Michigan Supreme Court to conduct public administrative hearing

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 1997-11, the Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, November 18, via video conference (Zoom). The hearing will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn no later than 11:30 a.m. For those who wish to view the Public Hearing, a live stream can be accessed on the Court’s YouTube channel.

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. Each speaker will receive an invitation to participate in the Zoom meeting; the speakers will be called in order of item number and request to speak. Speakers will join the meeting no later than 9:30 a.m. and will be muted until called on by the chief justice. Comments offered at a public hearing must pertain directly to an item on the public hearing agenda. To reserve a place on the speaker’s list, notify the Office of Administrative Counsel by e-mail at ADMcomment@courts.mi.gov, no later than Friday, November 13.

Anyone not able to register to speak by e-mail may call the office at 517-373-1239.

The administrative matters on the agenda for this hearing are:

1. 2002-37 Proposed Addition of MCR 2.226
Published at 505 Mich ___ (2020)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed addition of MCR 2.226 that would clarify the process for change of venue and transfer orders.

2. 2019-36 Proposed Amendment of Rule 16 and Proposed Addition of Rule 20 of the Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan
Published at 505 Mich 1257 (2020)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of Rule 16 and the proposed addition of Rule 20 of the Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan that would clarify the process of investigation of unauthorized practice of law claims and outline procedures for the Client Protection Fund.

3. 2019-41 Proposed Amendment of MCR 4.201
Published at 505 Mich ___ (2020)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MCR 4.201 that would require disclosure of the right to object to venue in actions brought under the Summary Proceedings Act for landlord/tenant proceedings in district court, consistent with MCL 600.5706.

4. 2019-47 Proposed Amendments of MCR 3.804, 5.140, and 5.404 and Proposed Addition of MCR 3.811
Published at 505 Mich 1259 (2020)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendments of MCR 3.804, 5.140, and 5.404 and the proposed addition of MCR 3.811 that would allow greater use of videoconferencing equipment in cases involving Indian children.

5. 2020-04 Proposed Amendment of Rule 4 of the Rules for the Board of Law Examiners
Published at 505 Mich 1261 (2020)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of BLE Rule 4 that would explicitly state that a passing bar exam score is valid for three years, which is consistent with the character and fitness clearance expiration.

6. 2020-11 Proposed Amendment of MCR 2.108
Published at 505 Mich ___ (2020)
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MCR 2.108 that would provide a timeframe for a responsive pleading when a motion for more definite statement is denied.

7. 2020-14 Amendment of MCR 4.202
Published at 505 Mich ___ (2020)
Issue: Whether to take any action regarding the amendment of MCR 4.202 that makes the rule consistent with the requirements of MCR 4.201(F)(4) by requiring the court clerk to mail defendant notice of entry of a default judgment.

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