Civil Discovery Guidebook
The State Bar of Michigan has partnered with the Detroit Chapter of the Association of Certified e-Discovery Specialists and attorneys at Dickinson Wright and Warner Norcross + Judd to provide this guidebook on the new civil discovery rules, including analysis and practice tips. This guidebook will help ensure that all practitioners have the resources they need to be ready for the new discovery rules on January 1, 2020. A limited number of paper Guidebooks are available for $15 each (which includes taxes and shipping) for purchase.
Civil Discovery Guidebook
On-Demand Seminar: Prepare for Michigan’s Discovery Rule Changes
Available for free to all State Bar of Michigan members
The State Bar of Michigan is proud to partner with ICLE to provide a free On-Demand Seminar on the new civil discovery rules, featuring Judge Christopher Yates and Daniel Quick, two members of our Civil Discovery Court Rule Review Committee. To access the on-demand seminar, State Bar members should click the “buy now” tab, which will provide the option to buy the on-demand seminar for $0.
In addition, access a curated list of relevant resources and ICLE Partnership content at www.icle.org/updates/discovery.
New Civil Discovery Rules Webinar and Materials
Michigan Judicial Institute
Judge James Alexander, Judge Christopher Yates, and Daniel Quick highlight the important changes to the civil discovery rules and offer practical advice for case management and discovery issues.
Michigan’s New Discovery Rules
On Balance podcast hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk to Katie Hennessey, public policy counsel at the State Bar, about the drivers behind these amendments and the resources available to help lawyers get up to speed on the changes.
Civil Discovery Court Rule Review Special Committee Final Report
This report was submitted to the Michigan Supreme Court, along with the State Bar of Michigan’s rule proposal. This report explains the purpose and goals underlying many of the rule amendments.
Below are resources to gain a better understanding of discovery concepts borrowed from the federal rules and the problems with the discovery process under the old rules:
- Guidelines and Practices for Implementing The 2015 Discovery Amendments to Achieve Proportionality , Bolch Judicial Institute, Duke Law School (2d ed.)
- State by State Map, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, University of Denver (provides a visual representation of various pilot projects and rule reform efforts across the nation).
- Final Report on the Joint Project of the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (March 11, 2009) (discusses the role of discovery in litigation, analyzes the problems with discovery in courts, and makes recommendations to improve the system).
- Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All, Conference of Chief Justices (2016) (recommendations by the Civil Justice Improvements Committee to improve the civil legal process to make it more just, speedy, and inexpensive)
- The Landscape of Civil Litigation in State Courts, National Center for State Courts.