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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.

 

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General and Administrative Matters 

  
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1/16/2019
The Secretary of State's office is replacing its antiquated computer mainframe with a modernized driver-and-vehicle system that will provide you with improved services online and at all Secretary of State offices.  Known as CARS​, which stands for Customer and Automotive Records System, it will be rolled out in two phases.​​
1/16/2019
Component 39 of the Case File Management Standards​​ has been modified to remove family division case types UT and UW and move substance use disorder proceedings from probate case type ML to case type MI.  Component 19 was modified regarding confidentiality.
1/9/2019
Applications are now being accepted to visit one of nine NDCI mentor adult drug courts.  NDCI's mentor courts serve as model programs for individuals and court teams interested in starting an adult drug court or for established courts interested in learning innovative practices.  The mentor court program is made possible through collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) within the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice.​  All site visits are FREE for up to three individuals!  Space is limited, so apply soon.

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. ​

1/8/2019
Generally speaking, public restrooms are the only places in the courthouse where nursing mothers and certain individuals with disabilities can address their biological or medical needs.  Even under the best of circumstances, this presents sanitation concerns and various challenges for the user.  Accordingly, the State Court Administrative Office, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan encourage all courts to create and maintain an accommodation space​ where individuals who are required to be at court can meet their individual needs.  It should be noted that providing a space is not a legal requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but it is strongly encouraged.
12/20/2018
12/20/2018
A memorandum from Trial Court Services explains recent amendments to MCR 2.002, the Waiver of Fees for Indigent Persons​
12/19/2018
Authorized users of CRS must submit 2018 caseload data​ by January 31, 2019, and verify the caseload data as complete and accurate by February 28, 2019.
2/28/2019

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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1/8/2019
NADCP is pleased to share a new opportunity for intensive technical assistance from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy.  The 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity will offer sustained, individualized consultating, training and peer-to-peer support for up to 25 peer-run, family-run, and young adult-run and/or recovery community organizations in one of five designated focus areas.  Click here for eligibility information and to apply.
1/31/2019
1/8/2019
Date and location: February 28, Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center, Livonia

 
2/28/2019
1/3/2019

Child Welfare Services announcement:  Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women

Date and Location:  Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

219 S Harrison Road, East Lansing, Michigan

2/4/2019
1/2/2019

​Michigan Judicial Institute Seminar Announcement:  Court Support Staff Certification Training

Date and Location:  Wednesday, February 20, 2019 and Thursday, February 21, 2019 Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing, Michigan

1/25/2019
12/11/2018
View the recording of the December 7, 2018, webinar: An Overview of Michigan's Recreational Marihuana Law​.
12/3/2018
Save the Date!
DHHS Training Opportunity:  Trauma Informed and Trauma Responsive Care for Families with a Substance Use Disorder​
Date and location:  February 4, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
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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: 1/17/2019

    Revisions to MC 01​
    ​MC 01, Summons has been revised to comply with 2018 PA 511
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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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

1/3/2019

​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.

 

 

 

Family / Probate

  
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1/16/2019
Revision to General Schedule #15​- Circuit Court Records Retention and Disposal Schedule
1/16/2019
T​he Winter Pundit is now available.
1/16/2019
SCAO Administrative Memorandum 2019-01​​:  Friend of the Court Guidelines for Determining, Changing, or Suppressing Addresses of Parties and Nonparties
12/21/2018
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has established the process to provide the required reimbursement in accordance with PA 207 of 2018, Section 950 - the department shall allocate not more than $1,500,000.00 to reimburse counties for 50% of the cost to reimburse court‑appointed public guardians and conservators for recipients who also receive CMHSP services​. The department shall only reimburse for 50% of the cost for reimbursement up to $83.00 per month per court-appointed public guardian and conservator.  When the allocated funding has been exhausted, requests for reimbursement will no longer be considered.​  Click here for the form/instructions.

12/18/2018
SCAO 41 Report for 2018​ Due February 15, 2019
2/15/2019

 

 

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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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1/16/2019
This is a reminder to submit your abstract certification​ to the Secretary of State in January and July of each year.
2/28/2019
1/16/2019
​Corrections were made to the ORV offense codes​.

 

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)

  • 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 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 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

  • 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

 

 

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