July 3 - 9, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 27

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 7/10
7/12 Conference Committee on Judiciary Appropriations for FY 06-07
Members: Rep. Steil Jr.,Rep. Stewart,Sen. Cropsey,Sen. Hardiman,Rep. Cushingberry Jr.,Sen. Prusi
Agenda: SB 1091 (Prusi) Appropriations; judiciary; judiciary budget; provide for fiscal year 2006-2007.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

At the Bar
SBM Welcomes National Bar Association Convention to Detroit

Sections and Committees
The Appellate Practice Section submitted the following: Statement Regarding Proposed Fee Increases for the Court of Appeals.

State News
Ex-state Supreme Court Justice Dies at 81
(Lansing State Journal, 7/9/06)

Granholm Unveils Budget Deal
(Lansing State Journal, 7/1/06)


In the Hall of Justice
Proposed Amendments
2006-05 - Proposed Amendment of Rules 6.610, 6.625, and 7.103 of the Michigan Court Rules
The Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan unanimously approved a proposal, recommended by the Criminal Jurisprudence and Practice Committee, that the Court amend MCR 6.610 by adding a new subrule (I). The bar believes that is proposed language to the rule would ensure that the individuals who are convicted in district court are aware of their right to counsel pursuant to Halbert v Michigan, 545 US ____; 125 S Ct 2582; 162 L Ed 2d 552 (2005), and their right to appeal. The Court, however, instead is proposing amendments of the rule that would reflect alternative language.
Issued : July 5, 2006
Comment period expires: November 1, 2006
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

2004-48 - Proposed Amendment of Rules 8.103, 8.108, and 8.109 of the Michigan Court Rules
These changes would clarify that certified electronic operators do not have the authority to prepare transcripts. The amendments would also increase the late renewal fee to $100, and would remove references to approval by the state court administrator of recording devices, requiring instead that recording systems meet SCAO-approved standards.
Issued: July 6, 2006
Comment period expires: November 1, 2006
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

2003-21 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 9.207 of the Michigan Court Rules
Alternative A would allow a judge admonished by the Judicial Tenure Commission to request review of the admonishment by the Supreme Court. Alternative B would eliminate the ability of the Judicial Tenure Commission to dismiss a matter with a letter of explanation, caution, or admonishment, or recommend private censure.
Issued: July 5, 2006
Comment period expires: November 1, 2006
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

Links of Interest
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