At the October 25th Court en Banc meeting, Local Court Rule 6.1.1 was updated to remove the language regarding requests for jury trials going to circuit court. Effective January 1, 2017, associate circuit judges will hear jury trials. The docket schedule is being updated to provide each judge with time to hear jury trials.
At the same meeting, the Court en Banc approved rule 6.11 “Assignment to Probate Division,” which allows matters under local court rule 4.3 to be transferred to the probate division by any judge. This was passed with the emergency clause to be in effect after 30 days so that it, and rule 4.3, are in effect at the same time. Rule 4.3 was passed in the September Court en Banc meeting.