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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
  
1/3/2020

In an effort to produce annual data packets sooner, the deadline for submitting and verifying 2019 caseload data has been moved up to January 31, 2020.  For assistance with caseload reporting, view this instructional video, these additional JIS-specific instructional videos, contact the MCAP HelpDesk, or contact your Regional Administrator. ​ 

12/19/2019
​Resources for judges regarding federal regulation regarding healthcare pricing transparency under 84 Fed. Reg. 65,524 (November 27, 2019), effective January 1, 2021.
12/19/2019
12/9/2019
​Please ensure complete court identification when reporting unsatisfied judgments (FR-24)​ to the Secretary of State.
12/9/2019
​This is a reminder to send or fax your abstract certification​ into Secretary of STate by January 28.
1/28/2020
12/5/20193/31/2020
12/5/2019
​Memo outlining the steps each trial court must take in January of 2020 to submit and verify 2019 caseload data​​ through the Caseload Reporting System (CRS).​
1/31/2020
12/4/2019
​The State Bar of Michigan issued P77777 to an attorney.  Courts should discontinue the practice of using P77777​ for classes of litigants, such as self-represented litigants.
11/21/2019
​This is a summary of all of the court rule amendments​ that will have the most impact on courts.  The rules became effective in September 2018, May 2019, and will become effective in January 2020 and January 2021.

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
Summary
  
12/19/2019
MiFILE communication regarding the MIFLE model court go-live​ ​on October 25th. Including filing statistics, filer resources, training opportunities and ways to learn more information about MiFILE.

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Education

  
Summary
  
1/16/2020
1/16/2020
Judicial Information Services is pleased to announce their next webinar where they will  be giving a LIVE tour of some of JIS's new products including web-TCS (a web-based version of the TCS Case Management System) and the MiCOURT Portal with Dashboard & Secure Case Search/ROA.  Click here to register for the New Product Offerings webinar on January 28, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.​
1/16/2020
Michigan Judicial Institute Seminiar Announcement:  Court Support Staff Certification Training​
Date:  Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Location:  Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing, Michigan
2/7/2020
1/3/2020
​New Online Training for Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem​ in Child Protective Proceedings

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
Summary
  
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: 1/15/2020

    Revisions to DC 225 and MC 200
    ​Dc 225 and MC 200 have been revised to accommodate revisions to MCR 6.101.
  • Date Posted: 1/10/2020

    Revisions to DC 102a, DC 102b, DC 102c, DC 102d
    ​DC 102a, DC 102b, DC 102c, and DC 102d have been updated to accommodate court rule changes in ADM File No. 2002-37, September 18, 2019.
  • Date Posted: 1/10/2020

    Creation/Revision of CC 320 and Revision to MC 29
    ​CC 320, Domestic Relations Verified Financial Information Form has been created and updated to version 1/20-Ver. 2, and MC 29, Notice of Intent to Destroy Disclosure and/or Discovery Materials was updated to accommodate changes to MCR 3.206 and MCR 2.316.
  • Date Posted: 1/2/2020

    ​Creation of SCAO 79​​
    ​The following form has been created: SCAO 79, Categories for Business Court Opinions
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
Summary
  
1/16/2020

​Proposed Michigan Court Forms Committee agenda items are published for a 45-day comment period.  Comments received on proposed agenda items will be posted daily.  Proposed agenda items and comments will remain posted until the relevant committee meeting is held.

 

Family / Probate

  
Summary
  
1/9/2020
​SCAO has developed this memorandum​ to help FOC offices follow proper procedures for inactivating and closing FOC cases.  The memo also lists considerations the FOC may want to review to determine whether inactivation or closure is appropriate.
12/19/2019
FAQ 2019-01 answers common questions and clarifies policy related to SCAO Administrative Memorandum 2019-05, Implementing Friend of the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Plans.  The FAQ also includes a link to the form on which a court can request that FOC ADR training and qualifications be waived.
12/16/2019
The FOCB will e-mail the 2019 SCAO 41 reports​ with MiCSES data to FOC directors in mid-January 2020.  FOC offices will be responsible for completing the non-MiCSES items of the 2019 SCAO 41 report and returning those reports to the FOCB by March 2, 2020.
3/2/2020
12/6/2019
​Reminder that FOC full-year grievance reports for 2019​ must be completed and sent to the Bureau electronically by January 27, 2020.
1/27/2020

 

 

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Civil Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

 

Civil Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days



Criminal / Traffic

  
Summary
  
12/19/2019
10/25/2019
Modifications have been made to the reporting instructions and SCAO 24 for Summary of Drug and Drunk Driving Report​.  Reports are due by March 31.
3/31/2020

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Amendments Adopted within the Past 60 Days

  • M Crim JI 3.8 as adopted

    Effective Date: 12/1/2019

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.8 Less Serious Crimes

  • M Crim JI 10.10, 10.10a, 10.10b and 10.10c as adopted

    Effective Date: 12/1/2019

    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

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • Description: would require counsel to be appointed to an indigent prisoner when an application for leave to appeal a grant of parole is filed by the prosecutor or victim

    Issued: 12/27/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 4/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

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

    Issued: 12/18/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 4/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would clarify the rule regarding preparation and filing of transcripts including that a court reporter or court recorder shall file their transcripts with a court when produced for a party or for the court

    Issued: 10/23/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would clarify that criminal defendants whose request for counsel due to indigency are denied are entitled to appeal that denial

    Issued: 10/23/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

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