April 4, 2004 - April 10, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 15

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate are on spring break April 4 - April 17.

Focus: SB 788 (Hardiman) Kent County Circuit Courtship
Courts; judges; number of judgeships in the seventeenth judicial circuit; increase.

The State Bar supports SB 788. The bill was presented to the Governor on March 31. However, the Governor vetoed the bill on April 7, in addition to other bills that would have added judges to different courts around the state.
See Also: Capitol Agenda and State News

Capitol Agenda
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(Detroit News, 4/10/04)

In the Hall of Justice
Rule Amendments
2003-25 - Amendment of Rule 7.204 of the Michigan Court Rules
Issued: March 30, 2004
Effective: March 30, 2004
The amendment of Rule 7.204(A)(1)(c) shortened the deadline for filing claims of appeal in retained appeals from orders terminating parental rights or denying timely filed postconviction motions. The purpose was to conform the deadline for filing claims of appeal in appeals with retained counsel to the recently adopted 14-day deadline in appeals with appointed counsel from terminating parental rights.

At the Bar
The Board of Commissioners will meet on Friday, April 23rd at 9:30 a.m. at the State Bar. The Public Policy, Image & Identity Committee will meet prior to the Board meeting at 8:00 a.m. To receive an agenda for either meeting, please e-mail ELYON@mail.michbar.org or call (517) 346-6325.

Federal News
High Court Takes Search Case
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(Washington Post, 4/6/04)

State News

Granholm Decides No New Judge for Macomb County
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(Macomb Daily, 4/9/04)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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