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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 

  
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5/28/2020
Authority for Court Closure​ includes links to authority for public access to courts and authority for court closures (full or limited).​
5/22/2020
Updated FAQs and General Guidance Regarding Emergency Court Response to COVID-19​Deleted text from FAQ 6 that could have been construed that the county clerk is the keeper of the probate court's records.
5/21/2020

Courts should have policies and procedures in place so they are prepared to respond quickly upon receiving notification that an employee tested positive for COVID-19.  These Contact Tracing Considerations will ensure that you co​nfidentially notify employees who may have been exposed and that work locations are disinfected in a timely manner.​

5/20/2020
Returning to Full Capacity - model local administrative orders and Gating Criteria Satisfaction Form:
5/15/2020
5/6/2020
​Return to Full Capacity Guide​
This guidebook is designed to help courts plan for returning to full capacity service, while continuing to mitigate risk to protect the public and staff.
5/6/2020
FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program​
Applicants for emergency cost share funding available through FEMA's Public Assistance Program must attend a virtual applicant briefing to qualify for funding.
5/1/2020
New Toolkit for Returning to Full Capacity​
The set of tools on this page is designed to help courts plan for returning to full capacity service, while continuing to mitigate risk to protect the public and staff.
5/1/2020
​Frequently Asked Questions and General Guidance Regarding Emergency Response to COVID-19​
Updated to reference new Executive Orders and to change dates as the result of extending Administrative Orders
5/1/2020
Fr​equently Asked Questions Regarding Remote Proceedings​
Updated to provide direction on questions regarding live streaming PPO hearings
5/1/2020
​Under current statute and standards, courts are allowed to affix their seal​ to electronic documents, including summonses, warrants, and judgments of sentence.
4/23/20207/1/2020
4/21/2020
4/8/2020
4/8/2020
The deadli​ne for the Jury Fees Report is May 31.
5/31/2020

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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2/25/2020
High school students (entering grades 10-12 in fall 2020 and 2020 graduates) argue a case as if before the Supreme Court at Exploring Careers in the Law​, a program offered by the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center.
Date(s):  July 20-24
Location:  Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing
7/20/2020

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
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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.​

12/20/2019
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

  • Date Posted: 4/30/2020

    Creation of MC 506
    ​​The following form has been created:  MC 506, Notice of Hearing with Remote Participation.  MC 506 Guidance for preparing form has also been created.
  • Date Posted: 4/30/2020

    Creation of MC 505
    ​The following form has been created:  MC 505, Contact Information
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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3/23/2020

​The State Court Administrative Office is accepting suggestions for revisions to SCAO-approved forms and suggestions for new forms for the fall workgroups listed below.  E-mail your suggestion to courtformsinfo@courts.mi.gov.  Please send your proposals no later than June 30, 2020:

  • Estates and Protected Individuals Code (Meeting 9/3/20)
  • Mental Health and Commitment (Meeting 9/10/20)
  • Child Protective Proceedings (Meeting 9/17/20)
  • Delinquency and Designated (Meeting 9/24/20)

When submitting a proposal, provide sufficient information, including your name and e-mail address or telephone number, the form name and number (if one), the reason for your proposal, and any other information that will help us present your proposal for publication and comment.

1/27/2020

​"DC 102a, DC 102b, DC 102c, and DC 102d were revised in December 2019 and the translated versions are now available.

DC 102a-d zip file

 

Family / Probate

  
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5/15/2020
FAQ 2020-01, with Checklist​, answers questions and clarifies policy related to SCAO Administrative Memorandum, 2014-03, Uniform Support Orders, particularly concerning prioritizing reviews for changes in income because of the COVID-19 virus.  If FOC staff have any questions or would like additional information on Administrative Memorandum 2014-03, please contact Paul Gehm or Bill Bartels at gehmp@courts.mi.gov, bartelsb@courts.mi.gov, or 517-373-5975.​ 

 

 

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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

  • 37.8, 37.8a, 37.8b, 37.9, 37.9a, 37.10, 37.11 and 37.11a for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2020

    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

  • M Crim JI 17.37-proposal published for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 17.37 Hazing

  • M Crim JI 35.1a-proposal published for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 35.1a Malicious Use of Telecommunications Service

  • M Crim JI 38.1, 38.4, 38.4a-proposals published for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 6/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 38.1 Committing an Act of Terrorism; [NEW] M Crim JI 38.4 Making a Terrorist Threat; [NEW] M Crim JI 38.4a Communicating a False Report of Terrorism

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • MCrimJI 2.26, 3.1 and 3.6 adopted

    Effective Date: 6/1/2020

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 2.26 Maintaining an Open Mind; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.1 Duties of Judge and Jury; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.6 Witnesses—Credibility

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

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