Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
April 2–8, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 14

In the Capitol
Session schedule: The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate will not hold session this week.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Rule Amendments
2010-26—Amendments of MCR 7.210 and MCR 7.212
The amendments of MCR 7.210 and MCR 7.212 extend the time period in which parties may request that a court settle a record for which a transcript is not available and clarify the procedure for doing so.
Issued: April 4, 2012
Effective: May 1, 2012

Administrative Orders
2002-37—Amendment of Administrative Order No. 2011-1 (expansion of e-filing project)
Issued: April 4, 2012
Effective: Immediately, except for good cause shown, depending on case-type code (see paragraph 3.[a] of the order)

2004-04—Administrative Order No. 2012-1 (Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan for 10th Circuit, 70th District, and Saginaw County Probate Courts)
Issued: April 4, 2012
Effective: August 1, 2012

Proposed Amendments
2006-47—Proposed Amendments of MCR 1.109, 2.107, 2.113, 2.114, 2.518, 3.001, 3.101, 3.218, 3.800, 3.901, 3.903, 3.930, 4.001, 5.101, 5.113, 5.731, 6.007, 8.108, and 8.119
In its order entered December 21, 2011, in this file, the Court indicated that it is considering proposed amendments of MCR 1.109, 2.107, 2.113, 2.114, 2.518, 3.001, 3.101, 3.218, 3.800, 3.901, 3.903, 3.930, 4.001, 5.101, 5.113, 5.731, 6.007, 8.108, and 8.119. On order of the Court, this is to advise that except for the proposed provisions in MCR 1.109(D), the Court has extended to September 1, 2012, the public comment period for the proposal. The original April 1, 2012, deadline for public comment continues to apply to the proposed amendments of MCR 1.109(D), which the Court will consider at the public hearing that takes place following the expiration of that comment period.
Issued: April 4, 2012
Comment period extended to September 1, 2012 for all proposed amendments (except MCR 1.109[D], for which the comment period expired April 1, 2012)

Other Actions
2012-01—Appointment of Chief Judge of the 60th Judicial District Court
Issued: April 4, 2012
Term to expire: December 31, 2013

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan's Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee will meet Wednesday, April 11. For more information, please contact

United States District Court Proposes Amendments to Local Rules

Judicial Vacancy—Wayne County Probate Court
Judicial Vacancy—Wayne County Probate Court, Wayne County
Hon. Cathie B. Maher is vacating her seat at Wayne County Probate Court, Wayne County. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by April 18, 2012.
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Federal News
Supreme Court Ruling Allows Strip-Searches for Any Arrest
(New York Times, 4/2/12)

State News
Push Begins for Nov. Ballot Petitions
(Detroit News, 4/9/12)

Group Gets OK to Circulate Petitions Seeking to Open 8 Casinos in Michigan
(Detroit News, 4/4/12)

Michigan Supreme Court Takes Case on 'Right To Remain Silent'
(Interlochen Public Radio, 4/2/12)

Links of Interest
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