Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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July 25, 2016
Volume 14, Issue 30

In the Capitol

The House of Representatives and Senate have adjourned for summer break. Tentative session days have been scheduled for August 3rd in both chambers.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

In the Hall of Justice

New Rules for Sign Language Interpreters to Affect all Courts, Hospitals, Law and Medical Offices in Michigan

At the Bar

The Board of Commissioners met on July 22, 2016 at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following public policy positions:

ADM File No. 2013-18 - Proposed Amendments of Rules 2.004, 3.705, 3.708, 3.804, 3.904, 4.101, 4.201, 4.202, 4.304, 4.401, 5.119, 5.140, 5.402, 5.404, 5.738a, 6.006, and 6.901 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendments of MCR 2.004, 3.705, 3.708, 3.804, 3.904, 4.101, 4.201, 4.202, 4.304, 4.401, 5.119, 5.140, 5.402, 5.404, 5.738a, 6.006, and 6.901 would permit courts to expand the use of videoconferencing technology in many court proceedings.
SBM Position:

  • Support the amendments to MCR 2.004, 3.705, 3.708(D)(7), 3.708(I), 3.804(B)(3), 4.101, 4.201, 4.202, 4.304, 4.401, 5.119(1) and (2), 5.140(A) and (B), MCR 5.404(B)(1).
  • Support the proposed amendments to MCR 3.708(H)(2) with the removal of the last sentence.
  • Support MCR 3.904(A) Alternative B, 3.904(A)(1) Alternative B, 3.904(A)(2) Alternative B, 3.904(A)(2) Alternative B. This support is conditioned upon the juvenile having the exclusive right to object to the use of video conferencing proceedings at the initial post-adjudication dispositional hearing.
  • Support MCR 3.904(B)(1)(2) Alternative B, 3.904(B)(2)(b) Alternative B, 3.904(B)(2)(b) Alternative B. This support conditioned on the understanding that only the respondents may make an objection to videoconferencing at the jurisdictional hearing and termination phase and any objection to videoconferencing post-jurisdictional and pre-termination must have a reason stated.
  • Oppose the proposed amendments to MCR 5.738a, 5.402(F), 6.006(D), and 6.901.
  • Support proposed Alternative A to MCR 6.006(C)(2), and suggest an amendment to change "two-way interactive video technology" to "video-conferencing."

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Legislature
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