MCR Criminal Court Rules

Subchapter 6.000 General Provisions
Rule 6.001 Scope; Applicability of Civil Rules; Superseded Rules and 
Statutes
(A) Felony Cases. The rules in subchapters 6.000-6.500 govern matters of 
procedure in criminal cases cognizable in the circuit courts and in courts of 
equivalent criminal jurisdiction.
(B) Misdemeanor Cases. MCR 6.001-6.004, 6.005(B) and (C), 6.006, 6.102(D) and 
(F), 6.106, 6.125, 6.427, 6.445(A)-(G), and the rules in subchapters 6.600-6.800 
govern matters of procedure in criminal cases cognizable in the district courts.
(C) Juvenile Cases. The rules in subchapter 6.900 govern matters of procedure in 
the district courts and in circuit courts and courts of equivalent criminal jurisdiction 
in cases involving juveniles against whom the prosecutor has authorized the filing 
of a criminal complaint as provided in MCL 764.1f.
(D) Civil Rules Applicable. The provisions of the rules of civil procedure apply to 
cases governed by this chapter, except
(1) as otherwise provided by rule or statute,
(2) when it clearly appears that they apply to civil actions only, or
(3) when a statute or court rule provides a like or different procedure.
Depositions and other discovery proceedings under subchapter 2.300 may not be 
taken for the purposes of discovery in cases governed by this chapter. The 
provisions of MCR 2.501(C) regarding the length of notice of trial assignment do not 
apply in cases governed by this chapter.
(E) Rules and Statutes Superseded. The rules in this chapter supersede all prior 
court rules in this chapter and any statutory procedure pertaining to and 
inconsistent with a procedure provided by a rule in this chapter.

Rule 6.002 Purpose and Construction
These rules are intended to promote a just determination of every criminal 
proceeding. They are to be construed to secure simplicity in procedure, fairness in 
administration, and the elimination of unjustifiable expense and delay.

Rule 6.003 Definitions
For purposes of subchapters 6.000-6.800:
(1) "Party" includes the lawyer representing the party.
(2) "Defendant's lawyer" includes a self-represented defendant proceeding 
without a lawyer.
(3) "Prosecutor" includes any lawyer prosecuting the case.
(4) "Court" or "judicial officer" includes a judge, a magistrate, or a district court 
magistrate authorized in accordance with the law to perform the functions of a 
magistrate.
(5) "Court clerk" includes a deputy clerk.
(6) "Court reporter" includes a court recorder.

Rule 6.004 Speedy Trial
(A) Right to Speedy Trial. The defendant and the people are entitled to a speedy 
trial and to a speedy resolution of all matters before the court. Whenever the 
defendant's constitutional right to a speedy trial is violated, the defendant is 
entitled to dismissal of the charge with prejudice.
(B) Priorities in Scheduling Criminal Cases. The trial court has the responsibility to 
establish and control a trial calendar. In assigning cases to the calendar, and 
insofar as it is practicable, 
(1) the trial of criminal cases must be given preference over the trial of civil 
cases, and
(2) the trial of defendants in custody and of defendants whose pretrial liberty 
presents unusual risks must be given preference over other criminal cases.
(C) Delay in Felony and Misdemeanor Cases; Recognizance Release. In a felony 
case in which the defendant has been incarcerated for a period of 180 days or more 
to answer for the same crime or a crime based on the same conduct or arising from 
the same criminal episode, or in a misdemeanor case in which the defendant has 
been incarcerated for a period of 28 days or more to answer for the same crime or 
a crime based on the same conduct or arising from the same criminal episode, the 
defendant must be released on personal recognizance, unless the court finds by 
clear and convincing evidence that the defendant is likely either to fail to appear for 
future proceedings or to present a danger to any other person or the community. In 
computing the 28-day and 180-day periods, the court is to exclude
(1) periods of delay resulting from other proceedings concerning the defendant, 
including but not limited to competency and criminal responsibility proceedings, 
pretrial motions, interlocutory appeals, and the trial of other charges,
(2) the period of delay during which the defendant is not competent to stand 
trial,
(3) the period of delay resulting from an adjournment requested or consented 
to by the defendant's lawyer,
(4) the period of delay resulting from an adjournment requested by the 
prosecutor, but only if the prosecutor demonstrates on the record either
(a) the unavailability, despite the exercise of due diligence, of material 
evidence that the prosecutor has reasonable cause to believe will be 
available at a later date; or
(b) exceptional circumstances justifying the need for more time to prepare 
the state's case,
(5) a reasonable period of delay when the defendant is joined for trial with a 
codefendant as to whom the time for trial has not run, but only if good cause 
exists for not granting the defendant a severance so as to enable trial within 
the time limits applicable, and
(6) any other periods of delay that in the court's judgment are justified by good 
cause, but not including delay caused by docket congestion.
(D) Untried Charges Against State Prisoner.
(1) The 180-Day Rule. Except for crimes exempted by MCL 780.131(2), the 
inmate shall be brought to trial within 180 days after the department of 
corrections causes to be delivered to the prosecuting attorney of the county in 
which the warrant, indictment, information, or complaint is pending written 
notice of the place of imprisonment of the inmate and a request for final 
disposition of the warrant, indictment, information, or complaint. The request 
shall be accompanied by a statement setting forth the term of commitment 
under which the prisoner is being held, the time already served, the time 
remaining to be served on the sentence, the amount of good time or 
disciplinary credits earned, the time of parole eligibility of the prisoner, and any 
decisions of the parole board relating to the prisoner. The written notice and 
statement shall be delivered by certified mail. 
(2) Remedy. In the event that action is not commenced on the matter for which 
request for disposition was made as required in subsection (1), no court of this 
state shall any longer have jurisdiction thereof, nor shall the untried warrant, 
indictment, information, or complaint be of any further force or effect, and the 
court shall enter an order dismissing the same with prejudice.

