Michigan Supreme Court to hold public administrative hearing on March 11

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 1997-11, the Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, March 11, in the Supreme Court courtroom located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street in Lansing. The hearing will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn no later than 11:30 a.m.

Persons who wish to address the court regarding matters on the agenda will be allotted three minutes each to present their views, after which the speakers may be questioned by the justices.  Comments offered at a public hearing must pertain directly to an item on the public hearing agenda.  To reserve a place on the agenda, notify the Office of Administrative Counsel in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, 48909, or by e-mail at ADMcomment@courts.mi.gov, no later than Friday, March 6.

The administrative matters on the agenda for this hearing are:

1. 2014-46 Proposed Alternative Amendments of MCR 6.508
Published at 504 Mich 1211 (2019)
Issue: Whether to adopt either of the proposed amendments of MCR 6.508 that would allow a court to consider previously decided claims in the context of a new claim for relief, consistent with footnote 17 in People v Johnson, 502 Mich 541 (2018), as expressed in Alternative A, or under a slightly different formulation in Alternative B.

2. 2018-24 Proposed Amendment of MCR 8.301
Published at 504 Mich 1208 (2019)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MCR 8.301 that would make the rule consistent with the statute (MCL 600.834) allowing only the probate registers and deputy probate registers to perform certain administrative tasks that would otherwise be performed by the probate judge.

3. 2018-29 Proposed Amendments of MCR 6.302 and 6.610
Published at 504 Mich 1209 (2019)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendments of MCR 6.302 and 6.610 that would eliminate the requirement for a court to establish support for a finding that defendant is guilty of the offense charged as opposed to an offense to which defendant is pleading guilty or nolo contendere.

4. 2018-34 Proposed Amendment of MCR 6.425
Published at 504 Mich 1212 (2019)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MCR 6.425 that would clarify that criminal defendants whose request for counsel due to indigency are denied are entitled to appeal that denial.

5. 2018-35 Proposed Amendment of MCR 8.108
Published at 504 Mich 1213 (2019)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MCR 8.108 that would clarify the rule regarding preparation and filing of transcripts including that a court reporter or court recorder shall file their transcripts with a court when produced for a party or for the court.

6. 2019-12 Amendments of MCR 1.109, 3.206, 3.931, and 3.961
Published at 504 Mich ___ (2019)
Issue: Whether to retain the amendments of MCR 1.109, 3.206, 3.931, and 3.961 that enable family division courts to use the required case inventory form to administer cases while keeping the information confidential.

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