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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
  
9/17/2019
The access security matrix and Nonpublic and Limited-Access Court Records chart​ have been updated in light of ADM File No. 2019-12.  Specifically, item A17, Confidential Case Inventory (Domestic Relations/Juvenile Code) was added to accommodate requirements of MCR 3.206(A)(3), MCR 3.931(A), and MCR 3.961(A).
9/12/2019
​The State Law Library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and staff is available to assist library users with their research.  Find out more about the services offered by clicking here​.
9/9/2019
J​udicial Tenure Commission Election.  Chief Judge Pablo Cortes, 62A District Court, City of Wyoming, Kent County, was elected by the judges of the district and municipal courts as their representative to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission for a three-year term commencing January 1, 2020, and expiring December 31, 2022.

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
Summary
  
9/18/2019
MiFILE Brief 7​:  ​Overview of court rule amendments, effective September 1, 2019, specific to e-Filing and e-Service under MCR 1.109(G).  This rule provides the fundamental authority, policy, and procedure for electronic filing and electronic service in MiFILE.

 


Education

  
Summary
  
10/10/2019
Date and location:  November 13, DoubleTree Bay City, One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City
Register by October 25, 2019
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10/25/2019
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
10/10/2019
Save the Date!​
web-based meeting October 22, 2019
10/22/2019
10/10/201910/30/2019
10/3/2019
​ODR Training Opportunity:  Summary Jury Trial Summit​
Date and location:  October 31, Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing
Register by October 17, 2019
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10/17/2019
9/12/2019
MJI T​raining Opportunity:  2020 Judicial Elections Seminar and Webinar​
Date and location:  November 22, Hall of Justice, Lansing
Register by November 1, 2019
11/1/2019
9/3/2019
The 23rd Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Annual Summit "Substance Use and Child Endangerment" will be held on November 14 and November 15, 2019 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To register, click on the following link: https://2019gtfcan.eventbrite.com/.
11/14/2019

 

 

 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
  
10/8/2019

​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
  
9/25/2019
O​n September 11, 2019, the Court adopted changes to MCR 1.109 and 3.206(A)(3) that make the case inventory confidential​​, meaning it is no longer subject to service requirements in MCR 3.203, and it is available only to the party that filed it, the filing party's attorney, the court, and the friend of the court.

 

 

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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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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

  • 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

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • 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

  • M Crim JI 15.18 adopted

    Effective Date: 9/1/2019

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

  • M Crim JI 11.38 and M Crim JI 11.38a adopted

    Effective Date: 9/1/2019

    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 7.25 adopted

    Effective Date: 9/1/2019

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

  • M Crim JI 3.11 adopted

    Effective Date: 9/1/2019

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

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • 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: