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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
  
3/14/2019
3/12/2019
2/28/2019
State Bar of Michigan's Notice of Suspension for Non-Payment of Dues​​ as of February 26, 2019.
2/28/2019
The​ circuit, district, and probate​ court fee charts have been updated.
2/21/2019
Memo to clarify questions regarding court officer authority​.
2/13/2019
A ​memorandum from Trial Court Services explains recent technical amendments to MCR 2.002, the Waiver of Fees for Indigent Persons​.​
2/12/2019
Each court's Jury Statistics Report​ is due in MCAP by March 31, 2019.  For detailed reporting instructions, refer to SCAO 73.  TCS has developed other helpful resources that can be found on the Jury Management webpage.​
3/31/2019
1/8/2019

At this time, the State Court Administrative Office does not know the account information for LARA to receive the funds tied to the new Michigan Indigent Defense Commission cash codes for partially indigent defendants. We are working with Treasury to revise Treasury’s transmittal forms. However, until the transmittal is revised, the court/funding unit will have to hold onto the 20%.  Then, when the transmittal is revised, it can send the money to LARA via the transmittal.  Do not modify the current state transmittal form to force remittance of the funds. We will notify you as soon as the revised Treasury forms are available. ​

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
Summary
  
3/14/2019
As of January 2019, cumulative e-filings have passed the million mark.  See our progress here, and learn more about the statewide e-filing initiative here​.
2/14/2019
Courts can aid their transition to MiFILE by reviewing the information in Preparing for MiFILE in Your Court​.​

 


Education

  
Summary
  
3/12/2019
High school students (entering grades 10-12 in fall 2019 and 2019 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, July 15-19 in Lansing.
7/15/2019
3/12/2019
MJI Training Opportunity:  Court Support Staff Certification Training​
Dates and location:  April 10-11, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch
Register by March 22, 2019
3/22/2019
3/12/2019
Save the Date
Date and location: April 4, Kirtland College Event Center, Grayling
3/12/2019
Save the Date
Date and location:  June 4, Ferris State University, Big Rapids
2/21/2019
Dates and location:  April 24-26, Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center, Higgins Lake
Register by March 22, 2019
3/22/2019
2/5/2019
​MJI Training Opportunity:  Creating a Civil Treatment Culture in the Workplace​
Date and location:  June 11, Hall of Justice, Lansing
Register by May 24, 2019
5/24/2019

 

 

 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

  
Summary
  
1/17/2019

​Proposed Michigan Court Forms Committee agenda items are published for a 45-day comment period.  Comments received on proposed agenda items will be posted daily.  Proposed agenda items and comments will remain posted until the relevant committee meeting is held.

 

Civil Forms Proposals for Comment

 

Domestic Relations Forms Proposals for Comment

 

Family / Probate

  
Summary
  
3/14/2019
3/12/2019
​SCAO Administrative Memorandum 2019-03:  Adjusting Current Support Due to Incapacitation
Rescinds 2018-01
2/27/2019

House Bills 5806, 5807, and 5808 were recently signed into law and become effective March 28, 2019.  They provide statutory structure for juvenile mental health courts and include a broadened definition of “violent offender” for admission into a juvenile mental health court.​

2/25/2019
D​HHS Child Care Fund (CFF) Program Instruction regarding average weekly contacts clarification​.
2/25/2019
Effective February 13, 2019, offense codes​ 1805 (failure to yield to stationary authorized emergency responder) and 1806 (failure to use due caution for stationary authorized emergency responders) were changed.
2/22/2019
Amendments to case type code for substance use disorder cases​ and instructions to courts for tracking purposes.
2/13/2019
Changes to the ML case-type code​ description will affect data entry, caseload reporting, and record retention.

 

 

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Civil Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • M Civ JI 143.01, 143.02, 143.03,... as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/15/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Civ JI 143.01 Commission—Defined; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.02 Principal—Defined; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.03 Sales Representative—Defined; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.10 Payment of Commissions Due At The Time of Contract Termination; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.11 Payment of Commissions That Become Due After Contract Termination; NEW] M Civ JI 143.12 When Commissions Become Due; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.20 Failure to Pay Commissions Due At Time of Termination; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.21 Failure to Pay Commissions Due After Termination; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.22 Actual Damages / Intentional Failure to Pay Commissions When Due;

  • M Civ JI 113.03 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 113.03 Trade or Commerce-Definition

  • M Civ JI 1.01, 2.06, 3.02 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 1.01 Introductory Comments; [AMENDED] M Civ JI 2.06 Jurors to Keep Open Minds; [AMENDED] M Civ JI 3.02 Facts to Be Determined from Evidence

  • M Civ JI _.__ Support Persons or Animals as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/15/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Civ JI _.__ Support Persons or Animals

  • M Civ JI 15.01 and M Civ JI 15.01A - GTLA Proposal as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 4/15/2019

    Description: M Civ JI 15.01 Definition of Proximate Cause [AMENDED]; M Civ JI 15.01A Definition of The Proximate Cause [NEW]

  • M Civ JI 171.02 [AMENDED]

    Comment Period Expiration: 4/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 171.02 Mental Illness: Involuntary Treatment—Elements and Burden of Proof

 

Civil Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days



Criminal / Traffic

  
Summary
  
3/12/2019
​Updates to the Recommended Range of Fines and Costs​ for Civil Infractions, First-Time Offenders, Responsibility Admitted, Non-Accident Violations.
2/28/2019
​The Summary of Drunk Driving and Drug Cases report​ is due by March 31.  Be sure to read the revisions to the reporting instructions.
3/31/2019
2/27/2019

House Bills 5806, 5807, and 5808 were recently signed into law and become effective March 28, 2019.  They provide statutory structure for juvenile mental health courts and include a broadened definition of “violent offender” for admission into a juvenile mental health court.

 

House Bill 5372 was recently signed into law and becomes effective March 28, 2019.  It provides that certain defendants must undergo an assessment to determine whether they have a diagnosis for alcohol dependence and would likely benefit from medication-assisted treatment.​

2/25/2019
Effective February 13, 2019, offense codes​ 1805 (failure to yield to stationary authorized emergency responder) and 1806 (failure to use due caution for stationary authorized emergency responders) were changed.

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • M Crim JI 15.18 for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 15.18 Moving Violation Causing Death or Serious Impairment of a Body Function

  • M Crim JI 7.25 for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 7.25 Self-Defense as Defense to Felon in Possession of a Firearm

  • M Crim JI 11.38 and 11.38a for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 4/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 11.38 Felon Possessing Firearm: Nonspecified Felony; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 11.38a Felon Possessing Firearm: Specified Felony

  • M Crim JI 3.11 for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 4/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.11 Deliberations and Verdict

  • 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)

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • M Crim JI 11.1 and 11.1a as adopted

    Effective Date: 3/1/2019

    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 37.1, 37.1a, 37.2, 37.2a as adopted

    Effective Date: 2/1/2019

    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

  • M Crim JI 12.2a as adopted

    Effective Date: 2/1/2019

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

  • M Crim JI 17.9 and 17.10 as adopted

    Effective Date: 2/1/2019

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

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments