Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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November 7, 2016
Volume 14, Issue 44

In the Capitol

Complete Committee Meeting List

In the Hall of Justice

Chief Judges Appointed in Wayne and Ottawa Counties

Forever Families Finalized During Michigan Adoption Day November 22

Statewide Child Welfare Award Recipients Announced

Rule Amendments
2013-18—Amendment of MCR 3.804
This amendment permits courts to use videoconferencing technology in adoption consent/release hearings.
Issued: 11/2/16
Effective: 1/1/17

Administrative Orders
2002-37—Adoption of Administrative Order No. 2016-3
Issued: 11/2/16
Effective: Immediately

Proposed Amendments
2015-11—Proposed Amendment of MRE 404
This proposed amendment would require the prosecution to provide reasonable notice of other acts evidence in writing or orally in open court.
Issued: 11/2/16
Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/17

2016-04—Proposed Amendment of MCR 8.126
The proposed amendment of MCR 8.126, submitted by the Michigan Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum, would waive fees and other requirements for out of state attorneys who seek temporary admission in Michigan. The exemption from certain requirements would apply only in cases in which the attorney desires to represent an Indian tribe intervening in a child custody proceeding.
Issued: 11/2/16
Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/17

2016-33—Proposed Amendments of MCR 3.216
The proposed amendments of MCR 3.216 would update the rule to be consistent with 2016 PA 93, which allows a court to order mediation if a protected party requests it and requires a mediator to screen for the presence of domestic violence throughout the process.
Issued: 11/2/16
Comment Period Expiration: 3/1/17

Appointments and Assignments
2016-01—Appointment of Chief Judge in the 20th Circuit Court (Ottawa County)
Issued: 11/2/16
Effective: Immediately

2016-01—Appointment of Chief Judge in the 31st District Court (Hamtramck)
Issued: 11/2/16
Effective: Immediately

2016-01—Assignment of Business Court Judge in the 17th Circuit Court (Kent County)
Issued: 11/2/16
Effective: Immediately

2016-01—Appointment of Retired Court of Appeals Judge to Assist the Court of Appeals in the matter of In re Bay County Clerk, Docket No. 331455
Issued: 11/2/16
Effective: Immediately

At the Bar

November 18 Board of Commissioners Public Policy Agenda
The Public Policy, Image and Identity Committee will be meeting on Friday, November 18, 2016 to make recommendations for the full Board of Commissioners on public policy items. The agenda can be found online. Members of the State Bar are invited to submit comments to Board of Commissioners on any of the items on the agenda.

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