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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
  
6/13/2019
Nomin​ating petitions were sent to judges on June 11, 2019, for the election of the district/municipal representative for the Judicial Tenure Commission. Petitions must be filed with SCAO before September 1, 2019.
9/1/2019
6/6/2019
Michigan's court system needs effective leadership to make sure that justice is fair and timely, court users receive superior service, and resources provided by taxpayers are managed effectively.  Chief judges provide that leadership.  The Michigan Supreme Court seeks qualified individuals to take on this challenge and continue our successful record of reform.  If you believe that you have the necessary skills and desire to serve as a chief judge, we encourage you to apply.​
9/2/2019
6/5/2019
Notification of annual court reporter, recorder, and operator certification renewal period​.
8/1/2019
6/3/20197/31/2019

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
Summary
  
6/13/2019
  • July 9, The Judicial Gatekeeper Function:  Frye and Daubert
  • July 18, Scientific Evidence
  • August 7, Forensic Pattern Evidence & Forensic Analytical Evidence
  • August 13, DNA
  • August 21, Civil Evidence
  • August 28, Criminal Evidence in Pre- and Post-Trial Procedures
  • September 5, Expert Evidence
  • September 26 Cyber Evidence,
6/12/2019
JIS ​Training Opportunity:  PCS Work with Restitution​
Date and time:  July 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Register by July 23, 2019
7/23/2019
6/10/2019
CW​S Training Opportunity:  Child Welfare Essentials & Reasonable Efforts Advocacy​
Date and location:  July 23, Schoolcraft College - VisTaTech Center, Livonia
6/10/2019
CWS​ Training Opportunity:  Child Welfare Essentials & Reasonable Efforts Advocacy​
Date and location:  July 11, Kirtland Community College, Grayling
6/10/2019
CWS Tra​ining Opportunity:  Child Welfare Essentials & Reasonable Efforts Advocacy​
Date and location:  July 9, Northern Michigan University, Marquette
5/31/2019
National Judicial College Training Opportunity:  Women and Impaired Driving Webinar
July 11 at noon
Click here​ to register.
5/31/2019
National Judicial College Training Opportunity:  Co-Occurring Disorders in Impaired Driving Cases Webinar
August 8 at noon
Click here​ to register.​
5/31/2019
National Judicial College Training Opportunity:  Drugged Driving Update Webinar
August 22 at noon
Click here​ to register.​
5/31/2019
National Judicial College Training Opportunity:  Identifying Masking Offenses Webinar
September 4 at noon
Click here​ to register.​
5/31/2019
National Judicial College Training Opportunity:  Ethical Issues in Impaired Driving Cases Webinar
September 11 at noon
Click here​ to register.​
5/31/2019
National Judicial College Training Opportunity:  Self-Represented Litigants in Traffic Court Webinar
October 10 at noon
Click here​ to register.​
5/22/2019
MJI Training Opportunity:  Magistrate Specialty Seminar​
Date and location:  July 25, Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing
Register by June 28, 2019
6/28/2019
5/22/2019
Date and location:  August 14, Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing
Register by July 26, 2019
7/26/2019
5/8/2019
Save the Date!
Date and location:  August 14, Odawa Casino Hotel, Petoskey
8/14/2019
4/25/2019
Save the Date!
Date and location: July 18 DoubleTree by HiltonHotel Bay City, Bay City
7/18/2019
4/23/2019
​MJI: Juvenile Probation Officer/Caseworker Certification Examination​​ held pursuant to Administrative Order 1985-5
Dates and locations:  July 26 in Lansing and August 2 in Gaylord
Register by July 12, 2019
7/12/2019
3/12/2019
High school students (entering grades 10-12 in fall 2019 and 2019 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, July 15-19 in Lansing.
7/15/2019

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
Summary
  
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: 6/5/2019

    ​2019 June Distribution

    ​Various forms (Adoption, Criminal, Civil, and Domestic Relations) were revised by the Michigan Court Forms Committee at its annual spring meetings.  The forms are available in ZIP files below and in the forms indexes.

     

    CC Forms ZIP     DC Forms ZIP     FOC Forms ZIP     MC Forms ZIP

 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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5/7/2019

​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, 2019.

  • Estates and Protected Individuals Code (Meeting 9/5/19)
  • Mental Health and Commitment (Meeting 9/12/19)
  • Child Protective Proceedings (Meeting 9/19/19)
  • Delinquency and Designated (Meeting 9/26/19)

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
  
5/22/2019
Contact information​​ to determine where your defendant may be on the IST wait list.  We were informed on May 13 that the average wait is about 150 days, but there are cases exceeding 300 days.  We are working with the IST Workgroup of the Diversion Council to develop more diversion opportunities to shrink the wait list.
4/24/2019
​MCL 552.524 requires the chief circuit judge to review the performance of the circuit court's friend of the court annually.  And annual statutory reviews​ are due August 1, 2019.
8/1/2019
3/22/2019
Mi​chigan Reunification Day​ at the Hall of Justice (June 20, 2019)

 

 

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Civil Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • MCJI 97.35 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 97.35 Statutory Grounds

  • MCJI 97.36 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 97.36 Definitions

