Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
September 29–October 5, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 40

In the Capitol
Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

At the Bar
Ed Pappas, SBM Delegation to Tour Upper Peninsula Oct. 13-15

In the Hall of Justice
New Michigan Supreme Court Term: Synopsis of October Cases

Rule Amendments
2006-09—Amendment of Rule 7.202 of the Michigan Court Rules
This amendment clarifies that motions for summary disposition that involve claims of governmental immunity based on MCR 2.116(C)(7) and (C)(10) that are denied are appealable by right in the Court of Appeals. This language addresses the jurisdictional issue that arose in the cases of Newton v Michigan State Police, 263 Mich App 251 (2004), and Walsh v Taylor, 263 Mich App 618 (2004).
Issued: September 30, 2008
Effective: January 1, 2009

2007-28—Amendment of Rule 3.901 of the Michigan Court Rules; Adoption of New Rule 3.930 of the Michigan Court Rules
These amendments allow the court to return or destroy exhibits within 56 days of the completion of the trial or hearing in a juvenile proceeding. In addition, the court must maintain confidential documents that are admitted as exhibits in accordance with MCR 3.903(A)(3).
Issued: September 30, 2008
Effective: January 1, 2009

2007-30—Amendment of Rule 2.107 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendments allow parties or attorneys to voluntarily agree to receive notices and other documents from the court by e-mail, similar to the current ability of parties to stipulate to serve one another by e-mail.
Issued: September 30, 2008
Effective: January 1, 2009

2008-20—Amendment of Rule 6 of the Rules for the Board of Law Examiners
The amendment of Rule 6 of the Rules for the Board of Law Examiners increases the fees for application for the bar examination from $300 to $340, and for reexamination from $200 to $240. The increase in fees allows for the implementation of the change in policy regarding grading Michigan bar examinations that is reflected in the attached notice.
Issued: September 30, 2008
Effective: September 30, 2008

2008-22—Amendment of Rules 3.903 and 3.920 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendments clarify that information regarding the identity or location of a foster parent, preadoptive parent, or relative caregiver is part of the confidential file and, therefore, a proof of service that includes identifying or location information regarding those parties must also be maintained in the confidential file. In addition, the amendments change references in the rule from Family Independence Agency to Department of Human Services.
Issued: September 30, 2008
Effective: January 1, 2009

Federal News
Justices Return to Work
(New York Times, 10/4/08)

State News
Officials Prep for Record Turnout
(Detroit News, 10/6/08)

Exonerated Man Lobbies for DNA Law
(Detroit News, 10/3/08)

Links of Interest
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