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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
  
11/9/2018
Holiday Gifts​:  The Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 4(E)(4), prohibits judges and their family members from receiving gifts, except in certain limited circumstances.
10/31/2018
This memo explains how amendments to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act​ impact the courts with respect to determinations of indigency and collecting and remitting payments for court-appointed counsel.
10/31/2018
C​ourts must provide ADA coordinator signs​ at their own expense in accordance with the ADA.​
10/19/2018
Read about changes in the procedure for processing State Bar of Michigan dues for courts that have multiple judges and attorneys.
10/18/2018
​The procedures outlined in this election matter lawsuits memo​ apply to any lawsuit pertaining to an election matter regardless of whether it is filed before, on, or after November 6, 2018.

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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11/15/2018
Date and location:  December 2018 (various dates), Webinar
Register by December 3
12/3/2018
11/14/2018
​Webinar:  U Visa Certifications and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status:  The Judge's Role​
Open to judges and court staff only
In collaboration with the National Judicial College, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the State Justice Institute
November 30, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern
11/30/2018
8/29/2018
​CWS Training Opportunity:  Courtroom Confidence for Child Welfare Caseworkers​
Date and location:  December 4, Hall of Justice, Lansing
12/4/2018

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
Summary
  
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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11/2/2018

​The State Court Administrative Office is accepting suggestions for revisions to SCAO-approved forms and suggestions for new forms for the spring workgroups listed below.  E-mail your suggestion to courtformsinfo@courts.mi.gov.  Please send your proposal no later than December 31, 2018.

 

  • Adoption (Meeting 2/28/19)
  • Criminal (Meeting 3/7/19)
  • Civil (Meeting 3/14/19)
  • Domestic Relations (Meeting 3/21/19)

 

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.

10/10/2018

​The Arabic and Spanish versions of revised MC 01 are now available.

Revised MC 01 Arabic

Revised MC 01 Spanish

 

Family / Probate

  
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11/15/2018
Cheboygan County Probate Judge Robert Butts leads a discussion on the benefits of child protection mediation​ to parents, children, the court, and justice system participants.
11/15/2018
Full-year grievance reports for 2018 must be completed and sent to the Friend of the Court Bureau electronically by January 18, 2019.
1/18/2019
10/25/2018
10/25/2018
10/19/2018
Does your court plan to hold an Adoption Day event?  If so, let the Public Information Office feature it on Facebook, Twitter, and the Court's web page.  Please contact the office at: SeaksL@courts.mi.gov​.
7/26/2018

 

 

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Civil Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

 

Civil Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days



Criminal / Traffic

  
Summary
  
11/8/2018
Effective October 8 2018, the Department of State's Court Liaison Unit​ was reassigned from the Driver Records Program Section to the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight.

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • M Crim JI 20.38c

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2019

    Description: M Crim JI 20.38c Child Sexually Abusive Activity - Possessing or Accessing

  • M Crim JI 33.1, 33.1a, 33.1b, 33.1c, 33.1d, 33.1e, 33.1f, 33.1g

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1 Possession or Sale of Animal for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1a Use of an Animal for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1b Exhibitions of Animal Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1c Breeding, Buying, or Selling Animal Trained for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1d Possessing or Buying Equipment for Animal Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1e Inciting Animal Used in Fighting to Attack a Person; [NEW] M Crim JI 331.f Owning Animal Trained for Fighting – Attacking a Person; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1g Owning Animal Trained for Fighting - Unrestrained;

  • MCrim JI 27.1 and 27.5

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 27.1 Embezzlement by Agent or Servant; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 27.5 Embezzlement of Mortgaged Property

  • MCrim JI 14.2a

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 14.2a Perjury

  • MCrim JI 3.29, 3.30 and 3.31

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2019

    Description: M Crim JI 3.29 Verdict Form (Insanity Defense); M Crim JI 3.30 Verdict Form (Lesser Offenses); M Crim JI 3.31 Verdict Form (Insanity Defense with Lesser Offenses)

  • M Crim JI 3.28 for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 11/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.28 Verdict Form (Multiple Counts)

  • M Crim JI 11.1 and 11.1a for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 11/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 11.1 Carrying a Concealed Weapon – Pistol; [NEW] M Crim JI 11.1a Carrying a Pistol in a Vehicle

  • M Crim JI 12.2a for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 11/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 12.2a Delivery of a Controlled Substance Causing Death

  • M Crim JI 17.9 and 17.10 for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 11/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 17.9 Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 17.10 Definition of Dangerous Weapon

  • M Crim JI 37.1, 37.1a, 37.2, 37.2a for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 11/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 37.1 Offering Bribes – Public Officer, Agent, Servant, or Employee; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.1a Offering Bribes – Juror, Appraiser, Receiver, Trustee, Administrator, Executor, Commissioner, Auditor, Arbitrator, or Referee; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.2 Accepting Bribes – Executive, Legislative, or Judicial Officer; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.2a Accepting Bribes – Juror, Appraiser, Receiver, Trustee, Administrator, Executor, Commissioner, Auditor, Arbitrator, or Referee

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • M Crim JI 7.16a

    Effective Date: 12/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 7.16a Rebuttable Presumption Regarding Fear of Death, Great Bodily Harm, or Sexual Assault

  • M Crim JI 11.43 and 11.43a

    Effective Date: 12/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] 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; [NEW] M Crim JI 11.43a Possessing Explosive Substance or Device in a Public Place

  • M Crim JI 11.44 and 11.44a

    Effective Date: 12/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 11.44 Manufacturing, Buying, Selling, Furnishing, or Possessing Molotov Cocktails; [NEW] 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

  • M Crim JI 11.37a and 11.37b

    Effective Date: 12/1/2018

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 11.37a Discharge of a Firearm at a Building; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 11.37b Discharge of a Firearm in a Building

  • M Crim JI 10.9, 10.9a, 10.9b, 10.9c, 10.9d adopted

    Effective Date: 10/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 10.9 Organized Retail Crime – Merchandise Theft; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.9a Organized Retail Crime – Possession of Stolen Merchandise; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.9b Organized Retail Crime – Subterfuge; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.9c Organized Retail Crime – Telecommunications Device; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.9d Organized Retail Crime – Telecommunications Service Agreement;

  • M Crim JI 11.41 adopted

    Effective Date: 10/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 11.41 Chemical Irritants – Unlawful Acts

  • M Crim JI 11.42, 11.42a

    Effective Date: 10/1/2018

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 11.42 Offensive or Injurious Substances – Placement with Intent to Injure; [NEW] M Crim JI 11.42a Offensive or Injurious Substances – Placement with Intent to Annoy

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: would add a list of specific orders that can be appealed by right regarding an Indian child subject to a child protective proceeding pursuant to statute

    Issued: 10/17/2018

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require amicus briefs to indicate certain information regarding the preparation of the brief and disclosure of monetary contributions

    Issued: 10/17/2018

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would make the amount of time a defendant has to request appointed appellate counsel consistent with other parts of the rule and remove the requirement for a sentencing judge to articulate substantial and compelling reasons to deviate from the guidelines range, pursuant to Lockridge

    Issued: 10/17/2018

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would direct courts to establish a standing courthouse security committee to be chaired by the chief judge or his/her designee

    Issued: 10/3/2018

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require media lawyer advertisements to identify the name and contact information of at least one lawyer providing services

    Issued: 9/27/2018

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require a trial court to orally recite preliminary and final jury instructions for the jury

    Issued: 9/27/2018

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: regarding e-Filing

    Issued: 9/27/2018

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2019

    Public Hearing: