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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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10/19/2020
​The procedures outlined in this memo​ apply to any lawsuit pertaining to an election-related matter, regardless of whether it is filed before, on, or after November 3, 2020.​
10/2/2020
10/2/2020
Executive Order 2020-187 extends the relaxation of notary requirements and allows for remote notarization through October 31, 2020.
10/1/2020
9/28/2020
A memo from State Court Administrator Tom Boyd highlighting key changes to the criteria for holding jury trials in order to continue keeping the public and staff safe.  The key element of the new criteria is that all phase two and phase three courts are required to submit one LAO that will apply to all jury trials in that jurisdiction.  Courts must also conduct as much other operations remotely as possible.

Model LAO 51​ - Establish Parameters for Conducting In-Person Jury Proceedings during the Covid-19 Pandemic​

9/21/2020
NEW JIS FEATURE!   JIS UPDATES AND INFORMATION BLOG!

Introducing the JIS Updates and Information Blog to better serve JIS court case management system users and share important information regarding Judicial Information Services.

JIS users can sign up to receive communications regarding release updates, webinars, new initiatives, and more by copying and pasting or typing the following website into an Internet browser.:  https://info.courts.mi.gov/jisinfo

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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10/8/2020
MJI/FOCB Training Opportunity (Webinar):  Michigan Child Support Formula Update: A Formula for Better Customer Outcomes​
Date and time:  October 21, 9:00-10:00
10/8/2020
MJI​/FOCB Training Opportunity (Webinar): Working with Military and Veteran Families​
Date and time: October 28, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
10/8/2020
Juven​ile Justice Vision 20/20 Fall Trainng Event Virtual Conference​
Dates and times:  October 29, 10:00-3:00 and October 30, 10:00-12:00
8/25/2020

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
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9/21/2020
​The SSSPP Annual Report​ is now available!
5/5/2020
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.
2/6/2020
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.
1/3/2020
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.​

1/3/2020
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

Forms Revisions

  • Date Posted: 10/13/2020

    Revisions to MC 50
    ​This form was revised to accommodate use in e-Filing. It includes personal identifying information that is protected under MCL 1.109(D)(9). The language in the Certificate of Mailing section was updated under MCR 2.107(D) and MCR 1.109(D)(3).
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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Family / Probate

  
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10/1/2020
This memorandum provides recommendations for coordinating FOC and district court services to assist families facing eviction.  The recommendations provide a range of activities that each court and FOC can implement based on local resources.  A flyer​ for FOC use (reminding customers to update information and providing resources) is also available.
9/21/2020
Judge Monte Burmeister, Crawford County Probate Court, was elected by the judges of the probate court as their representative to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission for the three-year term commencing January 1, 2021, and expiring December 31, 2023.​
8/6/2020
​The 2021 Michigan Child Support Formula Manual and Supplement​ become effective on January 1, 2021.
7/9/2020
MCL 552.524 requires the chief circuit judge to review the performance of the circuit court's friend of the court annually.  The annual statutory reviews​ are due November 30, 2020.
11/30/2020

 

 

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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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10/5/2020
The State Court Administrative Office is working to centralize statewide bond information​ – including bond amounts, failure to appear events, and bond forfeitures – in the Judicial Data Warehouse (JDW) so that courts can easily review a defendant’s pretrial history from other jurisdictions.​ 

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • MCrimJI_5.15_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 12/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 5.15 Interpreter

  • MCrimJI_17.2a_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 12/1/2020

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 17.2a Domestic Assault / Aggravated Domestic Assault

  • MCrimJI_33.1a_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 12/1/2020

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 33.1a Use of an Animal for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting

  • MCrimJI_40.1,_40.2_and_40.3_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 12/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 40.1 Disturbing the Peace; [NEW] M Crim JI 40.2 Disturbing Religious Meetings; [NEW] M Crim JI 40.3 Disturbing Others at a Funeral;

  • MCrimJI_39.7_and_39.7a_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2021

    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

  • MCrimJI_39.8_and_39.8a_for_comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2021

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 39.8 Threat to Commit an Offense Involving Explosives; [NEW] M Crim JI 39.8a Threatening to Poison or Commit a Harmful Substance Offense

  • M Crim JI Chapter 15 for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 11/1/2020

    Description: Rewrite of Chapter 15, Motor Vehicle Offenses

  • 13.19 and 13.19a for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 11/1/2020

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 13.19 False Report of a Felony Crime; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.19a False Report of Medical or Other Emergency

  • 37.8, 37.8a, 37.8b, 37.9, 37.9a, 37.10, 37.11 and 37.11a for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 37.8 Withholding Evidence; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.8a Preventing Crime Report; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.8b Retaliating for Crime Report; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.9 Influencing Statements to Investigators by Gift; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.9a Influencing Statements to Investigators by Threat or Intimidation; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.10 Influencing Statements to Investigators by Gift or Intimidation – Defenses; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.11 Removing, Destroying or Tampering with Evidence; [NEW] M Crim JI 37.11a Offering False Evidence at an Official Proceeding

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: Allocation of Funds from Lawyer Trust Account Program

    Issued: 10/14/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would allow the JTC to share information with two separate divisions of the State Bar of Michigan: the Judicial Qualifications Committee and the Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program

    Issued: 9/16/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would eliminate the requirement to return successive motions to the filer, would eliminate the prohibition on appeal of a decision made on a motion for relief from judgment, would require all such motions to be submitted to the assigned judge, and would require a trial court to issue an order when it rejects or denies relief

    Issued: 9/16/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require a signature from an attorney of record on documents filed by represented parties

    Issued: 9/16/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

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