  • MCJI 97.01 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/15/2019

    Description: M Civ JI 97.01 Preliminary Instructions to Prospective Jurors

  • MCJI 171.02 published for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 171.02 Mental Illness: Involuntary Treatment—Elements and Burden of Proof;

  • M Civ JI 143.01, 143.02, 143.03,... as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/15/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Civ JI 143.01 Commission—Defined; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.02 Principal—Defined; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.03 Sales Representative—Defined; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.10 Payment of Commissions Due At The Time of Contract Termination; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.11 Payment of Commissions That Become Due After Contract Termination; NEW] M Civ JI 143.12 When Commissions Become Due; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.20 Failure to Pay Commissions Due At Time of Termination; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.21 Failure to Pay Commissions Due After Termination; [NEW] M Civ JI 143.22 Actual Damages / Intentional Failure to Pay Commissions When Due;

  • M Civ JI 113.03 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 113.03 Trade or Commerce-Definition

  • M Civ JI 1.01, 2.06, 3.02 as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/15/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Civ JI 1.01 Introductory Comments; [AMENDED] M Civ JI 2.06 Jurors to Keep Open Minds; [AMENDED] M Civ JI 3.02 Facts to Be Determined from Evidence

  • M Civ JI _.__ Support Persons or Animals as Published for Comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/15/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Civ JI _.__ Support Persons or Animals

 

Civil Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days



Criminal / Traffic

  
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Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • 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

  • M Crim JI 7.15, 7.16, 7.21 and 7.22 for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    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; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 7.22 Use of Non-deadly Force in Self-Defense or Defense of Others

  • M Crim JI 15.18 for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/2019

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

  • M Crim JI 7.25 for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 5/1/2019

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

  • M Crim JI 11.38 and 11.38a for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 4/1/2019

    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 3.11 for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 4/1/2019

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

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • M Crim JI 3.28, 3.29, 3.30, 3.31 as adopted

    Effective Date: 7/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.28 Verdict Form (Multiple Counts); [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.29 Verdict Form (Insanity Defense; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.30 Verdict Form (Lesser Offenses); [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.31 Verdict Form (Insanity Defense with Lesser Offenses);

  • M Crim JI 33.1, 33.1a, 33.1b, 33.1c, 33.1d, 33.1e, 33.1f, 33.1g as adopted

    Effective Date: 7/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1 Possession or Sale of Animal for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1a Use of an Animal for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1b Exhibitions of Animal Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1c Breeding, Buying, or Selling Animal Trained for Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1d Possessing or Buying Equipment for Animal Fighting, Baiting, or Shooting; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1e Inciting Animal Used in Fighting to Attack a Person; [NEW] M Crim JI 331.f Owning Animal Trained for Fighting – Attacking a Person; [NEW] M Crim JI 33.1g Owning Animal Trained for Fighting - Unrestrained

  • MCrimJI-14.2a-for-adoption-NEW

    Effective Date: 6/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 14.2a Perjury - Record or Document Declaration

  • MCrimJI-20.38c-for-adoption-AMENDED

    Effective Date: 6/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 20.38c Child Sexually Abusive Activity - Possessing or Accessing

  • MCrimJI-27.1_and_MCrimJI-27.5-for-adoption

    Effective Date: 6/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 27.1 Embezzlement by Agent or Servant; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 27.5 Embezzlement of Mortgaged Property

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: would update and expand the rule slightly to include reference to a member’s email address

    Issued: 6/5/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would allow discovery in misdemeanor proceedings in the district court

    Issued: 6/5/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would explicitly allow the use of cellular phones, as well as prohibit certain uses, in a courthouse

    Issued: 5/15/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require a moving party to affirmatively state that he or she has sought concurrence in the relief sought on a specific date, and opposing counsel denied concurrence in the relief sought

    Issued: 5/15/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require trial courts to provide a copy of each court officer’s bond to SCAO along with the list of court officers

    Issued: 5/15/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would continue the process for design and implementation of the statewide electronic-filing system

    Issued: 5/15/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would require 50 percent of unclaimed class action funds be disbursed to the Michigan State Bar Foundation or other distribution as deemed appropriate by the court

    Issued: 5/10/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would enable a defendant to show actual prejudice in a motion for relief for judgment under certain circumstances

    Issued: 5/1/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 9/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would provide procedural rules to incorporate the Summary Support and Paternity Act [366 PA 2014; MCL 722.1491, et seq.] to establish a parent’s paternity or support obligation through a summary action

    Issued: 4/22/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would address a lawyer’s obligation to maintain competence in relevant technology and ensure reasonable efforts to maintain confidentiality of documents

    Issued: 4/22/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would be consistent with the current practice of appointment of counsel, which is now governed by statute and regulated through the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

    Issued: 4/18/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would clarify that writs of coram nobis, coram vobis, audita querela, and bills of review and bills in the nature of a bill of review are abolished

    Issued: 4/18/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: regarding the chief judge selection process and judicial vacation leave practices

    Issued: 4/3/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 8/1/2019

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would eliminate the requirement for courts to maintain and submit information to SCAO about the costs expended in providing appointed counsel

    Issued: 3/20/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 7/1/2019

    Public Hearing: