Justice Initiatives Committee

Jurisdiction: Develop and recommend proposals for the effective delivery of high quality legal services in Michigan, equal and fair to all. This committee consists of several initiatives whose activities include

  • Analyzing and making recommendations for positions on proposed legislation, court rules, and other policies relevant to the committee's jurisdiction.
  • Developing policies and programs to benefit underserved populations, including juveniles and those with special needs.
  • Encouraging and coordinating free or discounted civil legal services.
  • Working to increase resources for civil legal aid programs.
  • Examining collateral civil consequences of criminal convictions and issues of adequate representation in the criminal justice system
  • Recommend recipients of the John W. Cummiskey Award
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  • 2016-2017 Committee List
  • Organizational Chart
  • Initiative Rosters

Initiatives

The State Bar of Michigan supports many justice initiatives that help make available high-quality civil legal services to all Michigan citizens, assuring that the justice system is strong, equal, and fair in its application.

The Committee on Justice Initiatives organized into 4 major areas:

Criminal Issues Initiative—examines collateral civil consequences of criminal convictions and representational issues in the criminal justice system.

Equal Access Initiative—develops policies and programs to benefit underserved populations, including those with special needs, cognitive disabilities, and juveniles.

Justice Policy Initiative—analyzes and recommends positions on proposed legislation, court rules, and other policies relevant to the Justice Initiatives.

Pro Bono Initiative—encourages and coordinates free or discounted fees for civil legal services. Pro bono service is a way that Michigan attorneys assist low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.

 

Reports

Best Practices for Language Access in Michigan Courts

An Assessment of Pro Bono in Michigan—February 2013 Report

Implementing Crossroads: A Proposal for Evaluating Ability to Pay Fees, Fines, and Costs by the Michigan State Planning Body for the Delivery of Legal Services to the Poor

Judicial Crossroads Task Force Report of the Access to Justice Committee

Documenting the Justice Gap in Michigan

"Blueprint for Justice"

Justice Initiatives Summit Report

Annual Reports

Public Policy Reports

Justice Initiatives Committee

  • 2009-2010 Legislative Session

    HB5995 Destruction of Juvenile Fingerprint Records
    HB5468 Electronic Signature
    HB5518 Eviction Summons
    SB0960 Notaries Public
  • 2007-2008 Legislative Session

    HB4406 English as Official State Language
    HB4501 Increase Costs and Fees
    HB4525 Corrections Identification Card
    HB4753 Correction of Inaccurate Items in Consumer Credit Reports
    HB4755 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4859 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4931 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4932 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4933 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4934 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB5213 Record Expungement for Certain Offenders
    HB5534 Forged Deeds
  • 2005-2006 Legislative Session

    HB5625 Allows Real Estate Agents to Represent Landlords in Small Claims Court in Security Deposit Disputes Under Certain Circumstances
    HB4006 Creates Act Establishing Bad Check Program
    HB4160 Revises Limitation on Recovery Amount Allowed in Small Claims Suits
    HB4629 Requires Payment of Prosecution Costs in Certain Circumstances
    HB4732 Allows Property Managers and Other Non-Lawyers to Represent Certain Businesses in Eviction Proceedings
    HB4796 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    HB4797 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    HB4799 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    HB4800 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    HB4851 Revises Age Under Which Court has Jurisdiction
    HB5337 Provides for Waiver from "Administrative Hearings" While Deployed or Serving on Active Duty
    SB0060 Adds Incapacitated Parent as Basis for Custody Action by Third Person
    SB0113 Revises Jury Service and Provides for Lengthy Trial Fund
    SB0542 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    SB0543 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    SB0544 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    SB0545 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    SB0815 Allows Property Managers and Other Nonlawyers to Represent Businesses in Certain Eviction Proceedings

2013-18—Proposed New MCR 2E.001 et seq. & Draft Standards for e-Filing

2012-03—Proposed Adoption of MRC 1.111 & 8.127

Statewide Links for Michigan Legal Services Providers

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