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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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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 and February of 2020 to submit and verify 2019 caseload data​​ through the Caseload Reporting System (CRS).
2/28/2020
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.
11/18/2019
​At this time of the year, it is difficult to deal with those who, with good intentions, try to give gifts or gratuities​ to judges and court staff.

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MiFILE (Statewide e-Filing Initiative)

  
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Education

  
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12/5/2019
M​JI Training Opportunity:  Regional Judicial Seminar​
Date and location:  January 14, Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing
Register by January 3, 2020
1/3/2020
11/21/2019
MJI Tr​aining Opportunity:  Friend of the Court Employee Seminar​
Dates and location:  January 22-24, Hall of Justice and Crowne Plaza Lansing West
Register by December 20, 2019
12/20/2019

 

 

 Reports and Publications

  
Summary
  
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: 12/3/2019

    ​2019 December Distribution

    ​Various forms (Delinquency, Probate, and Mental Health) were revised by the Michigan Court Forms Committee at its annual fall meetings.  The forms are available in ZIP files below and in the forms indexes.

     

    JC Forms ZIP    MC Forms ZIP     PC Forms ZIP    PCM Forms ZIP   

  • Date Posted: 12/2/2019

    Revision to MC 205
    ​MC 205, Finding and Order on Competency, has been updated.
 
 

Other Forms Information

  
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11/5/2019

​The State Court Administrative Office is accepting suggestions for revisions to SCAO-approved forms and suggestions for new forms for the spring workgroups listed below.  E-mail your suggestion to courtformsinfo@courts.mi.gov  Please send your proposal no later than December 31, 2019.

  • Adoption (Meeting 2/27/20)
  • Criminal (Meeting 3/5/20)
  • Civil (Meeting 3/12/20)
  • Domestic Relations (Meeting 3/19/20)

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

  
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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
11/21/2019

 

 

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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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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

  • M Crim JI 2.26, 3.1 and 3.6 for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 2/1/2020

    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

  • M Crim JI 3.33 and 16.24 proposal for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 3.33 Verdict Form (Open Murder); M Crim JI 16.24 Degrees of Murder (strikeout text)

  • M Crim JI 7.17 proposal for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 7.17 Use of Deadly Force in Defense of the Home

  • M Crim JI 13.21, 13.22, 13.23, 13.24 and 13.25 proposal for public comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 13.21 Bringing a Weapon into Jail; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.22 Furnishing a Weapon to a Prisoner; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.23 Possession of a Weapon by a Prisoner; [NEW] M Crim JI 13.24 Bringing Alcohol or a Controlled Substance into Jail

  • M Crim JI 35.11 proposal for comment

    Comment Period Expiration: 10/1/2019

    Description: [NEW] M Crim JI 35.11 Sale, Purchase, Installation, Transfer, or Possession of Automated Sales Suppression Device or Zapper, Phantom-Ware, or Skimming Device

 

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

  • M Crim JI 7.15, 7.16, 7.21 and 7.22 as adopted

    Effective Date: 11/1/2019

    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

 

 

Court Rules  

Adopted Proposals, Adopted Admin Orders, or Appointments

 

Proposed Rules or Amendments

  • 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:

  • Description: would allow a court to consider previously-decided claims in the context of a new claim for relief

    Issued: 9/18/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: requires the case inventory form filed in family division cases to be confidential

    Issued: 9/11/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would requirement for court to establish support for a finding that defendant is guilty of an offense charged [separate from the offense to which defendant is pleading guilty]

    Issued: 9/11/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing:

  • Description: would make the rule consistent with the statute [MCL 600.834] by allowing only the probate registers and deputy probate registers to perform certain administrative tasks that would otherwise be performed by the probate judge

    Issued: 9/11/2019

    Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/2020

    Public Hearing: