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Michigan Supreme Court oral arguments to be held March 9–10

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 9 and 10 on the 6th floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice. Court will convene at 9:30 a.m.

Among the issues the justices will consider are questions about nondisclosure and non-compete agreements; marital assets; sentencing guidelines; accessing medical and billing records; scoring an offense variable; admission of testimony; a law firm operating agreement; and whether police officers unlawfully expanded a “knock and talk” procedure.

Oral arguments are open to the public.

The Court broadcasts its oral arguments and other hearings live on the Internet via streaming video technology. Watch the stream live only while the Court is in session and on the bench. Streaming will begin shortly before the hearings start; audio will be muted until justices take the bench.


Volunteer judges sought for Spring Appellate Advocacy Competition

Michigan State University College of Law is seeking volunteers to judge first year law students in the law school’s 2016 Spring Appellate Advocacy Competition. This year’s problem involves the Establishment Clause: Does the government endorse religion when a quote from a religious text is placed on the wall of a government building? No experience in constitutional law or First Amendment law is necessary. 
Judges will receive additional information, including potential questions and arguments approximately two weeks before the competition.

Judges are needed for the following dates and times:

Monday, April 11: 5:15 - 9:15 p.m

Tuesday, April 12: 5:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13: 5:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 14: 5:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 16:8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and/or 1-5 p.m.

Those interested in judging must respond by Wednesday March 16 in one of two ways:

•??Visit: www.law.msu.edu/rwa/judge-rounds. php and fill in the judges’ response form?

•??Call Jennifer Markey at (517) 432-6931

For more information, contact Prof. Nancy Costello at (734) 646-0037 or ncostello@ law.msu.edu or call Jennifer Markey at the number listed above.


Electronic Filing

System fee of $25 assessed as of March 1

As of March 1, when a party pays a filing fee for commencing a civil action in the Circuit Court, an Electronic Filing System fee of $25 will also be assessed. This means that all new cases filed, both electronically and in paper, will be subject to the additional fee. When filing a new civil action without a jury demand, the filer will pay $175. This includes a $150 filing fee plus a $25 electronic system transaction fee.

Filings under this category include domestic cases with case codes of DC, DM, DO, DZ, EM, NC, TZ and private party DS and DP cases.

Parties filing a new civil action including a jury demand will be charged $260. This includes $150 filing fee plus the $85 jury demand fee and the $25 electronic system transaction fee. This change applies to all cases, with the exception of lower court appeals (District and Probate appeals) and those initiated by a governmental agency.