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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
  
11/19/2020
The State Court Administrative Office is pleased to announce the availability of funding through the Access and Visitation Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2021​. This grant supports supervised parenting time and neutral drop-off/pick-up services.​
11/16/2020
Updated Return to Full Capacity Guide - Trial Court Response to COVID-19 Surge​
At this time, because of deteriorating public health conditions, the RTFC Guide has been revised.  Courts must review their current operations and make adjustments as called for by their local health conditions and the revisions outlined in the memo, including Phase LAOs.
11/12/2020
JIS Info Blog:  Beginning next month, JIS communications using traditional email will be phased out and replaced with the JIS Info Blog.  To continue receiving application and services updates, please sign-up for the Blog here​ where you will fill out your name, email, job function, and county. 
11/10/2020
Charging fees that are not authorized by statute or court rule for accessing court records is prohibited​, and any court charging such fees must immediately discontinue that practice.
11/6/2020
11/5/2020
If y​our court is accepting filings via e-mail​ in response to the pandemic and the Michgian Supreme Court's AO No. 2020-19, Michigan Legal Help would like to hear from you.
10/28/2020

Verification Regarding CDC Eviction Moratorium Declaration.  
State Court Administrator Boyd explains that DC 511 was revised​ in response to the amendment of Administrative Order No. 2020-17.​

10/27/2020

The State Court Administrative Office recently updated criteria for trial courts to require an LAO detailing jury trial safety measures to protect the public. These SCAO-approved LAOs are all posted here​ (currently for 160 court locations in 58 counties). The LAO does not mean jury trials are taking place but that the court has an approved plan to do so when conditions are appropriate.​

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
Summary
  
11/4/2020
​This MiFILE Document Management System (DMS​) document provides the courts an overview of the features and funcionality of the MiFILE DMS to use in their assessment in choosing a DMS for use with MiFILE

 


Education

  
Summary
  
10/27/2020
MJI Webinar:  Minimizing Elder Abuse: Identifying Possible Indicators and Best Practice Responses in Guardianship Proceedings​
Date and Time:  ​Tuesday, December 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


10/27/2020
MJI Webinar:  Family Division Proceedings Involving Older Adults​​
Date and time:  Thursday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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: 10/29/2020

    Revisions to forms FOC 14, FOC 84, FOC 86, FOC 90, and FOC 92
    ​The following forms have been revised:  FOC 14, FOC 84, FOC 86, FOC 90, and FOC 92.
  • Date Posted: 10/28/2020

    Revisions to DC 511
    ​The following form has been revised:  DC 511, Verification Regarding CDC Eviction Moratorium Declaration.
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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Family / Probate

  
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11/25/2020
11/6/2020
11/4/2020
FAQ 2020-04​ answers common questions and clarifies policy related to SCAO Administrative Memorandum 2019-05 - Implementing Friend of the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Plans.
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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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

  • MCrimJI-37.8, 37.8a, 37.8b, 37.9, 37.9a, 37.10, 37.11 and 37.11a adopted

    Effective Date: 12/1/2020

    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;

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: requires courts to allow a witness called by the prosecutor or defendant to appear at a preliminary examination as provided for by MCL 766.12

    Issued: 11/18/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would establish the manner of service on limited liability companies

    Issued: 11/18/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require transcripts of audio and video recordings intended to be introduced as an exhibit at trial to be transcribed

    Issued: 11/18/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would establish a procedure regarding the use of restraints on a juvenile in court proceedings

    Issued: 11/4/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would allow SCAO flexibility in protecting an individual’s personal identifying information and clarify when a court is and is not required to redact protected personal identifying information

    Issued: 10/28/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would ensure that all main officers move sequentially through the leadership roles of the Board of Commissioners

    Issued: 10/28/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would address the issue of a court’s recharacterization of a defendant’s motion for relief from judgment that is styled as something other than a motion for relief from judgment

    Issued: 10/28/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2021

    Public Hearing:

  • 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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