friday, september 23, 2022

Memorandums and Resources


Chief Justice McCormack to Retire from Michigan Supreme Court


Judicial Council Releases Historic Roadmap for Michigan Judiciary

? Michigan Judicial Council 2022-2025 Strategic Agenda

? Michigan Judicial Council 2022-2023 Operational Plan


Michigan Adoption Day Celebration

? November 22, 2022 at 10am. Location: Michigan Hall of Justice.


SCAO Memo – New Rules Regarding Remote Proceedings (August 11, 2022)

? Visit the Virtual Courtrooms website for new resources here.


Michigan Judicial Council rolled out the MJC Strategic Agenda and also the MJC Operational Plan.


Michigan's Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force (website)

? Michigan Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform Final Report (July 22, 2022)



Pending Legislation


HB 6347 - Reinstatement of Parental Rights

Statute Cite: MCL 710.21 – 712B.41

Tie Bar With: None

Status: Introduced on 08/17/2022 and referred to Comte on Judiciary.

What it does: This bill would amend the Probate Code of 1939 by adding section 21a which would create a process to allow the reinstatement of terminated parental rights.

Upcoming Trainings

MJI Training Opportunities

Working with Parents Who Are Incarcerated in State Prison, Parts II and III ) (Webinar)

September 22, 2022 9am-11am

This panel presentation will continue the discussion initiated at the August 11, 2022 Working with Parents Who are Incarcerated in State Prison webinar and will feature insight from Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) staff. To gain the most from these sessions, attendees should first view the August 11, 2022 recording as concepts will be expanded upon in Parts II and III. This is a two-hour session - attendees are not required to attend both sessions.

Part II: The first hour will focus on Title IV-D child support implications. Attendees present at this time will be eligible for Office of Child Support IV-D training credit. Presenters will focus on information relevant to locate functions, remote court appearances, and in-prison and post-release programming, and services impacting a parent’s ability to earn income.

Part III: After a short break, the second hour will focus on custody and parenting time implications of current or past incarceration. Presenters will review prisoner communication and visitation options, as well as benefits and concerns for children communicating with an incarcerated parent, as covered in the 2021 Michigan Parenting Time Guideline. Presenters will also discuss facts related to a parent’s incarceration and consideration of these when conducting a custody or parenting time investigation.

Family Division Referee Seminar

October 19-20, 2022, 9am-3:30pm

Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing, MI

The Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI) is pleased to announce a seminar for family division referees. Participation in this seminar is limited to juvenile and domestic relations referees presiding over family division cases. This seminar will only be offered on-site at the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing.

Presentations will include statutory, court rule, and case law updates, as well as sessions on practical, substantive and procedural issues impacting the conduct of hearings. The juvenile division referee seminar will be held Wednesday, October 19 and the domestic relations referee seminar will be held Thursday, October 20. Referees who are cross-assigned may attend both days.

Child Welfare Services Training and Development Opportunities

Child Welfare Services Recorded Web-based Meet-ups

This link provides access to previously recorded webinars.

Probate Court Staff Video Series

In this three-part video series, NCSC provides information and tools for probate court staff that wish to implement more rigorous conservatorship and guardianship monitoring

National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Webinars

This link provides access to current webinars and recorded webinars offered by NCSC.

Interstate Commission for Juveniles

ICJ On-Demand Training Site

ICJ’s On-Demand training modules provide 24/7 access to a variety of information related to the compact rules and processes.

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