Rule 6.005 Right to Assistance of Lawyer; Advice; Appointment for 
Indigents; Waiver; Joint Representation; Grand Jury Proceedings
(A) Advice of Right. At the arraignment on the warrant or complaint, the court must 
advise the defendant
(1) of entitlement to a lawyer's assistance at all subsequent court proceedings, 
and
(2) that the court will appoint a lawyer at public expense if the defendant wants 
one and is financially unable to retain one.
The court must question the defendant to determine whether the defendant wants 
a lawyer and, if so, whether the defendant is financially unable to retain one.
(B) Questioning Defendant About Indigency. If the defendant requests a lawyer and 
claims financial inability to retain one, the court must determine whether the 
defendant is indigent. The determination of indigency must be guided by the 
following factors:
(1) present employment, earning capacity and living expenses;
(2) outstanding debts and liabilities, secured and unsecured;
(3) whether the defendant has qualified for and is receiving any form of public 
assistance;
(4) availability and convertibility, without undue financial hardship to the 
defendant and the defendant's dependents, of any personal or real property 
owned; and
(5) any other circumstances that would impair the ability to pay a lawyer's fee 
as would ordinarily be required to retain competent counsel.
The ability to post bond for pretrial release does not make the defendant ineligible 
for appointment of a lawyer.
(C) Partial Indigency. If a defendant is able to pay part of the cost of a lawyer, the 
court may require contribution to the cost of providing a lawyer and may establish a 
plan for collecting the contribution.
(D) Appointment or Waiver of a Lawyer. If the court determines that the defendant 
is financially unable to retain a lawyer, it must promptly appoint a lawyer and 
promptly notify the lawyer of the appointment. The court may not permit the 
defendant to make an initial waiver of the right to be represented by a lawyer 
without first
(1) advising the defendant of the charge, the maximum possible prison 
sentence for the offense, any mandatory minimum sentence required by law, 
and the risk involved in self-representation, and
(2) offering the defendant the opportunity to consult with a retained lawyer or, 
if the defendant is indigent, the opportunity to consult with an appointed 
lawyer.
(E) Advice at Subsequent Proceedings. If a defendant has waived the assistance of 
a lawyer, the record of each subsequent proceeding (e.g., preliminary examination, 
arraignment, proceedings leading to possible revocation of youthful trainee status, 
hearings, trial or sentencing) need show only that the court advised the defendant 
of the continuing right to a lawyer's assistance (at public expense if the defendant 
is indigent) and that the defendant waived that right. Before the court begins such 
proceedings,
(1) the defendant must reaffirm that a lawyer's assistance is not wanted; or
(2) if the defendant requests a lawyer and is financially unable to retain one, 
the court must appoint one; or
(3) if the defendant wants to retain a lawyer and has the financial ability to do 
so, the court must allow the defendant a reasonable opportunity to retain one.
The court may refuse to adjourn a proceeding to appoint counsel or allow a 
defendant to retain counsel if an adjournment would significantly prejudice the 
prosecution, and the defendant has not been reasonably diligent in seeking counsel.
(F) Multiple Representation. When two or more indigent defendants are jointly 
charged with an offense or offenses or their cases are otherwise joined, the court 
must appoint separate lawyers unassociated in the practice of law for each 
defendant. Whenever two or more defendants who have been jointly charged or 
whose cases have been joined are represented by the same retained lawyer or 
lawyers associated in the practice of law, the court must inquire into the potential 
for a conflict of interest that might jeopardize the right of each defendant to the 
undivided loyalty of the lawyer. The court may not permit the joint representation 
unless:
(1) the lawyer or lawyers state on the record the reasons for believing that joint 
representation in all probability will not cause a conflict of interests;
(2) the defendants state on the record after the court's inquiry and the lawyer's 
statement, that they desire to proceed with the same lawyer; and
(3) the court finds on the record that joint representation in all probability will 
not cause a conflict of interest and states its reasons for the finding.
(G) Unanticipated Conflict of Interest. If, in a case of joint representation, a conflict 
of interest arises at any time, including trial, the lawyer must immediately inform 
the court. If the court agrees that a conflict has arisen, it must afford one or more 
of the defendants the opportunity to retain separate lawyers. The court should on 
its own initiative inquire into any potential conflict that becomes apparent, and take 
such action as the interests of justice require.
(H) Scope of Trial Lawyer's Responsibilities. The responsibilities of the trial lawyer 
who represents the defendant include
(1) representing the defendant in all trial court proceedings through initial 
sentencing,
(2) filing of interlocutory appeals the lawyer deems appropriate, and
(3) responding to any preconviction appeals by the prosecutor.  The defendant’s 
lawyer must either:
(i) file a substantive brief in response to the prosecutor’s interlocutory 
application for leave to appeal, or
(ii) notify the Court of Appeals that the lawyer will not be filing a brief in 
response to the application.
(4) Unless an appellate lawyer has been appointed or retained, or if retained 
trial counsel withdraws, the trial lawyer who represents the defendant is 
responsible for filing postconviction motions the lawyer deems appropriate, 
including motions for new trial, for a directed verdict of acquittal, to withdraw 
plea, or for resentencing.
(I) Assistance of Lawyer at Grand Jury Proceedings.
(1) A witness called before a grand jury or a grand juror is entitled to have a 
lawyer present in the hearing room while the witness gives testimony. A 
witness may not refuse to appear for reasons of unavailability of the lawyer for 
that witness. Except as otherwise provided by law, the lawyer may not 
participate in the proceedings other than to advise the witness.
(2) The prosecutor assisting the grand jury is responsible for ensuring that a 
witness is informed of the right to a lawyer's assistance during examination by 
written notice accompanying the subpoena to the witness and by personal 
advice immediately before the examination. The notice must include language 
informing the witness that if the witness is financially unable to retain a lawyer, 
the chief judge in the circuit court in which the grand jury is convened will on 
request appoint one for the witness at public expense.

Rule 6.006 Video and Audio Proceedings
(A) Defendant in the Courtroom or at a Separate Location. District and circuit 
courts may use two-way interactive video technology to conduct the following 
proceedings between a courtroom and a prison, jail, or other location: initial 
arraignments on the warrant or complaint, arraignments on the information, 
pretrials conferences, pleas, sentencings for misdemeanor offenses, show cause 
hearings, waivers and adjournments of extradition, referrals for forensic 
determination of competency, and waivers and adjournments of preliminary 
examinations.
(B) Defendant in the Courtroom - Preliminary Examinations. As long as the 
defendant is either present in the courtroom or has waived the right to be present, 
on motion of either party, district courts may use telephonic, voice, or video 
conferencing, including two-way interactive video technology, to take testimony 
from an expert witness or, upon a showing of good cause, any person at another 
location in a preliminary examination.
(C) Defendant in the Courtroom - Other Proceedings. As long as the defendant is 
either present in the courtroom or has waived the right to be present, upon a 
showing of good cause, district and circuit courts may use two-way interactive 
video technology to take testimony from a person at another location in the 
following proceedings:
(1) evidentiary hearings, competency hearings, sentencings, probation 
revocation proceedings, and proceedings to revoke a sentence that does not 
entail an adjudication of guilt, such as youthful trainee status;
(2) with the consent of the parties, trials. A party who does not consent to the 
use of two-way interactive video technology to take testimony from a person at 
trial shall not be required to articulate any reason for not consenting.
(D) Mechanics of Use. The use of telephonic, voice, video conferencing, or two-way 
interactive video technology, must be in accordance with any requirements and 
guidelines established by the State Court Administrative Office, and all proceedings 
at which such technology is used must be recorded verbatim by the court.

Subchapter 6.100 Preliminary Proceedings
Rule 6.101 The Complaint
(A) Definition and Form. A complaint is a written accusation that a named or 
described person has committed a specified criminal offense. The complaint must 
include the substance of the accusation against the accused and the name and 
statutory citation of the offense.
(B) Signature and Oath. The complaint must be signed and sworn to before a 
judicial officer or court clerk.
(C) Prosecutor's Approval or Posting of Security. A complaint may not be filed 
without a prosecutor's written approval endorsed on the complaint or attached to it, 
or unless security for costs is filed with the court.

Rule 6.102 Arrest on a Warrant
(A) Issuance of Warrant. A court must issue an arrest warrant, or a summons in 
accordance with MCR 6.103, if presented with a proper complaint and if the court 
finds probable cause to believe that the accused committed the alleged offense.
(B) Probable Cause Determination. A finding of probable cause may be based on 
hearsay evidence and rely on factual allegations in the complaint, affidavits from 
the complainant or others, the testimony of a sworn witness adequately preserved 
to permit review, or any combination of these sources.
(C) Contents of Warrant; Court's Subscription. A warrant must
(1) contain the accused's name, if known, or an identifying name or 
description;
(2) describe the offense charged in the complaint;
(3) command a peace officer or other person authorized by law to arrest and 
bring the accused before a judicial officer of the judicial district in which the 
offense allegedly was committed or some other designated court; and
(4) be signed by the court.
(D) Warrant Specification of Interim Bail. Where permitted by law, the court may 
specify on the warrant the bail that an accused may post to obtain release before 
arraignment on the warrant and, if the court deems it appropriate, include as a bail 
condition that the arrest of the accused occur on or before a specified date or within 
a specified period of time after issuance of the warrant.
(E) Execution and Return of Warrant. Only a peace officer or other person 
authorized by law may execute an arrest warrant. On execution or attempted 
execution of the warrant, the officer must make a return on the warrant and deliver 
it to the court before which the arrested person is to be taken.
(F) Release on Interim Bail. If an accused has been arrested pursuant to a warrant 
that includes an interim bail provision, the accused must either be arraigned 
promptly or released pursuant to the interim bail provision. The accused may obtain 
release by posting the bail on the warrant and by submitting a recognizance to 
appear before a specified court at a specified date and time, provided that
(1) the accused is arrested prior to the expiration date, if any, of the bail 
provision;
(2) the accused is arrested in the county in which the warrant was issued, or in 
which the accused resides or is employed, and the accused is not wanted on 
another charge;
(3) the accused is not under the influence of liquor or controlled substance; and
(4) the condition of the accused or the circumstances at the time of arrest do 
not otherwise suggest a need for judicial review of the original specification of 
bail.

Rule 6.103 Summons Instead of Arrest
(A) Issuance of Summons. If the prosecutor so requests, the court may issue a 
summons instead of an arrest warrant. If an accused fails to appear in response to 
a summons, the court, on request, must issue an arrest warrant.
(B) Form. A summons must contain the same information as an arrest warrant, 
except that it should summon the accused to appear before a designated court at a 
stated time and place.
(C) Service and Return of Summons. A summons may be served by
(1) delivering a copy to the named individual; or
(2) leaving a copy with a person of suitable age and discretion at the 
individual's home or usual place of abode; or
(3) mailing a copy to the individual's last known address.
Service should be made promptly to give the accused adequate notice of the 
appearance date. The person serving the summons must make a return to the 
court before which the person is summoned to appear.

Rule 6.104 Arraignment on the Warrant or Complaint
(A) Arraignment Without Unnecessary Delay. Unless released beforehand, an 
arrested person must be taken without unnecessary delay before a court for 
arraignment in accordance with the provisions of this rule, or must be arraigned 
without unnecessary delay by use of two-way interactive video technology in 
accordance with MCR 6.006(A).
(B) Place of Arraignment. An accused arrested pursuant to a warrant must be taken 
to a court specified in the warrant. An accused arrested without a warrant must be 
taken to a court in the judicial district in which the offense allegedly occurred. If the 
arrest occurs outside the county in which these courts are located, the arresting 
agency must make arrangements with the authorities in the demanding county to 
have the accused promptly transported to the latter county for arraignment in 
accordance with the provisions of this rule. If prompt transportation cannot be 
arranged, the accused must be taken without unnecessary delay before the nearest
available court for preliminary appearance in accordance with subrule (C). In the 
alternative, the provisions of this subrule may be satisfied by use of two-way 
interactive video technology in accordance with MCR 6.006(A).
(C) Preliminary Appearance Outside County of Offense. When, under subrule (B), 
an accused is taken before a court outside the county of the alleged offense either 
in person or by way of two-way interactive video technology, the court must advise 
the accused of the rights specified in subrule (E)(2) and determine what form of 
pretrial release, if any, is appropriate. To be released, the accused must submit a 
recognizance for appearance within the next 14 days before a court specified in the 
arrest warrant or, in a case involving an arrest without a warrant, before either a 
court in the judicial district in which the offense allegedly occurred or some other 
court designated by that court. The court must certify the recognizance and have it 
delivered or sent without delay to the appropriate court. If the accused is not 
released, the arresting agency must arrange prompt transportation to the judicial 
district of the offense. In all cases, the arraignment is then to continue under 
subrule (D), if applicable, and subrule (E) either in the judicial district of the alleged 
offense or in such court as otherwise is designated.
(D) Arrest Without Warrant. If an accused is arrested without a warrant, a 
complaint complying with MCR 6.101 must be filed at or before the time of 
arraignment. On receiving the complaint and on finding probable cause, the court 
must either issue a warrant or endorse the complaint as provided in MCL 764.1c. 
Arraignment of the accused may then proceed in accordance with subrule (E).
(E) Arraignment Procedure; Judicial Responsibilities. The court at the arraignment 
must
(1) inform the accused of the nature of the offense charged, and its maximum 
possible prison sentence and any mandatory minimum sentence required by 
law;
(2) if the accused is not represented by a lawyer at the arraignment, advise the 
accused that
(a) the accused has a right to remain silent,
(b) anything the accused says orally or in writing can be used against the 
accused in court,
(c) the accused has a right to have a lawyer present during any questioning 
consented to, and
(d) if the accused does not have the money to hire a lawyer, the court will 
appoint a lawyer for the accused;
(3) advise the accused of the right to a lawyer at all subsequent court 
proceedings and, if appropriate, appoint a lawyer;
(4) set a date within the next 14 days for the accused's preliminary 
examination and inform the accused of the date;
(5) determine what form of pretrial release, if any, is appropriate; and
(6) ensure that the accused has been fingerprinted as required by law.
The court may not question the accused about the alleged offense or request that 
the accused enter a plea.
(F) Arraignment Procedure; Recording. A verbatim record must be made of the 
arraignment.
(G) Plan for Judicial Availability. In each county, the court with trial jurisdiction over 
felony cases must adopt and file with the state court administrator a plan for 
judicial availability. The plan shall
(1) make a judicial officer available for arraignments each day of the year, or
(2) make a judicial officer available for setting bail for every person arrested for 
commission of a felony each day of the year conditioned upon
(a) the judicial officer being presented a proper complaint and finding 
probable cause pursuant to MCR 6.102(A), and
(b) the judicial officer having available information to set bail.
This portion of the plan must provide that the judicial officer shall order the 
arresting officials to arrange prompt transportation of any accused unable to post 
bond to the judicial district of the offense for arraignment not later than the next 
regular business day.

