Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 31-April 6, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 14

In the Capitol
The Michigan Senate is on spring recess the weeks of March 31 and April 7.
View Senate Session Schedule

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 4/7
4/9 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5900 Provide time off from work to attend certain court proceedings to victims of felonies; HB 5901 Provide time off from work to attend certain court proceedings to victims of serious misdemeanors; HB 5902 Provide time off from work to attend certain court proceedings to victims of juvenile offenders; HB 5277 Require reporting discovery of a dead body; HB 5278 Establish sentencing guidelines for crime of failure to immediately report the death of another or a dead body; HB 5060 Eliminate provisions in the RJA regarding affidavit of person residing in another state or country.   
State Bar of Michigan Position on HB 5060: Support
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee Position on HB 5060: Support

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Widow's Right to Dower Challenged as Unconstitutional; Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Case in Arguments

2007 Annual Report of State Judiciary Released

Proposed Amendments
2007-28 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 3.901 of the Michigan Court Rules
Proposed Adoption of New Rule 3.930 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposal would allow the court to return or destroy exhibits within 56 days of the completion of the trial or hearing. In addition, the admission of an exhibit into evidence would not change the confidential nature of that exhibit, and the court would be required to maintain confidential exhibits in accordance with MCR 3.903(A)(3). 
Issued: April 1, 2008
Comment period expires: August 1, 2008
Public hearing: To be scheduled

At The Bar
The State Bar of Michigan’s Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee will meet on Thursday, April 10 and the Board of Commissioners will meet on Friday, April 11. The Representative Assembly will meet on Saturday, April 12. For more information, please contact

Request for Proposal for Consulting Services, Senior Lawyer Section Planning Work Group

Bench and Bar Seminar to Address Bankruptcy Court Rule Changes

State News
Michigan Democrats won't Redo Primary
(Detroit News, 4/4/08)

Legislation Would Allow Compensation for Wrongfully Convicted
(, 3/30/08)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines