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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


Communication Categories



General and Administrative Matters 

M​emo regarding New Sobriety Court Responses and Description and Other Updates​ from Michigan Department of State Court Liaisons David Handor and Melissa Noll
The circuit court fee schedule​ was updated.​
On March 31, the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) released two publications on incorporating social workers into public defense.  As use of social workers expands in defender offices across the state, MIDC requested the reports be shared. Courts may be interested in learning more about the role of social workers with respect to pretrial and sentencing advocacy.  The two publications, a report and a manual, can be accessed here​.

New legislation may impact programming in the case management systems​.  JIS is developing program changes to meet the requirements of the new laws and will provide further communication regarding same.  All non-JIS courts should review the legislation and check with their vendors concerning changes that must be made to accommodate the new legislation.
​A memo from Secretary of State Court Liaisons, David Handsor and Melissa Noll​, indicating a Sobriety Court Removal Procedural Change effective immediately (specifically regarding court form MC 393).

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

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MJI Family Division Referee Webinar ​- May 26 for juvenile division referees and May 27 for domestic relations referees
Justitia, the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center Educator Newsletter- Events for students including Law Day Zoom field trip May 3, an interactive virtual field trip of the Judicial Branch Overview and Symbols of the Judicial Branch April 15, and Jury Service: A Responsibility of Citizens.
Exploring Careers in the Law​, July 20, 2021.  High school students and 2021 graduates will learn how legal professionals approach cases by studying a student speech case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.
MJI Opportunity - New Development in Adolescent Sexual Behavior Assessment:  A Webinar for Juvenile Probation Officers and Case workers and DHHS Juvenile Justice Staff, Tuesday, April 27, 1:00 - 2:00 pm​



 Reports and Publications

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.
​The SSSPP Annual Report​ is now available!
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.
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.
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.​

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 Revisions

  • Date Posted: 4/16/2021

    Revisions to JC 15, JC 19, and JC 76
    ​These forms were revised pursuant to 2020 PA 8 and proposed MCR 3.966(D), MCR 3.975, and MCR 3.976. JC 15 was split into JC 15m and JC 15a, and JC 15o was created.
  • Date Posted: 4/12/2021

    Revisions to JC 81, JC 84, and JC 85
    ​These forms were revised to accommodate changes in the appeals process under ADM 2015-21, dated 9/23/20. Additional changes were made, including formatting changes to accommodate the MiFILE system, adding "Judge" to the header per MCR 1.109, adjusting penalty of perjury language, and adjusting the notary section under MCL 55.287 and for usability. Additionally, date of birth was removed.
  • Date Posted: 4/12/2021

    Revisions to JC 49
    ​JC 49, Order of Adjudication (Child Protective Proceedings), was revised per MCL 712A.2(b)(2).
  • Date Posted: 4/12/2021

    Revisions to CC 404
    ​CC 404, Notice to Prisoner on Application for Leave to Appeal Decision of Parole Board, was revised per MCR 7.118(D)(3)(b)(i) and to accommodate MiFILE.
  • Date Posted: 3/31/2021

    Revisions to Michigan Uniform Law Citations and Commercial Law Citation

    ​The Michigan Uniform Law Citations and Commercial Law Citation were revised to include information required under 2020 PA 393, 2020 PA 394, and MCL 257.732(3)(i).

  • Date Posted: 3/24/2021

    Creation of MC 507
    ​The following form has been created:  MC 507, Request for e-Sevice by MiFILE
  • Date Posted: 3/24/2021

    Revisions to SCAO 74
    ​This form was revised to change the mailing address to the "Court Services" e-mail address so that documents can be processed more easily and quickly.

Other Forms Information

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Family / Probate

​This document provides information to court staff regarding potential impacts of the American Rescue Plan Act on child support​.
​​New Federal Disability Rights Protections and Individuals in Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder (child welfare system) video series​.
Child Support Specialty Establishment Guide is a step-by-step guide to help courts design and implement child support specialty dockets 
​Summary of newly enacted legislation and guidance with implementation of the necessary procedural changes with respect to Public Act 389 or 2020 - Detainment of Status Offenders Who Violate a Valid Court Order​
This communication​ provides updates to the prior version of (CI) 20-92.  Courts with questions may contact Ann Rossi, MDHHS Departmental Analyst at
The FOCB will e-mail 2020 SCAO 41 reports​ with MiCSES data to FOC directors in mid-February.  FOC offices will be responsible for completing the non-MiCSES items of the report and returning the report to the FOCB by May 3, 2021.
Memo and FAQ​​ with respect to Clean Slate for Kids provide a summary of newly enacted legislation and initial guidance to assist with implementation of the necessary procedural changes.
(Updated 3/23/21)​



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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


Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • M Crim JI 39.7 and M Crim JI 39.7a as adopted

    Effective Date: 5/1/2021

    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

  • Notice-of-Renumbering-Some-Chapter-11-Instructions-Weapons-to-Chapter-39-Explosives-and-Harmful-Substances

    Effective Date: 5/1/2021

    Description: Change in Numbering M Crim JI 11.39 (Explosives – sending) becomes M Crim JI 39.1 M Crim JI 11.39a (Explosives – placing) becomes M Crim JI 39.1a M Crim JI 11.39b (Explosives – false bomb) becomes M Crim JI 39.1b M Crim JI 11.40 (Harmful substances – unlawful acts) becomes M Crim JI 39.2 M Crim JI 11.40a (Harmful substances – false statement of exposure) becomes M Crim JI 39.2a M Crim JI 11.40b (Imitation harmful substance or device) becomes M Crim JI 39.2b M Crim JI 11.41 (Chemical irritants – unlawful acts) becomes M Crim JI 39.3 M Crim JI 11.42 (Offensive or injurious substances – placement with intent to injure) becomes M Crim JI 39.4 M Crim JI 11.42a (Offensive or injurious substances – placement with intent to annoy) becomes M Crim JI 39.4a M Crim JI 11.43 (Carrying or Possessing Explosive or Combustible Substances with Intent to Damage Property or to Frighten, Injure, or Kill a Person) becomes M Crim JI 39.5 M Crim JI 11.43a (Possessing Explosive Substance or Device in a Public Place) becomes M Crim JI 39.5a M Crim JI 11.44 (Manufacturing, Buying, Selling, Furnishing, or Possessing Molotov Cocktails) becomes M Crim JI 39.6 M Crim JI 11.44a (Manufacturing, Buying, Selling, Furnishing, or Possessing an Incendiary Explosive Device with Intent to Damage Property or to Frighten, Injure, or Kill a Person) becomes M Crim JI 39.6a



Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments


Proposed Rules or Amendments