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April 06, 2009

MSC: Oral Arguments & Hearings This Week

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold oral arguments this week in eight separate matters on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, the Court will hold a public administrative conference to address the appointment of chief judges for the 87A, 87B, and 87C District Courts, the Houghton County Probate Court, and the Alger/Schoolcraft Probate District Court, and address rules changes that were previously addressed. New rules changes on the Court's agenda include publishing for comment new Rule 1.15A of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct implementing a trust account overdraft notification program, authorizing a pilot program to allow an application for leave to appeal in a criminal case to be deemed filed on the date of deposit of the application in the Expedited Legal Mail at the correctional facility where the inmate is housed, and publishing for comment a proposed administrative order governing the appointment of referees and magistrates. Also on the agenda is Justice Weaver's “Proposed Reform of Michigan's Dual System of Election and Appointment of Supreme Court Justices” and whether to publish a proposal or several proposals for procedures for disqualification of a Supreme Court Justice. The agenda for the administrative conference can be found here.

The argument schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

  • People v. Fisher: Emergency aid exception to search warrant requirement. Oral argument summary here.
  • People v. Jackson: Whether trial court must consider criminal defendant's ability to repay attorney fees before ordering defendant to make repayment. Oral argument summary here.
  • Jackson v. Estate of Green: Effect of party's death on action to partition real estate. Oral argument summary here.
  • People v. Idziak: Calculation of parole eligibility date after criminal offense while on parole. Oral argument summary here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

  • Bush v. Shabahang: Effect of defective notice of intent on limitations period. Oral argument summary here.
  • People v. Lowe: Scope of court's ability to double sentence of repeat drug offenders. MOA Oral argument summary here.
  • People v. Kircher: Sentencing for a criminal violation of NREPA. MOA. Oral argument summary here.

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