New Civil Discovery Rules Effective January 1, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court recently adopted comprehensive amendments to Michigan’s civil discovery rules. These rules were developed by the State Bar of Michigan’s Civil Discovery Court Rule Review Committee. The rules had not been holistically revised in 35 years, and these amendments represent a significant change in pretrial civil litigation procedures, with the goal of making discovery more efficient and less burdensome, increasing everyone’s access to our courts to resolve their civil legal dispute in a cost-effective manner.

This package of rule changes represents the most comprehensive effort to improve civil discovery rules in at least a generation. The Court is grateful to the State Bar for its hard work to update and streamline discovery, to make it more efficient and effective for the public.” – Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack

The New Civil Discovery Rules will be effective on January 1, 2020. To prepare practitioners for this change, the State Bar of Michigan is posting educational resources and events.


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.


The New Civil Discovery Rules

By Daniel D. Quick

Read the September Bar JournalMichigan Bar Journal—September 2019

In the September issue of the Michigan Bar Journal, author Dan Quick describes how the new civil discovery rules "signal a paradigm shift in how civil litigation will be conducted in Michigan Courts."


Civil Discovery Guidebook
Coming in September

The State Bar of Michigan is excited to be partnering with the ACEDS Detroit, Dickinson Wright, and Warner Norcross to provide a free 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.


Civil Discovery On-Demand Seminar
Coming in October

The State Bar of Michigan is proud to be partnering 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. In addition to this On-Demand Seminar, ICLE will be providing various opportunities to learn about the new civil discovery court rules. A link to other ICLE resources will be provided soon.


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.


Background Materials

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:


Calendar of Events

Discovery Rules Evening Forum

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 5:309:00 p.m.

Westin Southfield,1500 Town Center, Southfield

Michigan Association for Justice—For MAJ Plaintiff Attorney & Paralegal Members Only

Registration at 5:00 p.m. | Forum 5:30 p.m.

Join David Christensen, Chad Engelhardt, Debra Freid, Judith Greenstone Miller, and Judge Anthony Patti for a discussion on the new civil discovery rules and how these changes will impact your practice.


Fourth Annual ACEDS Detroit Symposium

September 26–27, 2019

Midwest eDiscovery Conference: “To eDiscovery & Beyond”

Greektown Hotel & Casino, Detroit

Join the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists, ACEDS Detroit Chapter, ACEDS Chicago, and ACEDS Twin Cities Chapters in Detroit, Michigan on September 26th for a welcome reception and September 27th for a full day of education, networking and fun.  The keynote, Artificial Intelligence and the Law: Real Benefits and Challenges, will be delivered by Maura Grossman.  The symposium covering artificial intelligence, data privacy, and eDiscovery issues will feature a number of panels including a judicial panel discussing Michigan’s new civil discovery rules.


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