BY PETER KULAS-DOMINGUEZ (KENT)
The following are pending proposed changes to the Michigan Court Rules:
ADM File 2022-03: Proposed Amendment of MCR 1.109
This ADM file would allow parties and attorneys to identify their personal pronouns and would require courts to use those pronouns both verbally and in writing, unless doing so would result in an unclear record. This ADM was issued January 18, 2023 and the comment period expired May 1, 2023.
The public comment period lasted for 103 days and while most proposed court rules receive single-digit comments, this proposed rule received 433 comments during the allotted period, another 11 comments were entered after the deadline, totaling 444 comments as of August 31, 2023.
The proposed rule presented in full is as follows:
Parties and attorneys may also include any personal pronouns in the name section of the caption, and courts are required to use those personal pronouns when referring to or identifying the party or attorney, either verbally or in writing. Nothing in this subrule prohibits the court from using the individual’s name or other respectful means of addressing the individual if doing so will help ensure a clear record.
A public hearing was held on June 7, 2023.
ADM File 2021-10: Proposed Amendment of the Michigan Rules of Evidence
The Proposed amendment would restyle the MREs in an effort to remain as consistent as possible with the 2011 restyling of the Federal Rules of Evidence. This ADM was issued on March 22, 2203 and the comment period expired July 1, 2023.
The relevant proposed changes can be found here.
BY PETER M. KULAS-DOMINGUEZ (KENT COUNTY)