The Michigan Supreme Court is seeking feedback in a survey regarding key features of a statewide e-filing system. The survey, developed by the National Center for State Courts, will remain open through Tuesday, June 3. Click here to access the survey.
An extensive e-filing stakeholder workshop was held in April and the survey is a follow-up to that discussion. Based on its research, experience in other states, and input from stakeholders and the general public, the NCSC will be issuing a report to the Michigan State Court Administrator's Office with recommendations for an e-filing system that best meets Michigan's needs.
The goal is to create an accessible statewide e-filing system that works well for users, is funded fairly and takes into account the unique and divergent resources of the 244 trial courts in Michigan. E-filing allows for the filing of court documents from anywhere in the state at any time of the day without having to drive to a court office or send large amounts of printed materials via a delivery service, thereby saving time, gas, parking fees, copy costs and delivery charges. A statewide e-filing system will also allow for the electronic notice and service of process and other expanded benefits to improve the efficiency of court interactions by attorneys, parties, and the public.
The survey will take less than five minutes to complete, and is divided into questions directed at private practice attorneys and questions aimed at attorneys employed in other sectors. When members participate in the survey, their privacy will be fully protected and their replies will remain strictly confidential. Results will be reported in the aggregate only—no individual results will be identifiable.
Survey participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including an iPad, two $250 gift cards, and two $150 donations to the Access to Justice Fund in the name of the prize winners.
The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order adopting Local Court Rule 2.119, governing motion practice at the state Court of Claims.
Local Court Rule 2.119 takes effect immediately and provides guidance on the form motions must take, form of affidavits, time for service and filing of motions and responses, uncontested orders, contested motions, motions for rehearing or reconsideration and motion fees.
The Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy, the first woman appointed federal judge in Detroit, passed away on Monday at her home in Grosse Pointe Woods at the age of 90.
Judge Kennedy was born in Detroit on August 4, 1923. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and her law degree from the University of Michigan. She subsequently clerked for the Honorable Harold W. Stephens, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was the first woman to clerk for that court.
After 20 years in private practice in Detroit, she was elected to the Wayne County (Michigan) Circuit Court. In 1970 President Richard M. Nixon appointed her to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She was the first woman to sit on that court, and in 1977 she became the first female chief judge of a federal district court in the United States.
She was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. She was the second woman to sit on that court, and held that position until her retirement on June 30, 2012. Judge Kennedy and her sister, the Honorable Margaret G. Schaeffer, were the first sister judges in the United States. Judge Schaeffer sat on the 47th District Court in Farmington Hills, Michigan from 1974-1992.
Judge Kennedy is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles S. and Angela Kennedy; her grandchildren, Elizabeth and Matthew; her sister, Dr. Christine G. Gram; and 28 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church. A luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy Scholarship, c/o Alexandra Haddad, University of Michigan Law School, 701 S. State St., Suite 4000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. For more detail, please visit http://www.verheyden.org/book-of-memories/1867695/Kennedy-The-
In the past few years the state has operated trial courts to give Michigan's judiciary a chance to measure the outcomes of problem courts. Three types of courts have run since 2011, including drug courts, mental health courts and veterans treatment courts.
From Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2013, drug courts handled 8,626 cases; about half of the cases were in a sobriety court program and the other half were in district court, juvenile courts or family dependency programs. Those who participated in sobriety court programs did significantly better than those in other programs. While 65 percent of offenders successfully completed sobriety court programs, less than half successfully completed adult circuit and adult district court programs. Recidivism rates among sobriety court participants were more than three times lower than those of their counterparts.
During the same period, 926 offenders participated in eight mental health courts. The recidivism rate for participants in mental health courts was four percent, compared to a 22 percent recidivism among their comparison group in other courts. This program was so successful the Michigan legislature introduced legislation in May of 2013 to codify and fund mental health courts.
Data gathering on the state's eight veterans treatment courts is still ongoing. They follow the drug court model, and incorporate elements of mental health courts to help veterans find sobriety, recovery and stability.
A parade of judges passes down the walkway between the Michigan Capitol Building and the Hall of Justice (now known as the Frank J. Kelley Walkway) for the dedication of the Hall of Justice in October of 2002.
"This courthouse is the peoples’ building," former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Maura Corrigan said at the dedication ceremony. "It is here to do the peoples’ business in the third branch of government."
To find out more about the dedication ceremony, check out this transcript on the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society's website.
Apparently, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners inadvertently reposted the results of the July 2013 exam, and mistakenly labeled them as being results from the February 2014 exam. Meaning that everyone who failed the July 2013 bar exam believed that they had failed the 2014 exam as well.
Massive confusion and heartbreak ensued for a couple of hours until the mistake was caught and corrected.