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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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3/27/2020
P​lease find comprehensive information concerning the Judicial Branch's response to COVID-19 here​.
3/26/2020
​Memo from regional administrators concerning juvenile detention and probate temporary guardianships​.
3/26/2020
Memo from Thomas Boyd concerning Administrative Order 2020-2: what work must be done, can be done, and should be done​.
3/26/2020
3/25/20204/30/2020
3/25/2020
​MCAP opens on March 1, 2020 for each court to submit their 2019 jury statistics report by March 31, 2020.​  We highly recommend courts review the supplemental worksheet and the updated FAQs before submitted their jury statistics data.​  EXTENDED TO APRIL 30.
4/30/2020
3/25/2020
​SCAO extending reporting deadlines​ to either April 30 or May 31 for numerous reports.
5/31/2020
3/23/2020
Read the memo to chief judges concerning essential functions​ in light of Governor Whitmer's "stay home, stay safe" order.
3/12/2020
Message on Coronavirus from Chief Justice Bridget McCormack


Sent on behalf of the Governor’s Office:
Thank you for being a valuable partner in our efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Following the announcement of the state’s first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are providing recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of the virus. These recommendations apply at the individual, organizational, and community levels. They apply to businesses, workplaces, schools, community organizations, health care institutions, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and health profiles; everyone has an important role to play. Please take a moment to review the Interim Recommendations to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 (March 11, 2020). Information about this outbreak is changing rapidly. You can stay informed by regularly visiting Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.​

3/2/2020
2/19/2020
Amended​ MCR 8.115, effective May 1, 2020, permits electronic devices in courthouses and courtrooms​.  Model LAO 8 has been modified to reflect changes in the court rule that permit individuals to photograph documents.  This will require courts to resubmit this LAO to SCAO for approval no later than May 1, 2020.
5/1/2020
2/14/2020

The State Bar of Michigan is offering  a free poster that includes contact information for lawyers facing ethical and mental health issues.  This poster can be downloaded at:  https://www.michbar.org/file/generalinfo/ljap/pdfs/ethicsposter.pdf or print copies can be obtained by contacting Molly Ranns, State Bar of Michigan, at mranns@michbar.org​.

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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3/10/2020
The American Judges Association is proud to present a series of judicial education webinars for judges and court leaders.  
  • Understanding the Behavior of Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and Their Victims: What Judges Need to Know
    March 27 at 1:00 EDT
    Register here.
  • Procedural Fairness: What Every Judge & Court Leader Needs to Know
    April 20 at 1:00 EDT
    Register here.
  • Developing Issues with Standard Field Sobriety Tests in Impaired Driving Cases
    May 13 at 2:00 EDT
  • Register here.
2/27/2020
​MJI Seminar Announcement:  Regional Judicial Seminar​
Date:  May 6, 2020
Location:  The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Mich
4/17/2020
2/25/2020
High school students (entering grades 10-12 in fall 2020 and 2020 graduates) argue a case as if before the Supreme Court at Exploring Careers in the Law​, a program offered by the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center.
Date(s):  July 20-24
Location:  Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing
7/20/2020

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
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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.​

12/20/2019
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

  • Date Posted: 4/7/2020

    ​An amended tentative list of forms changes is available from the spring meetings of the Michigan Court Forms Committee.
  • Date Posted: 3/11/2020

    Revisions to SCAO 25a
    ​SCAO 25a, Annual Judicial Absence Report, has been updated to accommodate changes to MCR 8.110.
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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3/23/2020

​The State Court Administrative Office is accepting suggestions for revisions to SCAO-approved forms and suggestions for new forms for the fall workgroups listed below.  E-mail your suggestion to courtformsinfo@courts.mi.gov.  Please send your proposals no later than June 30, 2020:

  • Estates and Protected Individuals Code (Meeting 9/3/20)
  • Mental Health and Commitment (Meeting 9/10/20)
  • Child Protective Proceedings (Meeting 9/17/20)
  • Delinquency and Designated (Meeting 9/24/20)

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.

1/30/2020

Courts may accept the (6/17) version of DC 102a, DC 102b, DC 102c, and DC 102d until stock is depleted if no demand for jury is being made.​

1/27/2020

​"DC 102a, DC 102b, DC 102c, and DC 102d were revised in December 2019 and the translated versions are now available.

DC 102a-d zip file

 

Family / Probate

  
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3/30/2020

 

 

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3/23/2020
​Memo to advise courts of the Governor's Executive Order regarding evictions​​.

 

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

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • [NEW] M Crim JI 3.33 as adopted

    Effective Date: 3/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 3.33 Verdict Form for Open Murder

  • [NEW] M Crim JI 7.17 as adopted

    Effective Date: 3/1/2020

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

  • [NEW] M Crim JI 13.21, 13.22, 13.23, 13.24 and 13.25 as adopted

    Effective Date: 3/1/2020

    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; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.25 Possession of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance by a Prisoner

  • MCrimJI 35.11 as adopted

    Effective Date: 3/1/2020

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

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

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