April 12, 2019
Board of Commissioners
Public Policy Items To Be Considered
Members who wish to share comments on any of the items below may do so by filling out a Public Policy Comment form or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.
A. Court Rules
1. ADM File No. 2002-37: Proposed Amendment of Rule 1.109 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendment of Rule 1.109 of the Michigan Court Rules is an expected progression necessary for design and implementation of the statewide electronic-filing system. This particular amendment will assist in implementing the goals of the project.
2. ADM File No. 2002-37: Proposed Administrative Order 2019-XX
To ensure that those individuals required to electronically file court documents have meaningful access to Michigan courts, the Michigan Supreme Court adopts this order requiring courts that seek permission to mandate that all litigants e-File to first submit an e-Filing Access Plan for approval by the State Court Administrative Office.
Each plan must conform to the model promulgated by the state court administrator and ensure access to at least one computer workstation per county. The plan shall be submitted to and approved by the State Court Administrative Office as a local administrative order under MCR 8.112. The State Court Administrative Office may revoke approval of an e-Filing Access Plan due to litigant grievances.
3. ADM File No. 2016-46: Special Administrative Inquiry Regarding Questions Relating to Mental Health on the Michigan Bar Examination Application
The Court is considering whether questions regarding mental health should be included on the personal affidavit that is part of the application for the Michigan Bar Examination, and if so, what form those questions should take.
4. ADM File No. 2018-25: Proposed Amendment of Rule 7.312 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendment of MCR 7.312 would incorporate into the Supreme Court rules the procedure to be followed for cases being argued on the application. These rules have been previously included in orders granting argument on the application. A proposed new subrule (K) would alert parties to the fact that they should argue the merits of the case even for motions being heard on the application.
1. HB 4296 (Filler) Civil procedure; costs and fees; e-filing fee; extend sunset. Amends sec. 1993 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.1993).
2. SB 0076 (LaSata) Courts; other; certain crime victims; exempt from jury duty and provide that certain individuals are not practicing law in violation of the revised judicature act. Amends secs. 916 & 1307a of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.916 & 600.1307a).