MSC expands Wayne e-filing project, amends MCRs

The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a significant expansion of its e-filing project in Wayne County Circuit Court.

The project, which has been underway since Jan. 1, 2011, was originally limited to cases coded “CK” (contract disputes not otherwise coded).

Yesterday, the MSC expanded, effective immediately, the types of cases that may be included in the project:

CB (business claims)
CC (condemnation)
CD (employment discrimination)
CE (environment)
CF (forfeiture claims)
CH (housing and real estate)
CL (labor relations)
CP (antitrust, franchising, and trade regulations)
CR (corporate receivership)
CZ (general civil)
PZ (miscellaneous proceedings, except tax foreclosure cases, which are currently assigned to the chief judge’s docket)

In two months, no-fault and related automobile cases will be part of the project:

ND (property damage, auto negligence)
NE (no-fault auto insurance)
NI (personal injury auto negligence)

In other MSC orders released yesterday, the court amended MCR 7.210 and 7.212 to extend the time period in which parties may request that a court settle a record for which a transcript is not available and clarify the procedure for doing so. The amendments take effect May 1.

The court also adopted a concurrent jurisdiction plan for Saginaw County’s circuit, district and probate courts, effective Aug. 1.

The court has also extended the comment period for proposed amendments of many court rules relating to the use of electronic technology in the way courts process court records. Comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted through Sept. 1.

E-filing expanded in Oakland County courts

The e-filing pilot project in Oakland County Family Court has been expanded to include divorce cases where the parties have minor children.

The Michigan Supreme Court, in Administrative Order 2010-3, Revised E-filing Pilot Project in Oakland Circuit Court, Family Division, has authorized, effective immediately, e-filing for all cases coded “DM” (divorce with minor children):

Recognizing the logistical challenges associated with implementing e-filing in “DM” cases, the Court authorizes the Family Division of the Sixth Circuit Court to gradually implement the pilot beginning with a limited number of cases assigned to a single judge and a single Friend of the Court referee team assigned to that judge. The Sixth Circuit Court may expand the scope of the pilot at any time to include additional judges and/or FOC referee teams without further authorization of the Court.

In addition, the MSC has revised and extended the time for the pilot e-filing project for the Oakland County Circuit Court. See, Administrative Order 2007-3, Revised E-filing Pilot Project in Oakland County.

The Court has also ordered a pilot e-filing project for the Oakland County Probate Court. See, Administrative Order No. 2011-6, Proposed E-filing Project in Oakland Probate Court, for details.

E-filing project ordered for Ottawa County courts

The move toward statewide electronic document filing in the court system continues.

The Michigan Supreme Court announced yesterday that Ottawa County courts will participate in a five-year e-filing pilot project beginning Oct. 1.

The purpose of the pilot program is to study the effectiveness of electronically filing court documents in connection with the just, speedy, and economical determination of the actions involved in the pilot program. …

Participation may be initiated with new case filings or existing case files. At the discretion of the judge, participation may also include postdisposition proceedings in qualifying case types.

This is a voluntary e-filing project; however, once a case is designated as part of the e-filing project, it is presumed that all further documents will be filed electronically. Ottawa County recognizes that circumstances may arise preventing one from e-filing.

To ensure all parties retain access to the participating courts, parties that demonstrate good cause will be permitted to file documents with the clerk, who will then file the documents electronically.

The MSC’s directive, Administrative Order No. 2011-4, covers the 20th Circuit Court, the Ottawa County Probate Court and the 58th District Court.

The project will remain effective until Dec. 31, 2016 or until further order of the court.

E.D. Bankruptcy Court ECF upgrade

Planning on putting in some extra time this weekend to catch up on bankruptcy matters? If you practice bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Michigan, consider watching Saturday afternoon college football or a trip to a cider mill instead.

The court’s Electronic Case Filing System will be inaccessible on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. During this time the court’s IT Department will perform necessary system upgrades.