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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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4/4/2019
FY 2020 Problem-Solving Courts and Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program grant applications​ are open.  Certification applications (for courts that require certification) are also open. All applications are due May 31, 2019.
5/31/2019

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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5/8/2019
Save the Date!
Date and location:  August 14, Odawa Casino Hotel, Petoskey
8/14/2019
5/7/2019
SBM Training Opportunity:  Trauma and Trauma Care Before, During, and After Incarceration​
Date and location:  June 1, MSU Law School, East Lansing
Register by May 29, 2019
5/29/2019
5/6/2019

JIS Training Opportunity:  Webinar – Recap of JIS Conference
Date:  May 23, 12:30-1:15pm ET

On April 25, JIS hosted a day-long conference at the Hall of Justice in Lansing.  More than 90 trial court staff from 66 different courts attended.  Join JIS Senior Managers for a live, highly-abridged recap of the day’s topics; give us your feedback on what you see and hear; help us understand what the next conference might look like, and prioritize other ways we can communicate better with all of you.

Register at http://info.courts.mi.gov/webinarseries/jisconferencerecap

5/23/2019
4/25/2019
Save the Date!
Date and location: July 18 DoubleTree by HiltonHotel Bay City, Bay City
7/18/2019
4/23/2019
​MJI: Juvenile Probation Officer/Caseworker Certification Examination​​ held pursuant to Administrative Order 1985-5
Dates and locations:  July 26 in Lansing and August 2 in Gaylord
Register by July 12, 2019
7/12/2019
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
Save the Date
Date and location:  June 4, Ferris State University, Big Rapids
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

  
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5/3/2019
​The purpose of the Friend of the Court Domestic Violence Resource Guide​ is to provide practical informaiton 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

 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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5/7/2019

​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, 2019.

  • Estates and Protected Individuals Code (Meeting 9/5/19)
  • Mental Health and Commitment (Meeting 9/12/19)
  • Child Protective Proceedings (Meeting 9/19/19)
  • Delinquency and Designated (Meeting 9/26/19)

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. 

 

Family / Probate

  
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4/24/2019
​MCL 552.524 requires the chief circuit judge to review the performance of the circuit court's friend of the court annually.  And annual statutory reviews​ are due August 1, 2019.
8/1/2019
4/10/2019
​This memo provides an introduction to the new forms and process for entering consent judgments and orders under the new court rules for Collaborative Law (MCR 3.222) and Summary Proceedings (MCR 3.223)​.
3/22/2019
Mi​chigan Reunification Day​ at the Hall of Justice (June 20, 2019)

 

 

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Civil Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • MCJI 97.35 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 97.35 Statutory Grounds

  • MCJI 97.36 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 97.36 Definitions

  • MCJI 97.01 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/15/2019

    Description: M Civ JI 97.01 Preliminary Instructions to Prospective Jurors

  • MCJI 171.02 published for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/15/2019

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

  • 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

 

Civil Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days



Criminal / Traffic

  
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Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • MCrimJI-10.10-and-10.10a-and-10.10b-and-10.10c-for-public-comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 10.10 Gang-Motivated Crimes; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.10a Encouraging Gang-Motivated Crimes; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.10b Making Threats to Deter a Person from Assisting Another to Withdraw from Gang Membership; [NEW] M Crim JI 10.10c Threatening a Person to Retaliate for Withdrawing from Gang Membership

  • MCrimJI-3.8-AMENDED-for-public-comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.8 Less Serious Crimes

  • M Crim JI 7.15, 7.16, 7.21 and 7.22 for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED USE NOTE] M Crim JI 7.15 Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 7.16 Duty to Retreat to Avoid Using Force or Deadly Force; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 7.21 Defense of Others—Deadly Force; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 7.22 Use of Non-deadly Force in Self-Defense or Defense of Others

  • 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

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: would explicitly allow the use of cellular phones, as well as prohibit certain uses, in a courthouse

    Issued: 5/15/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require a moving party to affirmatively state that he or she has sought concurrence in the relief sought on a specific date, and opposing counsel denied concurrence in the relief sought

    Issued: 5/15/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require trial courts to provide a copy of each court officer’s bond to SCAO along with the list of court officers

    Issued: 5/15/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would continue the process for design and implementation of the statewide electronic-filing system

    Issued: 5/15/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require 50 percent of unclaimed class action funds be disbursed to the Michigan State Bar Foundation or other distribution as deemed appropriate by the court

    Issued: 5/10/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would enable a defendant to show actual prejudice in a motion for relief for judgment under certain circumstances

    Issued: 5/1/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would provide procedural rules to incorporate the Summary Support and Paternity Act [366 PA 2014; MCL 722.1491, et seq.] to establish a parent’s paternity or support obligation through a summary action

    Issued: 4/22/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would address a lawyer’s obligation to maintain competence in relevant technology and ensure reasonable efforts to maintain confidentiality of documents

    Issued: 4/22/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would be consistent with the current practice of appointment of counsel, which is now governed by statute and regulated through the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

    Issued: 4/18/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would clarify that writs of coram nobis, coram vobis, audita querela, and bills of review and bills in the nature of a bill of review are abolished

    Issued: 4/18/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: regarding the chief judge selection process and judicial vacation leave practices

    Issued: 4/3/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would eliminate the requirement for courts to maintain and submit information to SCAO about the costs expended in providing appointed counsel

    Issued: 3/20/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would incorporate into the Supreme Court rules the procedure to be followed for cases being argued on the application

    Issued: 2/13/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 6/1/2019

    Public Hearing: