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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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5/5/2021
The Return to Full Capacity Guide​​​​​​​​, Model LAO 50:  Plan to Return to Full Capacity - Phase Two - Forward , and Model LAO 50:  Plan to Return to Full Capacity - Phase Three - Forward​ were all updated May 5, 2021.
5/4/2021
Frequently Asked Questions​ regarding the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration - Legislative Analysis
5/4/2021
​FY 2022 Problem-Solving Courts and Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program grant applications are now OPEN in WebGrants.  All applications are due by June 30, 2021.  Planning and operational courts will complete the same application.  Certification applications will not be required at this time.  (See attached memorandum​ from Andrew Smith, Problem-Solving Courts Manager.) 

6/30/2021
5/3/2021
4/28/2021
The ​procedures outlined in this memo​ apply to any lawsuit pertaining to an election related matter regardless of whether it is filed before, on, or after May 4, 2021.
4/26/20215/31/2021
4/21/2021
M​emo regarding New Sobriety Court Responses and Description and Other Updates​ from Michigan Department of State Court Liaisons David Handor and Melissa Noll
4/5/2021
The circuit court fee schedule​ was updated.​
4/1/2021
On March 31, the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) released two publications on incorporating social workers into public defense.  As use of social workers expands in defender offices across the state, MIDC requested the reports be shared. Courts may be interested in learning more about the role of social workers with respect to pretrial and sentencing advocacy.  The two publications, a report and a manual, can be accessed here​.

3/29/2021
New legislation may impact programming in the case management systems​.  JIS is developing program changes to meet the requirements of the new laws and will provide further communication regarding same.  All non-JIS courts should review the legislation and check with their vendors concerning changes that must be made to accommodate the new legislation.

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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5/5/2021
​Thank you to the courts that submitted their completed Statewide MiFILE Survey.  Further guidance will be available shortly.  MiFILE will be sending out an updated survey link to courts that have yet to respond.  We ask these courts to complete the survey at their earliest convenience.  If you have any questions, please visit the MiFILE website, MiFILE Court and Clerk Information (michigan.gov), or contact the MiFILE team at MiFILECourtHelp@courts.mi.gov.​

 


Education

  
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4/20/2021
MJI Family Division Referee Webinar ​- May 26 for juvenile division referees and May 27 for domestic relations referees
4/20/2021
4/8/2021
Justitia, the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center Educator Newsletter- Events for students including Law Day Zoom field trip May 3, an interactive virtual field trip of the Judicial Branch Overview and Symbols of the Judicial Branch April 15, and Jury Service: A Responsibility of Citizens.

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
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4/8/2021
12/11/2020
Highlights of the 2019 Community Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP)​, in compliance with 1988 PA 260.  This program was created to provide Michigan citizens with collaborative, problem-solving alternatives to the traditional adjudication of disputes in court.
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: 5/4/2021

    Revisions to DC 508
    ​This form was revised to remove duplicate items and improve usability.
  • Date Posted: 4/29/2021

    Revisions to MC 316 and PC 608
    ​These forms were updated to meet the requirements of MCR 2.226. Former MC 316 was split into MC 316v and MC 316j.  Form PC 608 was also split into PC 608p and PC 608o.
  • Date Posted: 4/27/2021

    Revisions to DC 104
    ​DC 104, Summons, Landlord-Tenant/Land Contract, has been revised to accomodate changes required by ADM Order 2019-41, dated January 20, 2021. In addition, formatting changes have been made to comply with MiFILE requirements.
  • Date Posted: 4/27/2021

    Revisions to JC 57
    ​JC 57, Supplemental Order of Disposition (Delinquency Proceedings), has been revised pursuant to 2020 PA 389, and proposed MCR 3.974. Other revisions were made to accommodate use in e-Filing.
  • Date Posted: 4/16/2021

    Revisions to JC 15, JC 19, and JC 76
    ​These forms were revised pursuant to 2020 PA 8 and proposed MCR 3.966(D), MCR 3.975, and MCR 3.976. JC 15 was split into JC 15m and JC 15a, and JC 15o was created.
  • Date Posted: 4/12/2021

