Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
August 4–10, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 32

FYI–August 5 Primary Results
The 2008 unofficial Michigan primary election results are available online.
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In the Capitol
The House of Representatives and the Senate are scheduled to be in session on August 13.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

At the Bar
SBM Young Lawyers Section Seeks Volunteers for Back-to-School Barbecue

Federal News
Politics in Judge Selection Criticized
(Washington Times, 8/11/08)

State News
Law Students to Work on Freeing Innocent Inmates
(Detroit Free Press, 8/10/08)

In the Hall of Justice
Administrative Orders
Administrative Order 2008-02—File No. 2005-19
Adoption of a Pilot Project to Study the Effects of the Jury Reform Proposal
The purposes of the pilot project are to determine whether, and in what way, the proposed jury-reform amendments support the goal of meaningful juror participation, and lead to greater confidence in the validity of the specific verdict and the overall jury system. In addition, the Court is interested in the effects of the proposed rules on court efficiency and the opinions of the attorneys and jurors who will operate under them. Courts that participate in the pilot project will operate under the following rules for the period of the pilot project, which will continue through December 31, 2010, or as otherwise ordered by the Court. At the Court's request, the participating courts will update the Court on the pilot program's status, and the judges' perceptions of the program's success. The Court anticipates that the pilot courts will apply these rules to the greatest extent possible as a way to test and assess all of the proposed ideas. The pilot project's success will be measured by the Court's evaluation of surveys that have been completed by the courts to determine the jurors', judges', and attorneys' responses to the various procedures being tested.
Issued: August 5, 2008
Effective: August 5, 2008

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