Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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March 30, 2020
Volume 18, Issue 13

FAQ About COVID-19 from Michigan Lawyers

The State Bar of Michigan is committed to helping Michigan lawyers respond optimally throughout the COVID-19 situation. If you have a question about COVID-19 and its impact on Michigan lawyers, please ask us here. We'll keep updating the information below and working to get you answers. In some cases, the questions we're receiving have not yet been answered by the decision-makers involved. Know that we are in touch with them and will share answers here as we have them.

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At the Bar

Carrying on During COVID-19

FAQ About COVID-19 from Michigan Lawyers

NewsLinks for March 26, 2020

On Balance Podcast: What Lawyers Should Expect During the Pandemic

Whitmer Issues Stay at Home Order, MSC Extends Deadlines

The Board of Commissioners met on March 24, 2020 at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following public policy positions:

ADM File No. 2002-37: Proposed Amendments of E-Filing Rules
The proposed amendments of MCR 1.109, 2.002, 2.302, 2.306, 2.315, 2.603, 3.222, 3.618, 4.201, and 8.119 are the latest proposed revisions as part of the design and implementation of the statewide electronic-filing system.
SBM Position: Support the Court’s continued effort to implement a statewide e-filing system. Because the proposed e-filing amendments are nuanced and practice specific, SBM voted to authorize individual committees and sections to submit their position reports to the Court.

ADM File No. 2019-13: Proposed Amendments of MCR 7.118
This proposal, suggested by the Prisons and Corrections Section of the State Bar of Michigan, would require counsel to be appointed to an indigent prisoner when an application for leave to appeal a grant of parole is filed by the prosecutor or victim. The right to counsel also would be included on the notice to be provided the prisoner.
SBM Position: Support.

In the Capitol

Both the House of Representatives and Senate have scheduled session for the following dates: April 1, April 7, and April 15. The Senate has also scheduled session for April 16.

At the Court

Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court Sheriff Matt Saxton (ret.), Executive Director, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association Joint Statement

Courts, Counties, Clerks Commit to Cooperation Create Task Force to Focus on Enhancing Virtual Services to the Public

Trial Courts Continue to Provide Essential Services under “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order

Court Orders Filing Deadlines Extended to Ensure Access to Courts

ADM File No. 2020-08: Administrative Order No. 2020-4 (Order Suspending Filing Deadlines in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals)
Issued: 3/26/20
Effective: 3/24/20

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
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