CIVIL DISCOVERY REFORM

The civil discovery rule changes, which went into effect January 1, 2020, are already making an impact on civil litigation in Michigan state courts.

JUNE 19, 2019

Amendments adopted

JUNE 20, 2019

ICLE Community blog posted

SEPTEMBER 2019

Updated Michigan Court Rules and Rules of Evidence (print book) available for purchase

OCTOBER 2019

Two new on-demand seminars available. Plus, new forms and checklists, including sample initial disclosures.

JANUARY 1, 2020

Amendments are effective

Here’s an overview of the resources we’ve developed and curated to help you stay on top of everything.
Quick Insight on How to Prepare for Reform
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Hon. Christopher P. Yates from the 17th Circuit Court: the process will now be front-loaded.
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Daniel D. Quick from Dickinson Wright PLLC: embrace these two changes, or be left behind.
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Hon. Patrick J. Conlin, Jr. from the 22nd Circuit Court: the courts are going to move quickly to enforce deadlines.
Access Updated Content in Online Books
(You can access these links if you’re an ICLE Premium Partner or a subscriber to these ICLE online books.)
Get Multiple Perspectives—New On-Demand Seminars
Apply 2020 Discovery Rules in Probate Litigation
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New Michigan Court Rules governing civil discovery went into effect January 1, 2020. Per MCR 5.131(B)(1), they apply to probate proceedings. Get guidance on the impact these amendments will have on probate litigation and prepare for the new requirements.
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Prepare for Michigan’s Discovery Rule Changes
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Identify the most significant Michigan Court Rule amendments and get expert insights into the goals motivating their adoption. Prepare yourself for the coming changes to traditional discovery practice, including proportionality considerations, mandatory initial disclosures, and increased judicial involvement.
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Apply the Michigan Discovery Rule Changes to Your Practice
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Walk through the discovery process and identify the practical changes required under the amended rules at every stage. Implement best practices for serving initial disclosures, drafting discovery requests, holding productive early scheduling conferences, seeking sanctions, and more.
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Attend Hot Sessions at Live Events
No-Fault Summit, 7th Annual
April 23–24, 2020

Court Rules and New Legislation Update
Friday, April 24
9:00am–9:45am
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Probate & Estate Planning Institute, 60th Annual
May 14–16, 2020

Discovery and the New Rules in Probate Court
Thursday, May 14
9:00am–9:45am
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Reference the New Rules in Paperback—Now Available
Michigan Court Rules and Rules of Evidence (PRINT BOOK)
Buy your copy today. The updated edition of this top-selling paperback is ideal for taking to court. It includes the new discovery rules, which went into effect 01/01/20.