Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

April 3, 2023
Volume 21, Issue 14

In the Capitol

The House of Representatives and Senate will be in session next on April 11th.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Introduced Recently
Recently bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

At the Court

Supreme Court Announces April 4-5 Oral Argument Schedule

Proposed Amendments
ADM File No. 2023-06: Amendments of MCR 6.001 and 8.119 and Addition of MCR 6.451 with concurrent comment period
The amendment of MCR 8.119 requires courts to restrict access to case records involving set aside convictions similar to how MCL 780.623 restricts access to records maintained by the Michigan State Police. The amendment further requires the court to redact information regarding any conviction that has been set aside before that record is made available. The addition of MCR 6.451 requires the court to provide notice and an opportunity to be heard before reinstating a conviction for failure to make a good faith effort to pay restitution under MCL 780.621h(3) and to order the reinstatement on an SCAO-approved form. The amendment of MCR 6.001 clarifies that MCR 6.451 applies to cases cognizable in the district courts.
Issued: 3/29/23
Effective: 4/11/23
Comment Period Expires: 7/1/23

ADM File No. 2023-06: Proposed Amendments of MCR 6.110 and 8.119
The proposed amendment of MCR 8.119 would require all case records maintained by the district court to become nonpublic immediately after bindover to the circuit court. This proposal would also amend MCR 6.110(G) to expand the types of documents that must be transmitted to the circuit court to ensure appropriate public access in the circuit court. The proposal would consolidate public access in the circuit court case file and would also uniformly ensure that information regarding set aside criminal offenses in the circuit court cannot be separately accessed in the district court case file.
Issued: 3/29/23
Comment Period Expires: 7/1/23

At the Bar


Judicial Vacancies–3rd & 12th Circuit Courts, 61st District Court
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

April 29 Representative Assembly Agenda
The Representative Assembly will be meeting on Saturday, April 29, 2023. The agenda is posted online. Members of the State Bar are invited to submit comments to Representative Assembly on the public policy items on the agenda.

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
Public Acts
Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Legislature
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