January 3, 2005 - January 9, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 1

Due to the holiday, next week’s Public Policy Update will be published on January 18, 2005.

In the Capitol
2005 House Session Schedule

2005 Senate Session Schedule

Capitol Agenda
(Detroit News, 1/8/05)


Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Clifford W. Taylor is New Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court
(Michigan Supreme Court, 1/6/05)

Eminent Domain Case to be Heard by Supreme Court Next Week
(Michigan Supreme Court, 1/7/05)

Rule Amendments
2004-22 - Amendment of Rule 7.201 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendment of MCR 7.201(B)(2) replaces the reference to Southfield with a reference to Troy. This amendment corresponds with the Court of Appeals November 29, 2004, relocation of its Southfield office to Troy.
Issued: January 4, 2005
Effective: January 4, 2005

Proposed Amendments
2004-13 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.504 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendment of MCR 2.504(A) would clarify that any second voluntary dismissal pursuant to subrule (A)(1) constitutes an adjudication on the merits, even where the plaintiff obtains a court order finalizing the dismissal and whether or not the plaintiff is ordered to pay costs.
Issued: December 21, 2004
Comment period expires: April 1, 2005
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

Other Actions
2001-01 - Appointment of Chief Judge of the Ionia County Probate Court
On order of the Court, pursuant to MCR 8.110, the Honorable Robert Sykes, r. is appointed chief judge of the Ionia Probate Court, effective January 1, 2005, for the unexpired portion of a term of two years, which commenced January 1, 2004.
Issued: December 21, 2004

At the Bar
Sections and Committees
The General Practice Section submitted a public policy report stating its support for ADM File No. 2004-53 - Amendment of Rules 9.124 and 9.126 of the Michigan Court Rules.

Federal News
Bush Campaigns to Curb Lawsuits
(washingtonpost.com, 1/5/05)

Electric Case Filing is Coming to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

State News
Mescosta/Osceola County Circuit Court Vacancy
(State Bar of Michigan, 1/3/05)

Michigan Drug Law Restricts Liability
(Lansing State Journal, 1/3/05)

New Chief Justice sees Little Change in Philosophy of State's Highest Court
(Detroit News, 1/7/05)

New Legislators Face Old Issues
(Lansing State Journal, 1/8/05)

Supreme Court to Consider Challenge in Michigan Case About Poor Defendants "
(Detroit News, 1/8/05)

Hummel has Frugality in Mind for '05 State Budget
(Lansing State Journal, 1/9/05)

Budget Cuts Top Agenda in Lansing
(Detroit News, 1/10/05)

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