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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.

 

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General and Administrative Matters 

  
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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

9/10/2020
9/10/2020
​Executive Order 2020-173 extends the relaxation of notary requirements and allows for remote notarization​ thorugh September 30, 2020.
9/10/2020
9/10/2020
The​ Centers for Disease Control issued an order temporarily halting evictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.  SCAO prepared FAQs to help district court judges and administrators respond to the order.  Additional information is available at Michigan Legal Help, including a DIY toolkit to help defendants sign the declaration covered persons must present to landlords.
9/3/2020
​The State Court Administrative Office has prepared FAQs ​to help district court judges and administrators respond to the CDC Order Temporarily Halting Evictions
9/2/2020
Memo to Courts - CDC Halts Evictions​
​The CDC halted evictions country-wide September 1st.  This is emergency information for the courts.  
9/1/2020
Adjournment Request in Landlord-Tenant Cases​
SCA Tom Boyd addresses questions about the adjournment of landlord-tenant cases

9/1/2020
Return to Full Capacity -- Continued Use of Remote Hearings​
In this memo, State Court Administrator Tom Boyd highlights a critical point from both Administrative Order No. 2014-14 and the Return to Full Capacity: COVID-19 Guidelines -- that full capacity is premised on continued use of remote access tools (like Zoom) and that courts are expected to increase their capacity to conduct business online.
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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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9/9/2020
MJI/FOCB ​Training Opportunity:  Fathers on Child Support: "I Matter Too"​
Date and time:  September 24 at 9:00
9/9/2020
MJI Training Opportunity:  Verbal Diffusion and Violence De-escalation ​Webinar
Date and time:  September 25 at 11:00​​​
8/25/2020
8/19/2020
MJI​ Training Opportunity:  Basic Interviewing, Counseling, and Communication Techniques Webinar​
Dates:  September 9, 16, 23, and 30, and October 7, 9:00-11:00
Registrants must attend all sessions.

 

 

 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: 9/14/2020

    Revisions to SCAO 17 and SCAO 25a
    ​SCAO 17, Financial Report, and SCAO 25a, Annual Judicial Absence Report, were modified to update Regional contact information.
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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Family / Probate

  
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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.​
9/8/2020
FOCB FAQ 2020-03​​ answers common questions and clarifies policy related to the administrative memorandum on Friend of the Court Case Closure dated January 21, 2020.
8/24/2020
​This FAQ answers common questions and clarifies policy related to Administrative Memorandum 2019-01​: Friend of the Court Guidelines for Determining, Changing, or Suppressing Addresses of Parties and Nonparties dated January 15, 2019.
8/17/2020
The​ Summer Pundit​ is now available.
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

  • 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 17.37 as adopted

    Effective Date: 8/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 17.37 Hazing

  • MCrimJI 35.1a as adopted

    Effective Date: 8/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 35.1a Malicious Use of Telecommunications Service

  • M Crim JI 38.1, 38.4 and 38.4a as adopted

    Effective Date: 8/1/2020

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 38.1 Committing an Act of Terrorism; [NEW] M Crim JI 38.4 Making a Terrorist Threat; [NEW] M Crim JI 38.4a Communicating a False Report of Terrorism

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • 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

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  • 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:

  • Description: would provide a timeframe for a responsive pleading when a motion for more definite statement is denied

    Issued: 6/10/2020

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

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