The enactment of broad structural changes to Michigan's Court of Claims in a veritable blink of a legislative eye left some very big questions unanswered, including what the effect of the new law is on the availability of jury trials in cases before the court. The governor himself pointed to the need for a "trailer bill" clarifying the right to jury trial at the same time that he was signing the changes into law. So where do things stand now? The trailer bill, HB 5156, has been introduced and is expected to move quickly through the legislature. The State Bar of Michigan supports the bill along with additional clarifying changes. The bill is scheduled for a hearing today in the House Government Operations Committee, Room 308, House Office Building, in Lansing. The State Bar and SBM Blog will provide continual updates.