Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
August 19-25, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 34

Please note: Next week’s Public Policy Update will published on Tuesday, September 3 due to the holiday. Any interim questions can be directed to

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 8/26
8/27 House Criminal Justice, Joint Meeting with Senate Judiciary
HB 4806 Revise factors to consider life offense where accused is a minor (Testimony Only);
HB 4807 Revise criteria for waiving jurisdiction over juvenile to adult court or disposition (Testimony Only);
HB 4808 Eliminate mandatory life imprisonment for certain crimes to reflect United States supreme court decision in Miller v Alabama (Testimony Only);
HB 4809 Modify parole board review process (Testimony Only).

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

At the Bar
Annual Meeting & Solo & Small Firm Institute

SBM Domestic Violence Committee Offers Free Pro Bono Training

The Executive Committee met on August 20, 2013 at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following public policy positions:

2013-20 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.305 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed changes of MCR 2.305 would make subrule (E) applicable only to actions pending in another country, while new subrule (F) would cross reference the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, which establishes the procedures to be used in seeking a deposition or discovery subpoena in Michigan for use in an action that is pending in another state or territory.
SBM Position: Support with Amendment.

2013-24 – Proposed Rescission of Administrative Order No. 2011-3 and Proposed Adoption of Administrative Order No. 2013-
Proposed Administrative Order 2013-___ would rescind Administrative Order No. 2011-3 and update the guidelines found in that order. The updates would revise the guidelines to make them more reflective of disposition rates based on statewide court data and to accommodate the fact that there may be delay in any case type that would make 100 percent disposition nearly impossible. However, the 100 percent disposition expectation would remain in place for PPO cases.
SBM Position: Support.

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines