Michigan Supreme Court

Michigan Supreme Court report shows continued success of ‘problem-solving’ courts

Programs lower recidivism and unemployment rates, strengthen communities across Michigan

The Michigan Supreme Court has published the FY 2021 Problem-Solving Courts Annual Report, highlighting the success of 203 problem-solving courts (PSCs) across Michigan from Oct. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021.

PSCs are also known as specialty courts.

‘People behaving badly is an hourly experience on Zoom’

Ionia County judge, others ask Michigan Supreme Court for ‘compromise’ on remote court rules

Attorneys are appearing in court via Zoom while driving, golfing, poolside, smoking a cigarette, wearing a hoodie, T-shirt or swimsuit, walking or running down the street, holding a dog or a child or yelling at a dog or a child.

Defendants, witnesses and litigants are appearing in court via Zoom while getting their hair dyed, walking through a store, working on an assembly line, driving, smoking marijuana, hookah or vaping and wearing a plastic bag on their head.

New juror orientation video addresses unconscious bias

The education arm of the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI), has updated its jury orientation video with a new section on unconscious bias.

With narration by Ingham County Probate Court Judge Shauna Dunnings, MJI has supplemented this resource to help educate everyone who interacts with the courts, including court staff, prospective jurors, attorneys, and the general public. The video is also available in closed caption format.

Schafer reappointed chief judge of Ionia-Montcalm courts

Ronald Schafer has been reappointed chief judge of the Ionia-Montcalm court circuit for two more years.

The appointment was made by the Michigan Supreme Court. Schafer, who was appointed chief judge two years ago, will begin his second term on Jan. 1, 2022.