Business Courts Begin Statewide in January
|Governor Rick Snyder|
The central idea behind the specialized tribunals is to require electronic case and document filings. According to the recent Senate Fiscal Agency analysis, the business courts would:
- Have exclusive jurisdiction over all business or commercial disputes with an amount in controversy in excess of $25,000;
- Any cause of action arising, in whole or in part, from a business or commercial dispute would be assigned to the business court;
- Require all circuit courts with more than 3 sitting judges to submit a plan for the implementation of a business tribunal to the State Court Administrative Office;
- Counties with fewer than 3 judges have the option of submitting an administrative order for SCAO review for a specialized business court with concurrent jurisdiction with the county trial court;
- Cases will be assigned to business court judges via a blind draw;
- Business court cases are required to be filed electronically;
- Require that the judges assigned to the business courts be trained by the Michigan Judicial Institute; and
- Any cases that are pending on the various county pilot programs remain on that docket until they are completed.
We will see if this new specialized court prunes the docket of the county courts of general jurisdiction. Here at the Law Blogger, this seems like a good idea.