategy for MiFILE​, the statewide e-Filing solution.

Court administrators and probate registers will be receiving the MiFILE statewide survey on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.  If you are a court administrator or probate register who does not currently have an e-Filing solution and did not receive a survey by the close of business on January 20, please contact MiFILECourtHelp@courts.mi.gov. ​

 


Education

  
Summary
  
1/21/2021
MJI Training Opportunity:  Friend​ of the Court Employees Webinar,​ February 22, 9:00 am - February 25, 2:00 pm
1/21/2021
​MJI Training Opportunity:  Juvenile Justice Vision 2020: 2021 Winter Training Event Virtual Conference​, February 17, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
1/21/2021
Webinar about Personal Identifying Information (PII):​ This video webinar goes over the cour rules, which PII is protected, the ways to protect PII, the court's responsibilty to redact (or not redact), and other details about the court rules that become effective July 1, 2021.
1/13/2021
Registration is now open for the 2021 Governor's Task Forst on Child Abuse & Neglect Annual Summit​.  The virtual Summit will take place via Zoom over three half-days, February 10 – 12th from 8:30 – 12:30. ​

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
Summary
  
12/11/2020
Highlights of the 2019 Community Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP)​, in compliance with 1988 PA 260.  This program was created to provide Michigan citizens with collaborative, problem-solving alternatives to the traditional adjudication of disputes in court.
9/21/2020
​The SSSPP Annual Report​ is now available!
5/5/2020
The Friend of the Court Annual Grievance Report​ summarizes the grievances that were filed with the friend of the court offices in 2019.  Also included as a supplement to the grievance report is a summary of the Friend of the Court Citizen Advisory Committees' activities in 2019.
2/6/2020
The Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration report and recommendations and executive summary​ are now available.  Co-chaired by Chief Justice Bridget McCormack and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilcrist II, the Task Force was charged with recommending policies that expand jail alternatives; safely reduce jail admissions and length of stay; support crime victims; and improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
1/3/2020
Three new resources have been created or updated to assist trial courts with transfers to a problem-solving court.  The resources include information about transfers of supervision, transfers of jurisdiction, problem-solving court fees and priority of payment, and frequently asked questions about transfers of supervision.  All resources can be found under the “Transfers” section of the Problem-Solving Courts Training and Resources page.​

1/3/2020
The adult drug court, adult mental health court, and veterans treatment court Standards, Best Practices, and Promising Practices manuals have been updated. Updates include a new chapter about “Equity and Inclusion,” revised confidentiality laws, changes in terminology, and removing repetitive sections.​

 

Forms

Forms Revisions

  • Date Posted: 1/5/2021

    Revisions to SCAO 27 and SCAO 75
    ​SCAO 27, Delay in Matters Submitted to Judge and SCAO 75, Nepotism Waiver were modified by removing fax numbers, including Regional offices' e-mail addresses, and updating the Region 2 Administrator.
  • Date Posted: 1/4/2021

    Revisions to DC 84
    ​This form was revised to update the amount tht qualifies as a small claim pursuant to MCL 600.8401(d).
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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12/4/2020
State Court Administrator Tom Boyd advises that revisions to Michigan's Uniform Citations, Commercial Law Citation, and related court forms​ were recently approved.  One revision requires the addition of language concerning inability to pay due to financial hardship, which must appear on the citations and court forms by February 12, 2021.

 

Family / Probate

  
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12/23/2020
12/23/2020

 

 

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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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Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • MCrimJI_5.15_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 12/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 5.15 Interpreter

  • MCrimJI_17.2a_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 12/1/2020

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 17.2a Domestic Assault / Aggravated Domestic Assault

  • MCrimJI_33.1a_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 12/1/2020

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 33.1a Use of an Animal for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting

  • MCrimJI_40.1,_40.2_and_40.3_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 12/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 40.1 Disturbing the Peace; [NEW] M Crim JI 40.2 Disturbing Religious Meetings; [NEW] M Crim JI 40.3 Disturbing Others at a Funeral;

  • MCrimJI_39.7_and_39.7a_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2021

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 39.7 False Report of Explosive Offenses; [NEW] M Crim JI 39.7a False Report of Poisoning or Harmful Substances Offenses

  • MCrimJI_39.8_and_39.8a_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 4/1/2021

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 39.8 Threat to Commit an Offense Involving Explosives; [NEW] M Crim JI 39.8a Threatening to Poison or Commit a Harmful Substance Offense

  • M Crim JI Chapter 15 for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 11/1/2020

    Description: Rewrite of Chapter 15, Motor Vehicle Offenses

  • 13.19 and 13.19a for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 11/1/2020

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 13.19 False Report of a Felony Crime; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.19a False Report of Medical or Other Emergency

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • MCrimJI-Chapter-15_as_adopted

    Effective Date: 2/1/2021

    Description: Entire Chapter 15 updated

  • MCrimJI-13.19_and_13.19a_as_adopted

    Effective Date: 2/1/2021

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 13.19 False Report of a Crime; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.19a False Report of Medical or Other Emergency

  • MCrimJI-37.8, 37.8a, 37.8b, 37.9, 37.9a, 37.10, 37.11 and 37.11a adopted

    Effective Date: 12/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 37.8 Withholding Evidence; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.8a Preventing Crime Report; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.8b Retaliating for Crime Report; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.9 Influencing Statements to Investigators by Gift; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.9a Influencing Statements to Investigators by Threat or Intimidation; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.10 Influencing Statements to Investigators by Gift or Intimidation – Defenses; NEW] M Crim JI 37.11 Removing, Destroying or Tampering with Evidence; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.11a Offering False Evidence at an Official Proceeding;

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: requires courts to allow a witness called by the prosecutor or defendant to appear at a preliminary examination as provided for by MCL 766.12

    Issued: 11/18/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would establish the manner of service on limited liability companies

    Issued: 11/18/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require transcripts of audio and video recordings intended to be introduced as an exhibit at trial to be transcribed

    Issued: 11/18/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would establish a procedure regarding the use of restraints on a juvenile in court proceedings

    Issued: 11/4/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would allow SCAO flexibility in protecting an individual’s personal identifying information and clarify when a court is and is not required to redact protected personal identifying information

    Issued: 10/28/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would ensure that all main officers move sequentially through the leadership roles of the Board of Commissioners

    Issued: 10/28/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would address the issue of a court’s recharacterization of a defendant’s motion for relief from judgment that is styled as something other than a motion for relief from judgment

    Issued: 10/28/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: Allocation of Funds from Lawyer Trust Account Program

    Issued: 10/14/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

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