Michigan Supreme Court to hold public administrative hearing

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 1997-11, the Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, May 22, 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 Monday, May 20.

The administrative matters on the agenda for this hearing are:

1. 2002-37 Proposed Amendment of MCR 1.109 and Proposed Administrative Order 2019-XX. Published at 503 Mich ___ (2019).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MCR 1.109 regarding the process for exemption from e-Filing and whether to adopt proposed administrative order 2019-XX to require courts who seek to mandate e-Filing to submit a plan for assistance to self-represented litigants for approval by SCAO.

2. 2017-17 Proposed Amendments of MCR 6.001, 6.006, 6.425, 6.427, 6.610, 7.202, and 7.208 and Proposed Addition of MCR 6.430. Published at 503 Mich ___ (2018).
Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendments of MCR 6.001, 6.006, 6.425, 6.427, 6.610, 7.202, and 7.208 and the proposed addition of MCR 6.430 to regulate the way restitution orders are entered, modified, and appealed in criminal cases.

3. 2017-28 Proposed Amendments of MCR 1.109 and 8.119, Proposed Rescission of Administrative Order 2006-2, and Proposed Amendment of Administrative Order 1999-4. Published at 503 Mich ___ (2018).

Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendments of MCR 1.109 and 8.119, the proposed rescission of AO 2006-2, and proposed amendment of AO 1999-4 to make certain personal identifying information nonpublic and clarify the process regarding redaction.

4. 2018-06 Proposed Amendments of MCR 1.111 and 8.127. Published at 503 Mich ___ (2018).

Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendments of MCR 1.111 and 8.127 to require additional testing for qualified interpreters and change the date that annual renewal applications are due.

5. 2018-13 Proposed Addition of MCR 3.22X. Published at 503 Mich ___ (2018).

Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed addition of MCR 3.22X regarding the alternative dispute resolution process within the friend of the court.

6. 2018-19 Proposed Amendments of Various Rules Relating to Civil Discovery. Published at 503 Mich ___ (2018).

Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendments of various rules relating to civil discovery (as recommended by the State Bar of Michigan).

7. 2018-23 Proposed Amendment of MCR 6.001. Published at 503 Mich ___ (2018).

Issue: Whether to adopt the proposed amendment of MCR 6.001 to allow for discovery in criminal cases in district court.

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