Rule 6.106 Pretrial Release
(A) In General. At the defendant's first appearance before a court, unless an order 
in accordance with this rule was issued beforehand, the court must order that, 
pending trial, the defendant be
(1) held in custody as provided in subrule (B);
(2) released on personal recognizance or an unsecured appearance bond; or
(3) released conditionally, with or without money bail (ten percent, cash or 
surety).
(B) Pretrial Release/Custody Order Under Const 1963, art 1, § 15.
(1) The court may deny pretrial release to
(a) a defendant charged with
(i) murder or treason, or
(ii) committing a violent felony and
[A] at the time of the commission of the violent felony, the 
defendant was on probation, parole, or released pending trial for 
another violent felony, or
[B] during the 15 years preceding the commission of the violent 
felony, the defendant had been convicted of 2 or more violent 
felonies under the laws of this state or substantially similar laws
of the United States or another state arising out of separate 
incidents,
if the court finds that proof of the defendant's guilt is evident or the 
presumption great;
(b) a defendant charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, 
armed robbery, or kidnapping with the intent to extort money or other 
valuable thing thereby, if the court finds that proof of the defendant's guilt 
is evident or the presumption great, unless the court finds by clear and 
convincing evidence that the defendant is not likely to flee or present a 
danger to any other person.
(2) A "violent felony" within the meaning of subrule (B)(1) is a felony, an 
element of which involves a violent act or threat of a violent act against any 
other person.
(3) If the court determines as provided in subrule (B)(1) that the defendant 
may not be released, the court must order the defendant held in custody for a 
period not to exceed 90 days after the date of the order, excluding delays 
attributable to the defense, within which trial must begin or the court must 
immediately schedule a hearing and set the amount of bail.
(4) The court must state the reasons for an order of custody on the record and 
on a form approved by the State Court Administrator's Office entitled "Custody 
Order." The completed form must be placed in the court file.
(C) Release on Personal Recognizance. If the defendant is not ordered held in 
custody pursuant to subrule (B), the court must order the pretrial release of the 
defendant on personal recognizance, or on an unsecured appearance bond, subject 
to the conditions that the defendant will appear as required, will not leave the state 
without permission of the court, and will not commit any crime while released, 
unless the court determines that such release will not reasonably ensure the 
appearance of the defendant as required, or that such release will present a danger 
to the public.
(D) Conditional Release. If the court determines that the release described in 
subrule (C) will not reasonably ensure the appearance of the defendant as required, 
or will not reasonably ensure the safety of the public, the court may order the 
pretrial release of the defendant on the condition or combination of conditions that 
the court determines are appropriate including
(1) that the defendant will appear as required, will not leave the state without 
permission of the court, and will not commit any crime while released, and
(2) subject to any condition or conditions the court determines are reasonably 
necessary to ensure the appearance of the defendant as required and the safety 
of the public, which may include requiring the defendant to
(a) make reports to a court agency as are specified by the court or the 
agency;
(b) not use alcohol or illicitly use any controlled substance;
(c) participate in a substance abuse testing or monitoring program;
(d) participate in a specified treatment program for any physical or mental 
condition, including substance abuse;
(e) comply with restrictions on personal associations, place of residence, 
place of employment, or travel;
(f) surrender driver's license or passport;
(g) comply with a specified curfew;
(h) continue to seek employment;
(i) continue or begin an educational program;
(j) remain in the custody of a responsible member of the community who 
agrees to monitor the defendant and report any violation of any release 
condition to the court;
(k) not possess a firearm or other dangerous weapon;
(l) not enter specified premises or areas and not assault, beat, molest or 
wound a named person or persons;
(m) comply with any condition limiting or prohibiting contact with any other 
named person or persons. If an order under this paragraph limiting or 
prohibiting contact with any other named person or persons is in conflict 
with another court order, the most restrictive provision of each order shall 
take precedence over the other court order until the conflict is resolved.
(n) satisfy any injunctive order made a condition of release; or
(o) comply with any other condition, including the requirement of money 
bail as described in subrule (E), reasonably necessary to ensure the 
defendant's appearance as required and the safety of the public.
(E) Money Bail. If the court determines for reasons it states on the record that the 
defendant's appearance or the protection of the public cannot otherwise be assured, 
money bail, with or without conditions described in subrule (D), may be required.
(1) The court may require the defendant to
(a) post, at the defendant's option,
(i) a surety bond that is executed by a surety approved by the court in 
an amount equal to 1/4 of the full bail amount, or
(ii) bail that is executed by the defendant, or by another who is not a 
surety approved by the court, and secured by
[A] a cash deposit, or its equivalent, for the full bail amount, or
[B] a cash deposit of 10 percent of the full bail amount, or, with 
the court's consent,
[C] designated real property; or
(b) post, at the defendant's option,
(i) a surety bond that is executed by a surety approved by the court in 
an amount equal to the full bail amount, or
(ii) bail that is executed by the defendant, or by another who is not a 
surety approved by the court, and secured by
[A] a cash deposit, or its equivalent, for the full bail 
amount, or, with the court's consent,
[B] designated real property.
(2) The court may require satisfactory proof of value and interest in property if 
the court consents to the posting of a bond secured by designated real 
property.
(F) Decision; Statement of Reasons.
(1) In deciding which release to use and what terms and conditions to impose, 
the court is to consider relevant information, including
(a) defendant's prior criminal record, including juvenile offenses;
(b) defendant's record of appearance or nonappearance at court 
proceedings or flight to avoid prosecution;
(c) defendant's history of substance abuse or addiction;
(d) defendant's mental condition, including character and reputation for 
dangerousness;
(e) the seriousness of the offense charged, the presence or absence of 
threats, and the probability of conviction and likely sentence;
(f) defendant's employment status and history and financial history insofar 
as these factors relate to the ability to post money bail;
(g) the availability of responsible members of the community who would 
vouch for or monitor the defendant;
(h) facts indicating the defendant's ties to the community, including family 
ties and relationships, and length of residence, and
(i) any other facts bearing on the risk of nonappearance or danger to the 
public.
(2)If the court orders the defendant held in custody pursuant to subrule (B) or 
released on conditions in subrule (D) that include money bail, the court must 
state the reasons for its decision on the record. The court need not make a 
finding on each of the enumerated factors.
(3) Nothing in subrules (C) through (F) may be construed to sanction pretrial 
detention nor to sanction the determination of pretrial release on the basis of 
race, religion, gender, economic status, or other impermissible criteria.
(G) Custody Hearing.
(1) Entitlement to Hearing. A court having jurisdiction of a defendant may 
conduct a custody hearing if the defendant is being held in custody pursuant to 
subrule (B) and a custody hearing is requested by either the defendant or the 
prosecutor. The purpose of the hearing is to permit the parties to litigate all of 
the issues relevant to challenging or supporting a custody decision pursuant to 
subrule (B).
(2) Hearing Procedure.
(a) At the custody hearing, the defendant is entitled to be present and to be 
represented by a lawyer, and the defendant and the prosecutor are entitled 
to present witnesses and evidence, to proffer information, and to crossexamine each other's witnesses.
(b) The rules of evidence, except those pertaining to privilege, are not 
applicable. Unless the court makes the findings required to enter an order 
under subrule (B)(1), the defendant must be ordered released under 
subrule (C) or (D). A verbatim record of the hearing must be made.
(H) Appeals; Modification of Release Decision.
(1) Appeals. A party seeking review of a release decision may file a motion in 
the court having appellate jurisdiction over the court that made the release 
decision. There is no fee for filing the motion. The reviewing court may not 
stay, vacate, modify, or reverse the release decision except on finding an abuse 
of discretion.
(2) Modification of Release Decision.
(a) Prior to Arraignment on the Information. Prior to the defendant's 
arraignment on the information, any court before which proceedings against 
the defendant are pending may, on the motion of a party or its own 
initiative and on finding that there is a substantial reason for doing so, 
modify a prior release decision or reopen a prior custody hearing.
(b) Arraignment on Information and Afterwards. At the defendant's 
arraignment on the information and afterwards, the court having 
jurisdiction of the defendant may, on the motion of a party or its own 
initiative, make a de novo determination and modify a prior release decision 
or reopen a prior custody hearing.
(c) Burden of Going Forward. The party seeking modification of a release 
decision has the burden of going forward.
(3) Emergency Release. If a defendant being held in pretrial custody under this 
rule is ordered released from custody as a result of a court order or law 
requiring the release of prisoners to relieve jail conditions, the court ordering 
the defendant's release may, if appropriate, impose conditions of release in 
accordance with this rule to ensure the appearance of the defendant as required 
and to protect the public. If such conditions of release are imposed, the court 
must inform the defendant of the conditions on the record or by furnishing to 
the defendant or the defendant's lawyer a copy of the release order setting 
forth the conditions.
(I) Termination of Release Order.
(1) If the conditions of the release order are met and the defendant is 
discharged from all obligations in the case, the court must vacate the release 
order, discharge anyone who has posted bail or bond, and return the cash (or 
its equivalent) posted in the full amount of the bail, or, if there has been a 
deposit of 10 percent of the full bail amount, return 90 percent of the deposited 
money and retain 10 percent.
(2) If the defendant has failed to comply with the conditions of release, the 
court may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant and enter an order 
revoking the release order and declaring the bail money deposited or the surety 
bond, if any, forfeited.
(a) The court must mail notice of any revocation order immediately to the 
defendant at the defendant's last known address and, if forfeiture of bail or 
bond has been ordered, to anyone who posted bail or bond.
(b) If the defendant does not appear and surrender to the court within 28 
days after the revocation date, the court may continue the revocation order 
and enter judgment for the state or local unit of government against the 
defendant and anyone who posted bail or bond for an amount not to exceed 
the full amount of the bail, and costs of the court proceedings, or if a surety 
bond was posted, an amount not to exceed the full amount of the surety 
bond. If the amount of a forfeited surety bond is less than the full amount 
of the bail, the defendant shall continue to be liable to the court for the 
difference, unless otherwise ordered by the court.  If the defendant does 
not within that period satisfy the court that there was compliance with the 
conditions of release other than appearance or that compliance was 
impossible through no fault of the defendant, the court may continue the 
revocation order and enter judgment for the state or local unit of 
government against the defendant alone for an amount not to exceed the 
full amount of the bond, and costs of the court proceedings.
(c) The 10 percent bail deposit made under subrule (E)(1)(a)(ii)[B] must be 
applied to the costs and, if any remains, to the balance of the judgment. 
The amount applied to the judgment must be transferred to the county 
treasury for a circuit court case, to the treasuries of the governments 
contributing to the district control unit for a district court case, or to the 
treasury of the appropriate municipal government for a municipal court 
case. The balance of the judgment may be enforced and collected as a 
judgment entered in a civil case.
(3) If money was deposited on a bail or bond executed by the defendant, the 
money must be first applied to the amount of any fine, costs, or statutory 
assessments imposed and any balance returned, subject to subrule (I)(1).

