Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
October 22–28, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 43

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate adjourned Wednesday, October 17. Both chambers will be in session Thursday, November 8 at 10 am.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Domestic Violence Exhibit Debuts at Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center

2012 Child Welfare Award Winners Announced Today

Rule Amendments
2011-25—Amendment of Rule 3.101 of the Michigan Court Rules (amendment makes the effective period for a periodic writ of garnishment 182 days regardless of the type of income to be garnished, to conform to recent statutory changes)
The amendments of MCR 3.101 are adopted to reflect recent statutory changes enacted in MCL 600.4012(1) in which the effective period for a periodic garnishment of wages, salary, and other earnings was extended from 91days to 182 days. The amendments of MCR 3.101(B) and (E) change the effective period for all periodic garnishments to 182 days. (The amendments do not limit the 182-day effective period to periodic garnishments that only involve wages, salary, and other earnings.)
Issued: October 24, 2012
Effective: Immediately (pending comments and public hearing)
Comment period expiration: February 1, 2013

Proposed Amendments
2012-18—Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.512 of the Michigan Court Rules (would require trial courts to use Model Criminal Jury Instructions)
The Court has determined that the function of adopting, amending, and repealing model criminal jury instructions should be structured similar to that for model civil jury instructions. As part of that structural change, the Court is considering an amendment that would require trial courts to use model jury instructions in criminal cases under the same circumstances in which they are used in civil cases, i.e., if the instructions are applicable, accurately state the applicable law, and are requested by a party.
Issued: October 24, 2012
Comment period expiration: February 1, 2013

2012-19—Proposed Amendments of Rules 3.913, 3.963, 3.965, and 3.974 of the Michigan Court Rules (would implement statutory changes regarding child protective proceedings)
The proposed changes of MCR 3.913, 3.963, 3.965, and 3.974 are intended to incorporate the statutory changes enacted in 2012 Public Act 163.
Issued: October 24, 2012
Comment period expiration: February 1, 2013

Other Actions
2004-04—Adoption of Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan for the 48th Circuit Court, the 57th District Court, and Allegan County Probate Court (Administrative Order No. 2012-4)
Issued: October 24, 2012
Effective: February 1, 2013

2012-29—Rescission of Rule 5.503 of the Local Court Rules of the Oakland County Probate Court
Issued: October 24, 2012
Effective: Immediately

At the Bar
July 2012 Bar Exam Admission Ceremonies

2012-2013 Membership Dues Information

State Bar of Michigan Requests Court Rule Codifying the Definition of the Practice of Law

Sections and Committees
The Prisons & Corrections Section submitted a Public Policy position report on HB 5804 Criminal procedure; defenses; statewide standards and accountability measures of trial level indigent criminal defense services; implement. Creates new act.

Federal News
Supreme Court to Consider Copyright, Resales
(Washington Post, 10/28/12)

State News
Term Limits Launching Political Careers, Free Press Analysis Shows
(Detroit Free Press, 10/28/12)
See also:
Most Term-Limited Michigan Officials Stay in Government or Lobbying
(Lansing State Journal, 10/28/12)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines