meetings of interest for the week of 5/30.
5338 Revise procedure for affidavit of merit for medical malpractice;
5905 Allow retroactive effect of amended affidavit of meritorious
defense in medical malpractice action only with showing of good cause;
5311 Prohibit introduction of evidence of an expression of sympathy
as an admission of liability in a civil action; HB
5949 Revise to child parenting reference to child custody in the child
custody act of 1970.
Law Section Position:
Support HB 5338 and HB 5905
5494 Create law enforcement memorial monument; SB
1244 Allow appointment of a personal representative for disposition
of a body when decedent has no assets or no known family members; SB
1261 Eliminate state court administrative office from development
of report prepared by automobile theft prevention authority; SB
1262 Revise to "the appropriate court" reference to "state
court administrative office" (mental health code); SB
1263 Eliminate requirement to establish paper quality and durability
standards for arrest warrants.
Pending Referral: HB
5928 Provide for referral to drug treatment court for certain persons
eligible for deferred sentence and dismissal of charge; HB
5932 Allow for reporting of certain dispositions of drug treatment
court that do not result in convictions; HB
5647 Include participation in drug treatment court in conditions of
5674 Include references to drug treatment courts in sentencing procedures;
5716 Allow commitment of juvenile to drug treatment court.
Support in principle HB 5928, HB 5932, HB 5647, HB 5674 and HB 5716.
The State Bar of Michigan supports the institutionalization and availability
of drug treatment courts.
House Criminal Justice
Update from the Michigan Department of Corrections; HB
5842 Eliminate requirement for prosecution to show proof that a driver
of a fleeing vehicle has knowledge of injuries; HB
5846 Extend to 14 days notification period to surety for defendants
failure to appear.
Committee Meeting List
(Detroit News, 5/29/04)
Introduced 5/25– 5/27
5949 Children; custody; reference to "child
custody" in the child custody act of 1970; revise to "child
1261 Insurance; no-fault; report prepared by automobile
theft prevention authority; eliminate state court administrative office
from development of report.
1263 Criminal procedure; warrants; requirement to establish paper
quality and durability standards for arrest warrants; eliminate.
the Hall of Justice
Michigan Supreme Court held a Public Administrative Hearing on May 27,
Support Information for Military Offered by Court Agency Web Page
Support Leadership Council Members Named by Michigan Supreme Court
Bar Seeking to Fill Committee Vacancies
Successful in Privacy Statute Lawsuit Against FTC
The Senior Lawyers Section submitted the following
File No. 2004-16 Proposed Amendment of Rules 3 & 4 of the Rules Concerning
the State Bar of Michigan
Support the proposed rule change creating an emeritus status for State
Bar membership, and request adoption by the Michigan Supreme Court of
Court Orders Up Wine Case in Dispute Involving Internet, Phone Sales
(Traverse City Record Eagle, 5/24/04)
Rules in Ala. Inmate's Favor
(Washington Post, 5/24/04)
Police Can Search
to Be Examined
(Washington Post, 5/25/04)
Ruling Upholds Oregon
Law Authorizing Assisted Suicide
(New York Times, 5/27/04)
Decades Waiting and
Not a Day to Spare for Veterans at World War II Memorial
(New York Times, 5/29/04)
Cigarette Tax Boost
is Now Up to Senate
(Detroit Free Press, 5/27/04)