Daily Briefs, October 6

Appointments made to Attorney Grievance Commission by Court
The Michigan Supreme Court has announced the following appointments to the Attorney Grievance Commission:

Charles S. Kennedy III of Royal Oak, attorney and member of the law firm of Fildew Hinks, PLLC, is appointed for a term ending October 1, 2014.

Jeffrey T. Neilson of Bloomfield Hills, attorney and shareholder of the law firm of Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, PC, is appointed for a term ending October 1, 2014.

Dr. R. B. Ouellette of Bridgeport, pastor of First Baptist Church of Bridgeport and founder of Bridgeport Baptist Academy, is appointed for a term ending October 1, 2014.

Martha D. Moore of Rochester, attorney, assistant dean and professor of law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, is appointed chairperson of the AGC for a term ending October 1, 2012.

David L. Porteous of Reed City, attorney and principal of the law firm of McCurdy Wotila & Porteous, PC, is appointed vice-chairperson of the AGC for a term ending October 1, 2012.

The AGC, which was established in 1978 by order of the Michigan Supreme Court, investigates and prosecutes attorney misconduct cases. The nine members of the AGC serve on a voluntary basis. The AGC also employs a staff that includes attorneys and investigators.

Holiday Hours
The Wayne County Probate Court will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 10 and will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m.

The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be closed Monday, Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day.

The Wayne County Clerk’s Office will be closed Monday, Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day.

Innovative court e-filing system to be launched Nov. 7
In an effort led by Wayne County Clerk Cathy M. Garrett and in conjunction with Virgil Smith, Chief Judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court, the launch of a new e-filing system is planned for Nov. 7. On this date, only contract cases (CK) will be mandatory for e-file.

This newly implemented system will provide great benefit to Wayne County’s legal community by streamlining court services. It will also allow the Third Judicial Circuit Court to maximize its resources by enabling attorneys to submit filings electronically at any time of the day, from virtually any PC with internet access.

The courthouse benefits associated with using this system include the ability to receive filings electronically, reduce operational costs, and improve upon customer service. Conversely, attorney benefits associated with using this innovative new system include free registration through an easy self-service process, 24 hour-a-day filing with multiple courtesy copies at no additional charge, and the elimination of extraneous printing, copying, packaging, and delivery of paper documents.

Later this month, e-filing training will be presented by Webinar participation. Both morning and afternoon sessions are planned for Monday through Friday, Oct. 24-28 and Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

The planned Nov. 7 launch date is only related to the contracts case (CK) type.

For further information on registering for these training sessions, as well as more information about this new e-filing system, visit the Third Judicial Circuit Court website