MJA was honored to have Chief Justice Stephen Markman address the members in attendance at the luncheon meeting during the Conference in August. His remarks were well received and set a positive tone for the Conference and beyond. The Chief Justice was kind enough to provide us with a written copy of his remarks for [...]
Right in line with one of last week's presentations at the Annual Conference, 2017 Hilda Gage Award winner Judge Jim Alexander submitted this interesting and enlightening article on a recent Florida Appeals Court decision dealing with Facebook and judges. Please click below to view. "Florida Appeals Court Rules Judges Can Be Facebook Friends with Lawyers"
Judge Kathleen Feeney has graciously provided a draft of a sample stip and order of protection regarding the discovery of digital evidence. It is very helpful and provided in word format so that it can be downloaded and edited for your particular case. Please click on the link below to access. "Stipulation and Order of [...]
Judge Kathleen Feeney has provided the links below that provide news coverage of some recent events involving HB 4691, including video. Please click the titles below to view. "Town Hall Held for Equal Parenting Bill" Fox 17 West Michigan News "Bill Would Revamp How Child Custody Decided" Wood TV 8 Grand Rapids
Last year, Child Welfare Service’s Court Process Improvement Committee developed a Child Protective Proceedings Handbook, as well as a shorter Pamphlet, for parents involved in child protective proceedings. CWS mailed dozens of copies to courts, who then provided the resources either directly to parents involved in child protective proceedings and/or to attorneys representing parents. Due to [...]
Every judge is subject to criticism from time to time, we all accept that as part of the job. Reasonable and fair criticism of judges and other public officials by the public and the media is one of the hallmarks of a democratic society. However, sometimes judges are subject to unjust or unfair criticism which is motivated [...]
MJA has received a number of inquiries from judges regarding the changes to the Child Custody Act proposed under HB 4691, as well as MJA's response to these changes. MJA's Family Law Committee has aggressively followed the progress of HB 4691 and provided detailed input to the legislature in a letter to Chairman Runestead. Please click HERE to [...]