Justice Initiatives Committee (2003–2017)

The Good Work Continues. . .

Watch for this important work to continue through State Bar committees, including the following…

  • Implementation and Innovation Steering Committee
  • Delivery of Legal Services for All Standing Committee
  • Access to Justice Initiative
  • Affordable Legal Services Initiative
  • Lawyer Referral Service Steering Initiative
  • Access to Justice Policy Committee
  • Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The 2017-2018 Bar year ushered in a new and exciting committee structure that will maintain the State Bar’s commitment to the traditional matters of the mandatory bar and also integrate many of the recommendations from the State Bar’s 21st Century Practice Force. Even though the CJI will not continue by name into the new Bar year, the good work will continue through others committees that, like the CJI, are committed to the effective delivery of high-quality legal services in Michigan that are equal and fair to all.

 

Commitment to Access to Justice

Beginning with the “Michigan Plan” in 1995, many years before the CJI, the State Bar adopted the first of many thoughtful strategic planning initiatives that offered recommendations for implementation to improve access to justice in Michigan.  The Michigan Plan marked the beginning and emphasized the importance of strategic planning, collaboration, and coordination of efforts of many stakeholders to improve access to justice in Michigan.  To carry the Michigan Plan’s recommendations forward, the State Bar established the Access to Justice (ATJ) Task Force in 1997.  The ATJ Task Force was the first of several State Bar entities devoted to improving access to justice and fostering communication, cooperation, and collaboration among stakeholders.

Since 2003, the Committee on Justice Initiatives (CJI) has been the State Bar structure that worked towards the charge of its original jurisdiction that it “Shall promote the effective delivery of high quality legal services to all Michigan citizens, and to assure that barriers are reduced so that the justice system is the strongest possible, equal and fair in its application to all.”  In its 14 year history, the CJI has proven to be an important part of the State Bar’s commitment to access to justice for all.

Since its creation in 2003, the CJI continued the work to promote the effective delivery of high-quality legal services to all Michigan citizens, reducing barriers to the justice system so that it is strong, equal, and fair.  The many accomplishments of the CJI over the past 14 years are the result of hard-working volunteers, dedicated to access to justice for all.  

 

Public Policy Reports

Justice Initiatives Committee

  • 2009-2010 Legislative Session

    HB5995 Destruction of Juvenile Fingerprint Records
    HB5468 Electronic Signature
    HB5518 Eviction Summons
    SB0960 Notaries Public
  • 2007-2008 Legislative Session

    HB4406 English as Official State Language
    HB4501 Increase Costs and Fees
    HB4525 Corrections Identification Card
    HB4753 Correction of Inaccurate Items in Consumer Credit Reports
    HB4755 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4859 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4931 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4932 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4933 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB4934 Expansion of Juror Pools
    HB5213 Record Expungement for Certain Offenders
    HB5534 Forged Deeds
  • 2005-2006 Legislative Session

    HB5625 Allows Real Estate Agents to Represent Landlords in Small Claims Court in Security Deposit Disputes Under Certain Circumstances
    HB4006 Creates Act Establishing Bad Check Program
    HB4160 Revises Limitation on Recovery Amount Allowed in Small Claims Suits
    HB4629 Requires Payment of Prosecution Costs in Certain Circumstances
    HB4732 Allows Property Managers and Other Non-Lawyers to Represent Certain Businesses in Eviction Proceedings
    HB4796 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    HB4797 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    HB4799 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    HB4800 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    HB4851 Revises Age Under Which Court has Jurisdiction
    HB5337 Provides for Waiver from "Administrative Hearings" While Deployed or Serving on Active Duty
    SB0060 Adds Incapacitated Parent as Basis for Custody Action by Third Person
    SB0113 Revises Jury Service and Provides for Lengthy Trial Fund
    SB0542 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    SB0543 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    SB0544 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    SB0545 Eliminates Right to Preliminary Exam for Certain Crimes
    SB0815 Allows Property Managers and Other Nonlawyers to Represent Businesses in Certain Eviction Proceedings

2013-18—Proposed New MCR 2E.001 et seq. & Draft Standards for e-Filing

2012-03—Proposed Adoption of MRC 1.111 & 8.127

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