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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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7/1/2020
6/30/2020
Th​e List of State Civil Infractions​ was just updated.
6/29/2020
​Paragraph C.3. of the model LAO for Phase 3 Return to Full Capacity was edited because guidance on masks continues to change.
6/26/2020
MSC Administrative Order (No. 2020-19): Continuing Order Regarding Court Operations​

Note:  Affects AO Nos. 2020-2, 2020-7, 2020-9, and 2020-13​

6/25/2020
Conducting Remote Problem-Solving Court Hearings​
To help our PSCs and the population they serve, this memo compiles recommendations regarding remote technology and PSC hearings.
6/23/2020
The Michigan ​State Police (MSP) recently posted a $4.5 million Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) grant for eligible trial courts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic​.  Courts should review their individual eligibility and consider applying for the grant to offset COVID-19-related expenses.  All grant applications must be received by MSP at msp-cesf@michigan.gov no later than 12:00 p.m. EST on August 14, 2020.

8/14/2020
6/15/2020
6/12/2020
Guidance on Conducting Remote Hearings with Self-Represented Litigants​

This resource is intended to assist courts with self-represented litigants' participation in remote court hearings.  It includes ways that SRLs can resolve their case remotely and three steps courts can take to facilitate remote court hearings for SRLs.
(Updated June 12 to reflect that Washtenaw and Livingston Counties are now available to mediate by teleconference or Zoom)​​

6/9/2020
Return to Full Capacity Guide​ updated as the result of there no longer being out-of-state travel restrictions recommended in relevant public health guidance. ​
6/3/2020
With the upcoming end to the eviction moratorium at 11:59 p.m. on June 11, 2020, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Michigan want to ensure that all veterans at risk of becoming homeless are aware that the Homeless Program can assist.  If you encounter a veteran in your court who is facing eviction, please connect them with the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, 877-424-3838, for assistance.
5/29/2020
Public Right to Access Remote Hearings
MJI resources, including: Legal Analysis​ and Limiting Access to Criminal Proceedings Benchcard
5/28/2020
Authority for Court Closure​ includes links to authority for public access to courts and authority for court closures (full or limited).​
4/8/2020

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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7/6/2020
​MJI Training Opportunity:  Priority Treatment and New Procedure for Landlord/Tenant Cases​ Webinar     Date and time:  Thursday, July 9, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
6/16/2020
​MJI Training Opportunity:  Election Law and Procedure​
Date and time:  July 20, 1:30 p.m.
7/20/2020
6/11/2020
The DCAS I Basic Training is now available.  It was recorded into nine sequentially numbered videos and by training content.  This training is for newer users of DCAS (Drug Court Analy System) and those wanting a refresher on its basic use.  The recordings include how to navigate the DCAS pages, build simple and multivariable study groups, run simple descriptive statistics and interpret their output, and run performance measures on their program. ​

6/11/2020
The DCAS I Basic Training​ is recorded into nine sequentially numbered videos and by training content.  This training is for newer users of DCAS (Drug Court Analysis System) and those wanting a refresher on its basic use. The recordings include how to navigate the DCAS pages, build simple and multivariable study groups, run simple descriptive statistics and interpret their output, and run performance measures on their program. 

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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7/1/2020
For ease of access, SCAO has added PDF versions of the Michigan Reports (beginning with Volume 471) and the Michigan Appeals Reports (beginning with Volume 279) to the web at https://courts.michigan.gov/Courts/Pages/MI-Bound-Volumes.aspx. ​ 
7/1/2020
The Problem-Solving Court Model Multi-Party Consent to Release Information​ has been updated.
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.​

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: 7/6/2020

    Revisions to DC 504
    ​The following form has been revised:  DC 504, Verification of Compliance with CARES Act
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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Family / Probate

  
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7/1/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services, through the Children's Bureau has released a Letter regarding the Termination of Parent Rights and Adoption Assistance​
6/29/2020
Memo from Justice Elizabeth T. Clement concerning the National Juvenile Defender Center's report asessing access to and the quality of juvenile defense counsel in Michigan​.
6/12/2020
6/1/2020
FOC resources updated as the result of the Governor's Executive Order being extended:

 

 

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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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6/16/2020
​LARA will no longer be licensing courts, but there are requirements for staff who will be conducting screenings and assessments​ for their judges.

 

Criminal Jury Instructions - Proposals Published for Comment

  • 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 2.26, 3.1 and 3.6 adopted

    Effective Date: 6/1/2020

    Description: [AMENDED] M Crim JI 2.26 Maintaining an Open Mind; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.1 Duties of Judge and Jury; [AMENDED] M Crim JI 3.6 Witnesses—Credibility

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

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