Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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September 26, 2016
Volume 14, Issue 39

In the Capitol

The House of Representatives and Senate have adjourned until the week of October 19th.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

Legislation Introduced 9/20–9/22
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

In the Hall of Justice

Mental Health Courts Statewide to Get More Than $4 Million in Grants

Judges Ulysses Boykin and Nanci Grant Named Champions of Justice; Awards Presented at State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting

More Than $10 Million in Grants Awarded to Michigan Drug and Sobriety Courts

Michigan Supreme Court Marks Anniversary of Order to Ensure Access to Courts for People with Disabilities

Rule Amendments

2013-39 – Amendment of MCR 6.112
The amendments of MCR 6.112 clarify the procedure for amending a notice of intent to seek an enhanced sentence by requiring such amendment to be approved by the court, and eliminate the provision that makes the harmless-error standard inapplicable when a notice of intent to seek an enhanced sentence is not filed timely.
Issued: 9/21/16
Effective: 1/1/17

2013-18 – Amendments of MCR 2.004, 3.705, 3.708, 3.904, 4.101, 4.201, 4.202, 4.304, 4.401, 5.140, 5.404, 5.738a (deleted), 6.006, and 6.901
These amendments permit courts to expand the use of videoconferencing technology in many court proceedings, and clarify the proceedings at which videoconferencing technology may be used.
Issued: 9/21/16
Effective: 1/1/17

Administrative Orders
2014-36 – Extension of Administrative Order No. 2015-9
Issued: 9/21/16
Effective: Immediately

Proposed Amendments
2014-29 – Proposed Amendment of MCR 2.602
The proposed amendments of MCR 2.602(B) would provide procedural rules regarding entry of consent judgments. This language was submitted by the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan.
Issued: 9/21/16
Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/17

2015-02 – Proposed Amendment of MCR 7.213
This proposal, submitted by the Michigan Court of Appeals, would make permanent the mediation pilot project that has been operating under authority of Administrative Order No. 2015-8 since October 2015. The proposed amendments have been adopted with immediate effect to enable the mediation program to continue during the comment period.
Issued: 9/21/16
Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/17

2016-24 – Proposed Amendment of MCR 9.115
The proposed amendment of MCR 9.115(F)(5) would clarify that a hearing panel shall be authorized to allow parties to submit an amended stipulation. If a hearing panel rejects an amended stipulation, the matter would be referred to a different hearing panel to conduct a hearing. This proposed language was submitted jointly by the Attorney Grievance Commission and Attorney Discipline Board.
Issued: 9/21/16
Comment Period Expiration: 1/1/17

2016-01 – Appointment to the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners
Issued: 9/21/16
Effective: Upon adjournment of the meeting of the outgoing Board of Commissioners

2016-01 – Appointments to the Attorney Grievance Commission
Issued: 9/21/16
Effective: 10/1/16

2016-01 – Assignment of Business Court Judge in the 14th Circuit Court (Muskegon County)
Issued: 9/21/16
Effective: 1/1/17

At the Bar

Fred K. Herrmann Sworn in as SBM Representative Assembly Chair

Lawrence P. Nolan Sworn in as State Bar President

Frequently Asked Questions about FAQs

Judicial Vacancy—Roscommon County Probate Court

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Legislature
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