    Revisions to JC 81, JC 84, and JC 85
    ​These forms were revised to accommodate changes in the appeals process under ADM 2015-21, dated 9/23/20. Additional changes were made, including formatting changes to accommodate the MiFILE system, adding "Judge" to the header per MCR 1.109, adjusting penalty of perjury language, and adjusting the notary section under MCL 55.287 and for usability. Additionally, date of birth was removed.
  • Date Posted: 4/12/2021

    Revisions to JC 49
    ​JC 49, Order of Adjudication (Child Protective Proceedings), was revised per MCL 712A.2(b)(2).
  • Date Posted: 4/12/2021

    Revisions to CC 404
    ​CC 404, Notice to Prisoner on Application for Leave to Appeal Decision of Parole Board, was revised per MCR 7.118(D)(3)(b)(i) and to accommodate MiFILE.
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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Family / Probate

  
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4/29/2021
​MCL 552.524 requires the chief circuit judge to review the performance of the circuit court's friend of the court annually.  The friend of the court Annual Statutory Review are due August 2, 2021.​
8/2/2021
4/22/2021
​This document provides information to court staff regarding potential impacts of the American Rescue Plan Act on child support​.
4/20/2021
​​New Federal Disability Rights Protections and Individuals in Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder (child welfare system) video series​.
4/8/2021
Child Support Specialty Establishment Guide is a step-by-step guide to help courts design and implement child support specialty dockets 
1/28/2021
Memo and FAQ​​ with respect to Clean Slate for Kids provide a summary of newly enacted legislation and initial guidance to assist with implementation of the necessary procedural changes.
(Updated 3/23/21)​

 

 

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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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5/4/2021
​Memo highlighting changes to the CJIS Administrative Rules​ having the most significant impact on courts.

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • [NEW CHAPTER] MCrimJI-40.1-40.2-40.3-as-adopted

    Effective Date: 6/1/2021

    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

  • [AMENDED] M Crim JI 33.1a Use of an Animal for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting

    Effective Date: 6/1/2021

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 33.1a Use of an Animal for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting

  • [AMENDED] M Crim JI 17.2a Domestic Assault / Aggravated Domestic Assault

    Effective Date: 6/1/2021

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 17.2a Domestic Assault / Aggravated Domestic Assault

  • [NEW] M Crim JI 5.15 Interpreter

    Effective Date: 6/1/2021

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 5.15 Interpreter

  • M Crim JI 39.7 and M Crim JI 39.7a as adopted

    Effective Date: 5/1/2021

    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

  • Notice-of-Renumbering-Some-Chapter-11-Instructions-Weapons-to-Chapter-39-Explosives-and-Harmful-Substances

    Effective Date: 5/1/2021

    Description: Change in Numbering M Crim JI 11.39 (Explosives – sending) becomes M Crim JI 39.1 M Crim JI 11.39a (Explosives – placing) becomes M Crim JI 39.1a M Crim JI 11.39b (Explosives – false bomb) becomes M Crim JI 39.1b M Crim JI 11.40 (Harmful substances – unlawful acts) becomes M Crim JI 39.2 M Crim JI 11.40a (Harmful substances – false statement of exposure) becomes M Crim JI 39.2a M Crim JI 11.40b (Imitation harmful substance or device) becomes M Crim JI 39.2b M Crim JI 11.41 (Chemical irritants – unlawful acts) becomes M Crim JI 39.3 M Crim JI 11.42 (Offensive or injurious substances – placement with intent to injure) becomes M Crim JI 39.4 M Crim JI 11.42a (Offensive or injurious substances – placement with intent to annoy) becomes M Crim JI 39.4a M Crim JI 11.43 (Carrying or Possessing Explosive or Combustible Substances with Intent to Damage Property or to Frighten, Injure, or Kill a Person) becomes M Crim JI 39.5 M Crim JI 11.43a (Possessing Explosive Substance or Device in a Public Place) becomes M Crim JI 39.5a M Crim JI 11.44 (Manufacturing, Buying, Selling, Furnishing, or Possessing Molotov Cocktails) becomes M Crim JI 39.6 M Crim JI 11.44a (Manufacturing, Buying, Selling, Furnishing, or Possessing an Incendiary Explosive Device with Intent to Damage Property or to Frighten, Injure, or Kill a Person) becomes M Crim JI 39.6a

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

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