Michigan Supreme Court to hold administrative hearing

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 1997-11, the Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Thursday, Sept. 20, 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. The 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 Monday, Sept. 17.

The administrative matters on the agenda for this hearing are:

1. 2002-37, 2018-20 Proposed Amendment of MCR 2.002
Published at 501 Mich__(2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt either of the proposed alternative amendments of MCR 2.002 regarding fee waivers for indigent individuals.

2. 2013-05, 2014-46 Proposed Amendments of MCR 6.502 and MRPC 3.8
Published at 501 Mich__(2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendments of MCR 6.502 and MRPC 3.8 regarding postjudgment relief from judgment motions.

3. 2017-12 Proposed Addition of MCR 2.228
Published at 501 Mich 1247 (2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed addition of MCR 2.228 to require a notice of transfer to the Court of Claims to be filed before or at the time the defendant files an answer.

4. 2017-14 Proposed Administrative Order 2018-XX
Published at 501 Mich 1248 (2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed administrative order to require circuit court judges and county clerks to enter into an agreement on the assignment and performance of ministerial duties.

5. 2017-16 Proposed Amendment of MCR 6.302
Published at 501 Mich__(2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MCR 6.302 that would require a trial court judge to advise a defendant that if a plea is accepted, the defendant will give up the right to appeal issues that might have been available after the conclusion of a trial.

6. 2017-20 Proposed Amendment of MCR 7.202
Published at 501 Mich 1259 (2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MCR 7.202 that would clarify what constitutes a final postjudgment order in a domestic relations case for purposes of appeal by right.

7. 2017-25 Proposed Amendment of MRPC 7.1
Published at 501 Mich__(2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MRPC 7.1 that would restrict and regulate the use of the terms “retired” or “former” for a justice, judge, referee, or magistrate who returns to the practice of law.

8. 2017-26 Proposed Amendments of Canon 3 and Canon 7 of the Michigan
Code of Judicial Conduct
Published at 501 Mich 1250 (2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendments of Canon 3 and Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct to incorporate the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct 2.10 language and clarify its application to public comments made by judges.

9. 2017-29 Proposed Amendment of MRPC 4.4
Published at 501 Mich__(2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MRPC 4.4 that would define the responsibilities of a lawyer who receives a document that was inadvertently sent.

10. 2018-03 Proposed Amendments of MCR 3.201, 3.210, and 3.211 and
Proposed Addition of MCR 3.222 and 3.223
Published at 501 Mich 1252 (2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendments of MCR 3.201, 3.210, and 3.211 and proposed addition of MCR 3.222 and 3.223 to integrate the collaborate law process designed under the Uniform Collaborate Law Act into the state’s trial court system for practical use, and to add a similar process for parties not represented by counsel who seek to submit a consent judgment.

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