Rule 6.107 Grand Jury Proceedings
(A) Right to Grand Jury Records. Whenever an indictment is returned by a grand 
jury or a grand juror, the person accused in the indictment is entitled to the part of 
the record, including a transcript of the part of the testimony of all witnesses 
appearing before the grand jury or grand juror, that touches on the guilt or 
innocence of the accused of the charge contained in the indictment.
(B) Procedure to Obtain Records.
(1) To obtain the part of the record and transcripts specified in subrule (A), a 
motion must be addressed to the chief judge of the circuit court in the county in 
which the grand jury issuing the indictment was convened.
(2) The motion must be filed within 14 days after arraignment on the 
indictment or at a reasonable time thereafter as the court may permit on a 
showing of good cause and a finding that the interests of justice will be served.
(3) On receipt of the motion, the chief judge shall order the entire record and 
transcript of testimony taken before the grand jury to be delivered to the chief 
judge by the person having custody of it for an in-camera inspection by the 
chief judge.
(4) Following the in-camera inspection, the chief judge shall certify the parts of 
the record, including the testimony of all grand jury witnesses that touches on 
the guilt or innocence of the accused, as being all of the evidence bearing on 
that issue contained in the record, and have two copies of it prepared, one to 
be delivered to the attorney for the accused, or to the accused if not 
represented by an attorney, and one to the attorney charged with the 
responsibility for prosecuting the indictment.
(5) The chief judge shall then have the record and transcript of all testimony of 
grand jury witnesses returned to the person from whom it was received for 
disposition according to law.

