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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
  
11/21/2019
​This is a summary of all of the court rule amendments​ that will have the most impact on courts.  The rules became effective in September 2018, May 2019, and will become effective in January 2020 and January 2021.
11/18/2019
​At this time of the year, it is difficult to deal with those who, with good intentions, try to give gifts or gratuities​ to judges and court staff.
10/24/2019
The Michigan Trial Court Records Management Standards​ have been updated as a result of MiFILE requirements, specifically the standards for ROA entry (page 41), margins (page 62), and court seal and electronic signatures (pages 73-77).
10/24/2019
​Procedures regarding election matter lawsuits​.

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
Summary
  
11/7/2019
​Information to aid courts and FOCs in planning for an electronic document management system for use with MiFILE​.  Includes considerations for evaluating the MiFILE Cloud DMS versus a local EDMS and information about IV-D funding.
10/24/2019
Ele​ctronic document standards​ for use in electronic document management systems, excerpted from the Michigan Trial Court Records Management Standards, are revised October 25, 2019, to clarify to whom they apply and when.
10/24/2019
​MiFILE Brief 9​:  Highlights of amendment to Administrative Order 1999-4 and summary of current records access policies.
10/24/2019

 


Education

  
Summary
  
11/21/2019
MJI Tr​aining Opportunity:  Friend of the Court Employee Seminar​
Dates and location:  January 22-24, Hall of Justice and Crowne Plaza Lansing West
Register by December 20, 2019
12/20/2019
11/18/2019
JIS and CWS Training Opportunity:  Introduction to the Newly Updated Court Improvement Program Data Reports Webinar
Date:  December 11 at 11:30 a.m.

In partnership with Child Welfare Services, Judicial Information Services is pleased to announce the next 30-minute webinar in which Erin House will guide you through using the newly updated CIP Data Reports.  This webinar is applicable to all Michigan courts, not just those using JIS applications.  If you are unable to attend the webinar, it will be recorded and posted to the JIS Knowledge Base.
12/11/2019
11/7/2019
MJI ​Training Opportunity:  Court Executive Team Conference: Promoting Professional Excellence in the Court​
Date and location:  December 10, Crowne Plaza Lansing West
Register by November 22, 2019
11/22/2019
10/21/2019
​Michigan​ Legal Help recently added a Legal Clinics and Events Calendar​ to the MLH website to help courts and legal aid organizations advertise legal clinics and outreach events, and to help website visitors find additional services available.
10/21/2019
Save the Date!
Date and location:  December 4, 2019, Hall of Justice, Lansing
12/4/2019
10/21/2019
Save the Date!
The 2020 National Peacemaking Conference​ "Envisioning Peacemaking in Today's World"
Date and location:  August 5, 6, & 7, 2020 at Little River Casino Resort, Manistree Michigan
8/7/2019
10/10/2019
MJI Seminar:  District Court Probation Officers Seminar​
New District Probation Officers - December 11, Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing
New & Experienced Probation Officers - December 12, Crowne Plaza West Hotel, Lansing
Register by November 15, 2019
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11/15/2019

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
Summary
  
7/31/2019
The Manual for Court Reporters and Recorders has been updated​
5/3/2019
​The purpose of the Friend of the Court Domestic Violence Resource Guide​ is to provide practical information 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

  
Summary
  
11/5/2019

​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, 2019.

  • Adoption (Meeting 2/27/20)
  • Criminal (Meeting 3/5/20)
  • Civil (Meeting 3/12/20)
  • Domestic Relations (Meeting 3/19/20)

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

  
Summary
  
11/21/2019
10/24/201912/2/2019

 

 

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Civil Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

 

Civil Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days



Criminal / Traffic

  
Summary
  
10/25/2019
Modifications have been made to the reporting instructions and SCAO 24 for Summary of Drug and Drunk Driving Report​.  Reports are due by March 31.
3/31/2020

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • M Crim JI 2.26, 3.1 and 3.6 for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2020

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 2.26 Maintaining an Open Mind; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.1 Duties of Judge and Jury; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.6 Witnesses—Credibility

  • M Crim JI 3.33 and 16.24 proposal for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 3.33 Verdict Form (Open Murder); M Crim JI 16.24 Degrees of Murder (strikeout text)

  • M Crim JI 7.17 proposal for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 7.17 Use of Deadly Force in Defense of the Home

  • M Crim JI 13.21, 13.22, 13.23, 13.24 and 13.25 proposal for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 13.21 Bringing a Weapon into Jail; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.22 Furnishing a Weapon to a Prisoner; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.23 Possession of a Weapon by a Prisoner; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.24 Bringing Alcohol or a Controlled Substance into Jail

  • M Crim JI 35.11 proposal for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 35.11 Sale, Purchase, Installation, Transfer, or Possession of Automated Sales Suppression Device or Zapper, Phantom-Ware, or Skimming Device

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • M Crim JI 3.8 as adopted

    Effective Date: 12/1/2019

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

  • M Crim JI 10.10, 10.10a, 10.10b and 10.10c as adopted

    Effective Date: 12/1/2019

    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

  • M Crim JI 7.15, 7.16, 7.21 and 7.22 as adopted

    Effective Date: 11/1/2019

    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

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

  • Description: clarifies that the rules authorizing limited scope representation are explicitly applicable to civil cases and proceedings in probate court

    Issued: 11/20/2019

    Effective: 1/1/20

  • Description: eliminates references to the “noncustodial parent” to make the rule consistent with the statute [MCL 710.51] allowing stepparent adoption when the petitioning stepparent’s spouse has joint legal custody, rather than requiring sole legal custody

    Issued: 11/20/2019

    Effective: 1/1/20

  • Description: updates and expands the rule slightly to include reference to a member’s email address

    Issued: 11/20/2019

    Effective: 1/1/20

  • Description: requires 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: 11/20/2019

    Effective: 1/1/20

  • Description: combines and harmonizes two amendments issued in separate ADM files (ADM File No. 2002-37 and ADM File No. 2019-18) amending the same rule

    Issued: 11/13/2019

    Effective: 1/1/20

  • Description:

    Issued: 10/23/2019

    Effective: Immediately

  • Description: Briefs Formatted for Optimized Reading on Electronic Displays

    Issued: 10/23/2019

    Effective: Immediately

  • Description: Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan for the 17th Circuit Court and the Kent County Probate Court

    Issued: 10/23/2019

    Effective: Immediately

  • Description: Electronic Filing in the 3rd, 6th, 13th, 16th, and 20th Circuit Courts

    Issued: 10/23/2019

    Effective: Immediately

  • Description: Assignment of Business Court Judge in Kent County

    Issued: 10/23/2019

    Effective: Immediately

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: would clarify the rule regarding preparation and filing of transcripts including that a court reporter or court recorder shall file their transcripts with a court when produced for a party or for the court

    Issued: 10/23/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would clarify that criminal defendants whose request for counsel due to indigency are denied are entitled to appeal that denial

    Issued: 10/23/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would allow a court to consider previously-decided claims in the context of a new claim for relief

    Issued: 9/18/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: requires the case inventory form filed in family division cases to be confidential

    Issued: 9/11/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would requirement for court to establish support for a finding that defendant is guilty of an offense charged [separate from the offense to which defendant is pleading guilty]

    Issued: 9/11/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would make the rule consistent with the statute [MCL 600.834] by allowing only the probate registers and deputy probate registers to perform certain administrative tasks that would otherwise be performed by the probate judge

    Issued: 9/11/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing: