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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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7/28/2020
Remote notarization​ extended through August 31.​
7/27/2020
M​emo from Tom Boyd concerning election matter lawsuits​.
7/22/2020
7/20/2020
7/17/2020

This important memo from State Court Administrator Tom Boyd highlights the need for judges and court staff to set an example by wearing face coverings in public spaces at all times when social distancing is not guaranteed.  To reinforce guidance already provided and to provide further clarification, the Return to Full Capacity Guide​ (RTFC) has been updated, including additional information regarding reverse gating criteria if public health conditions are deteriorating.

7/9/2020
This update of the Frequently Asked Questions and General Guidance Regarding Problem-Solving Court (PSC) Response to COVID-19​ includes new guidance related to COVID-19-related allowable grant expenses and conducting remote problem-solving court status review hearings. This document has also been updated to align with current Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Orders and state guideline considerations.​ 
7/9/2020
​The Judicial Tenure Commission's Annual Report​ is now available.
7/8/2020
Updated Guidance and FAQs with respect to AO No. 2020-17​ (Priority Treatment and New Procedure for Landlord/Tenant Cases)  were just posted.
7/6/2020
7/1/2020
6/30/2020
Th​e List of State Civil Infractions​ was just updated.
6/29/2020
​Paragraph C.3. of the model LAO for Phase 3 Return to Full Capacity was edited because guidance on masks continues to change.
6/26/2020
MSC Administrative Order (No. 2020-19): Continuing Order Regarding Court Operations​

Note:  Affects AO Nos. 2020-2, 2020-7, 2020-9, and 2020-13​

6/23/2020
The Michigan ​State Police (MSP) recently posted a $4.5 million Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) grant for eligible trial courts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic​.  Courts should review their individual eligibility and consider applying for the grant to offset COVID-19-related expenses.  All grant applications must be received by MSP at msp-cesf@michigan.gov no later than 12:00 p.m. EST on August 14, 2020.

8/14/2020

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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7/29/2020
MJI/FOCB Training Opportunity: Building Your Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Strategies for Identification, Prevention, and Recovery Webinar​
Date and time:  August 6, 9:00 a.m.
7/29/2020
​MJI/FOCB Training Opportunity:  Unconventional Locate Tools to Maximize Case Management Webinar​
Date and time:  August 13, 9:00 a.m.​
7/29/2020
MJI/​FOCB Training Opportunity:  Communications Skills in a Zoom World Webinar​
Date and time:  August 27, 9:00 a.m.​

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
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7/1/2020
For ease of access, SCAO has added PDF versions of the Michigan Reports (beginning with Volume 471) and the Michigan Appeals Reports (beginning with Volume 279) to the web at https://courts.michigan.gov/Courts/Pages/MI-Bound-Volumes.aspx. ​ 
7/1/2020
The Problem-Solving Court Model Multi-Party Consent to Release Information​ has been updated.
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: 7/16/2020

    Creation of DC 107a​
    ​The following form has been created:  DC 107a, Request and Order of Eviction After Conditional Dismissal, Landlord-Tenant/Land Contract
  • Date Posted: 7/15/2020

    Revisions to MC 222
    ​MC 222, Request for Court-Appointed Attorney and Order, has been updated to modify the collection of defendant's e-mail address.
  • Date Posted: 7/8/2020

    Revisions to DC 508 and DC 509
    ​DC 508, Consent Order for Conditional Dismissal, Landlord-Tenant and DC 509, Order for Reinstatement of Case and Entry of Judgment, Landlord-Tenant were revised to include additional options under MCR 2.602.
  • Date Posted: 7/6/2020

    Revisions to DC 504
    ​The following form has been revised:  DC 504, Verification of Compliance with CARES Act
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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Family / Probate

  
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7/9/2020
MCL 552.524 requires the chief circuit judge to review the performance of the circuit court's friend of the court annually.  The annual statutory reviews​ are due November 30, 2020.
11/30/2020
7/1/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services, through the Children's Bureau has released a Letter regarding the Termination of Parent Rights and Adoption Assistance​
6/29/2020
Memo from Justice Elizabeth T. Clement concerning the National Juvenile Defender Center's report asessing access to and the quality of juvenile defense counsel in Michigan​.

 

 

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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

  • 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

  • 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

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • MCrimJI 17.37 as adopted

    Effective Date: 8/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 17.37 Hazing

  • MCrimJI 35.1a as adopted

    Effective Date: 8/1/2020

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

  • M Crim JI 38.1, 38.4 and 38.4a as adopted

    Effective Date: 8/1/2020

    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

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: would provide a timeframe for a responsive pleading when a motion for more definite statement is denied

    Issued: 6/10/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require disclosure of the right to object to venue in actions brought under the Summary Proceedings Act for landlord/tenant proceedings in district court, consistent with MCL 600.5706

    Issued: 5/20/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would clarify the process for change of venue and transfer orders

    Issued: 5/20/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

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