Rule 6.110 The Preliminary Examination
(A) Right to Preliminary Examination. Where a preliminary examination is permitted 
by law, the people and the defendant are entitled to a prompt preliminary 
examination. If the court permits the defendant to waive the preliminary 
examination, it must bind the defendant over for trial on the charge set forth in the 
complaint or any amended complaint.
(B) Time of Examination; Remedy.
Unless adjourned by the court, the preliminary examination must be held on 
the date specified by the court at the arraignment on the warrant or complaint. 
If the parties consent, for good cause shown, the court may adjourn the 
preliminary examination for a reasonable time. If a party objects, the court may 
not adjourn a preliminary examination unless it makes a finding on the record 
of good cause shown for the adjournment. A violation of this subrule is deemed 
to be harmless error unless the defendant demonstrates actual prejudice.
(C) Conduct of Examination. Each party may subpoena witnesses, offer proofs, and 
examine and cross-examine witnesses at the preliminary examination. Except as 
otherwise provided by law, the court must conduct the examination in accordance 
with the rules of evidence. A verbatim record must be made of the preliminary 
examination.
(D) Exclusionary Rules. If, during the preliminary examination, the court 
determines that evidence being offered is excludable, it must, on motion or 
objection, exclude the evidence. If, however, there has been a preliminary showing 
that the evidence is admissible, the court need not hold a separate evidentiary 
hearing on the question of whether the evidence should be excluded. The decision 
to admit or exclude evidence, with or without an evidentiary hearing, does not 

preclude a party from moving for and obtaining a determination of the question in 
the trial court on the basis of
(1) a prior evidentiary hearing, or
(2) a prior evidentiary hearing supplemented with a hearing before the trial 
court, or
(3) if there was no prior evidentiary hearing, a new evidentiary hearing.
(E) Probable Cause Finding. If, after considering the evidence, the court determines 
that probable cause exists to believe both that an offense not cognizable by the 
district court has been committed and that the defendant committed it, the court 
must bind the defendant over for trial. If the court finds probable cause to believe 
that the defendant has committed an offense cognizable by the district court, it 
must proceed thereafter as if the defendant initially had been charged with that 
offense.
(F) Discharge of Defendant. If, after considering the evidence, the court determines 
that probable cause does not exist to believe either that an offense has been 
committed or that the defendant committed it, the court must discharge the 
defendant without prejudice to the prosecutor initiating a subsequent prosecution 
for the same offense. Except as provided in MCR 8.111(C), the subsequent 
preliminary examination must be held before the same judicial officer and the 
prosecutor must present additional evidence to support the charge.
(G) Return of Examination. Immediately on concluding the examination, the court 
must certify and transmit to the court before which the defendant is bound to 
appear the prosecutor's authorization for a warrant application, the complaint, a 
copy of the register of actions, the examination return, and any recognizances 
received.
(H) Motion to Dismiss. If, on proper motion, the trial court finds a violation of 
subrule (C), (D), (E), or (F), it must either dismiss the information or remand the 
case to the district court for further proceedings.
(I) Scheduling the Arraignment. Unless the trial court does the scheduling of the 
arraignment on the information, the district court must do so in accordance with 
the administrative orders of the trial court.

Rule 6.111 Circuit Court Arraignment in District Court
(A) If the defendant, the defense attorney, and the prosecutor consent on the 
record, the circuit court arraignment may be conducted and a plea of not guilty, 
guilty, nolo contendere, guilty but mentally ill, or not guilty by reason of insanity 
may be taken by a district judge in criminal cases cognizable in the circuit court 
immediately after the bindover of the defendant. Following a plea, the case shall be 
transferred to the circuit court where the circuit judge shall preside over further 
proceedings, including sentencing.
(B) Arraignments conducted pursuant to this rule shall be conducted in conformity 
with MCR 6.113
(C) Pleas taken pursuant to this rule shall be taken in conformity with MCR 6.301, 
6.302, 6.303, and 6.304, as applicable, and, once taken, shall be governed by MCR 
6.310.
(D) Each court intending to utilize this rule shall submit a local administrative order 
to the State Court Administrator pursuant to MCR 8.112(B) to implement the rule.

Rule 6.112 The Information or Indictment
(A) Informations and Indictments; Similar Treatment. Except as otherwise provided 
in these rules or elsewhere, the law and rules that apply to informations and 
prosecutions on informations apply to indictments and prosecutions on indictments.
(B) Use of Information or Indictment. A prosecution must be based on an 
information or an indictment. Unless the defendant is a fugitive from justice, the 
prosecutor may not file an information until the defendant has had or waives a 
preliminary examination. An indictment is returned and filed without a preliminary 
examination. When this occurs, the indictment shall commence judicial 
proceedings.
(C) Time of Filing Information or Indictment. The prosecutor must file the 
information or indictment on or before the date set for the arraignment.
(D) Information; Nature and Contents; Attachments. The information must set forth 
the substance of the accusation against the defendant and the name, statutory 
citation, and penalty of the offense allegedly committed. If applicable, the 
information must also set forth the notice required by MCL 767.45, and the 
defendant's Michigan driver's license number. To the extent possible, the 
information should specify the time and place of the alleged offense. Allegations 
relating to conduct, the method of committing the offense, mental state, and the 
consequences of conduct may be stated in the alternative. A list of all witnesses 
known to the prosecutor who may be called at trial and all res gestae witnesses 
known to the prosecutor or investigating law enforcement officers must be attached 
to the information. A prosecutor must sign the information.
(E) Bill of Particulars. The court, on motion, may order the prosecutor to provide 
the defendant a bill of particulars describing the essential facts of the alleged 
offense.
(F) Notice of Intent to Seek Enhanced Sentence. A notice of intent to seek an 
enhanced sentence pursuant to MCL 769.13 must list the prior convictions that may 
be relied upon for purposes of sentence enhancement. The notice must be filed 
within 21 days after the defendant's arraignment on the information charging the 
underlying offense or, if arraignment is waived, within 21 days after the filing of the 
information charging the underlying offense.
(G) Harmless Error. Absent a timely objection and a showing of prejudice, a court 
may not dismiss an information or reverse a conviction because of an untimely 
filing or because of an incorrectly cited statute or a variance between the 
information and proof regarding time, place, the manner in which the offense was 
committed, or other factual detail relating to the alleged offense. This provision 
does not apply to the untimely filing of a notice of intent to seek an enhanced 
sentence.
(H) Amendment of Information. The court before, during, or after trial may permit 
the prosecutor to amend the information unless the proposed amendment would 
unfairly surprise or prejudice the defendant. On motion, the court must strike 
unnecessary allegations from the information.

Rule 6.113 The Arraignment on the Indictment or Information
(A) Time of Conducting. Unless the defendant waives arraignment or the court for 
good cause orders a delay, or as otherwise permitted by these rules, the court with 
trial jurisdiction must arraign the defendant on the scheduled date. The court may 
hold the arraignment before the preliminary examination transcript has been 
prepared and filed. Unless the defendant demonstrates actual prejudice, failure to 
hold the arraignment on the scheduled date is to be deemed harmless error.
(B) Arraignment Procedure. The prosecutor must give a copy of the information to 
the defendant before the defendant is asked to plead. Unless waived by the 
defendant, the court must either state to the defendant the substance of the charge 
contained in the information or require the information to be read to the defendant. 
If the defendant has waived legal representation, the court must advise the 
defendant of the pleading options. If the defendant offers a plea other than not 
guilty, the court must proceed in accordance with the rules in subchapter 6.300. 
Otherwise, the court must enter a plea of not guilty on the record. A verbatim 
record must be made of the arraignment.
(C) Waiver. A defendant represented by a lawyer may, as a matter of right, enter a 
plea of not guilty or stand mute without arraignment by filing, at or before the time 
set for the arraignment, a written statement signed by the defendant and the 
defendant's lawyer acknowledging that the defendant has received a copy of the 
information, has read or had it read or explained, understands the substance of the 
charge, waives arraignment in open court, and pleads not guilty to the charge or 
stands mute.
(D) Preliminary Examination Transcript. The court reporter shall transcribe and file 
the record of the preliminary examination if such is demanded or ordered pursuant 
to MCL 766.15.
(E) Elimination of Arraignments. A circuit court may submit to the State Court 
Administrator pursuant to MCR 8.112(B) a local administrative order that eliminates 
arraignment for a defendant represented by an attorney, provided other 
arrangements are made to give the defendant a copy of the information.

Rule 6.120 Joinder and Severance; Single Defendant
(A) Charging Joinder. The prosecuting attorney may file an information or 
indictment that charges a single defendant with any two or more offenses. Each 
offense must be stated in a separate count. Two or more informations or 
indictments against a single defendant may be consolidated for a single trial.
(B) Postcharging Permissive Joinder or Severance. On its own initiative, the motion 
of a party, or the stipulation of all parties, except as provided in subrule (C), the
court may join offenses charged in two or more informations or indictments against 
a single defendant, or sever offenses charged in a single information or indictment 
against a single defendant, when appropriate to promote fairness to the parties and 
a fair determination of the defendant's guilt or innocence of each offense.
(1) Joinder is appropriate if the offenses are related. For purposes of this rule, 
offenses are related if they are based on
(a) the same conduct or transaction, or
(b) a series of connected acts, or
(c) a series of acts constituting parts of a single scheme or plan.
(2) Other relevant factors include the timeliness of the motion, the drain on the 
parties' resources, the potential for confusion or prejudice stemming from either 
the number of charges or the complexity or nature of the evidence, the 
potential for harassment, the convenience of witnesses, and the parties' 
readiness for trial.
(3) If the court acts on its own initiative, it must provide the parties an 
opportunity to be heard.
(C) Right of Severance; Unrelated Offenses. On the defendant's motion, the court 
must sever for separate trials offenses that are not related as defined in subrule 
(B)(1).

Rule 6.121 Joinder and Severance; Multiple Defendants
(A) Permissive Joinder. An information or indictment may charge two or more 
defendants with the same offense. It may charge two or more defendants with two 
or more offenses when
(1) each defendant is charged with accountability for each offense, or
(2) the offenses are related as defined in MCR 6.120(B).
When more than one offense is alleged, each offense must be stated in a separate 
count. Two or more informations or indictments against different defendants may 
be consolidated for a single trial whenever the defendants could be charged in the 
same information or indictment under this rule.
(B) Right of Severance; Unrelated Offenses. On a defendant's motion, the court 
must sever offenses that are not related as defined in MCR 6.120(B).
(C) Right of Severance; Related Offenses. On a defendant's motion, the court must 
sever the trial of defendants on related offenses on a showing that severance is 
necessary to avoid prejudice to substantial rights of the defendant.
(D) Discretionary Severance. On the motion of any party, the court may sever the 
trial of defendants on the ground that severance is appropriate to promote fairness 
to the parties and a fair determination of the guilt or innocence of one or more of 
the defendants. Relevant factors include the timeliness of the motion, the drain on 
the parties' resources, the potential for confusion or prejudice stemming from either 
the number of defendants or the complexity or nature of the evidence, the 
convenience of witnesses, and the parties' readiness for trial.

Rule 6.125 Mental Competency Hearing
(A) Applicable Provisions. Except as provided in these rules, a mental competency 
hearing in a criminal case is governed by MCL 330.2020 et seq.
(B) Time and Form of Motion. The issue of the defendant's competence to stand 
trial or to participate in other criminal proceedings may be raised at any time during 
the proceedings against the defendant. The issue may be raised by the court before 
which such proceedings are pending or being held, or by motion of a party. Unless 
the issue of defendant's competence arises during the course of proceedings, a 
motion raising the issue of defendant's competence must be in writing. If the 
competency issue arises during the course of proceedings, the court may adjourn 
the proceeding or, if the proceeding is defendant's trial, the court may, consonant 
with double jeopardy considerations, declare a mistrial.
(C) Order for Examination.
(1) On a showing that the defendant may be incompetent to stand trial, the 
court must order the defendant to undergo an examination by a certified or 
licensed examiner of the center for forensic psychiatry or other facility officially 
certified by the department of mental health to perform examinations relating 
to the issue of competence to stand trial.
(2) The defendant must appear for the examination as required by the court.
(3) If the defendant is held in detention pending trial, the examination may be 
performed in the place of detention or the defendant may be transported by the 
sheriff to the diagnostic facility for examination.
(4) The court may order commitment to a diagnostic facility for examination if 
the defendant fails to appear for the examination as required or if commitment 
is necessary for the performance of the examination.
(5) The defendant must be released from the facility on completion of the 
examination and, if (3) is applicable, returned to the place of detention.
(D) Independent Examination. On a showing of good cause by either party, the 
court may order an independent examination of the defendant relating to the issue 
of competence to stand trial.
(E) Hearing. A competency hearing must be held within 5 days of receipt of the 
report required by MCL 330.2028 or on conclusion of the proceedings then before 
the court, whichever is sooner, unless the court, on a showing of good cause, 
grants an adjournment.
(F) Motions; Testimony.
(1) A motion made while a defendant is incompetent to stand trial must be 
heard and decided if the presence of the defendant is not essential for a fair 
hearing and decision on the motion.
(2) Testimony may be presented on a pretrial defense motion if the defendant's 
presence could not assist the defense.

Subchapter 6.200 Discovery
Rule 6.201 Discovery
(A) Mandatory Disclosure. In addition to disclosures required by provisions of law 
other than MCL 767.94a, a party upon request must provide all other parties:
(1) the names and addresses of all lay and expert witnesses whom the party 
may call at trial; in the alternative, a party may provide the name of the 
witness and make the witness available to the other party for interview; the 
witness list may be amended without leave of the court no later than 28 days 
before trial;
(2) any written or recorded statement, including electronically recorded 
statements, pertaining to the case by a lay witness whom the party may call at 
trial, except that a defendant is not obliged to provide the defendant's own 
statement;
(3) the curriculum vitae of an expert the party may call at trial and either a 
report by the expert or a written description of the substance of the proposed 
testimony of the expert, the expert's opinion, and the underlying basis of that 
opinion;
(4) any criminal record that the party may use at trial to impeach a witness;
(5) a description or list of criminal convictions, known to the defense attorney 
or prosecuting attorney, of any witness whom the party may call at trial; and
(6) a description of and an opportunity to inspect any tangible physical 
evidence that the party may introduce at trial, including any document, 
photograph, or other paper, with copies to be provided on request. A party may 
request a hearing regarding any question of costs of reproduction, including the 
cost of providing copies of electronically recorded statements. On good cause 
shown, the court may order that a party be given the opportunity to test 
without destruction any tangible physical evidence.
(B) Discovery of Information Known to the Prosecuting Attorney. Upon request, the 
prosecuting attorney must provide each defendant:
(1) any exculpatory information or evidence known to the prosecuting attorney;
(2) any police report and interrogation records concerning the case, except so 
much of a report as concerns a continuing investigation;
(3) any written or recorded statements, including electronically recorded 
statements, by a defendant, codefendant, or accomplice pertaining to the case, 
even if that person is not a prospective witness at trial;
(4) any affidavit, warrant, and return pertaining to a search or seizure in 
connection with the case; and
(5) any plea agreement, grant of immunity, or other agreement for testimony 
in connection with the case.
(C) Prohibited Discovery.
(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this rule, there is no right to 
discover information or evidence that is protected from disclosure by 
constitution, statute, or privilege, including information or evidence protected 
by a defendant's right against self-incrimination, except as provided in subrule 
(2).
(2) If a defendant demonstrates a good-faith belief, grounded in articulable 
fact, that there is a reasonable probability that records protected by privilege 
are likely to contain material information necessary to the defense, the trial 
court shall conduct an in camera inspection of the records.
(a) If the privilege is absolute, and the privilege holder refuses to waive the 
privilege to permit an in camera inspection, the trial court shall suppress or 
strike the privilege holder's testimony.
(b) If the court is satisfied, following an in camera inspection, that the 
records reveal evidence necessary to the defense, the court shall direct that 
such evidence as is necessary to the defense be made available to defense 
counsel. If the privilege is absolute and the privilege holder refuses to waive 
the privilege to permit disclosure, the trial court shall suppress or strike the 
privilege holder's testimony.
(c) Regardless of whether the court determines that the records should be 
made available to the defense, the court shall make findings sufficient to 
facilitate meaningful appellate review.
(d) The court shall seal and preserve the records for review in the event of 
an appeal
(i) by the defendant, on an interlocutory basis or following conviction, if 
the court determines that the records should not be made available to 
the defense, or
(ii) by the prosecution, on an interlocutory basis, if the court determines 
that the records should be made available to the defense.
(e) Records disclosed under this rule shall remain in the exclusive custody 
of counsel for the parties, shall be used only for the limited purpose 
approved by the court, and shall be subject to such other terms and 
conditions as the court may provide.
(D) Excision. When some parts of material or information are discoverable and 
other parts are not discoverable, the party must disclose the discoverable parts and 
may excise the remainder. The party must inform the other party that 
nondiscoverable information has been excised and withheld. On motion, the court 
must conduct a hearing in camera to determine whether the reasons for excision 
are justifiable. If the court upholds the excision, it must seal and preserve the 
record of the hearing for review in the event of an appeal.
(E) Protective Orders. On motion and a showing of good cause, the court may enter 
an appropriate protective order. In considering whether good cause exists, the 
court shall consider the parties' interests in a fair trial; the risk to any person of
harm, undue annoyance, intimidation, embarrassment, or threats; the risk that 
evidence will be fabricated; and the need for secrecy regarding the identity of 
informants or other law enforcement matters. On motion, with notice to the other 
party, the court may permit the showing of good cause for a protective order to be 
made in camera. If the court grants a protective order, it must seal and preserve 
the record of the hearing for review in the event of an appeal.
(F) Timing of Discovery. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the prosecuting 
attorney must comply with the requirements of this rule within 21 days of a request 
under this rule and a defendant must comply with the requirements of this rule 
within 21 days of a request under this rule.
(G) Copies. Except as ordered by the court on good cause shown, a party's 
obligation to provide a photograph or paper of any kind is satisfied by providing a 
clear copy.
(H) Continuing Duty to Disclose. If at any time a party discovers additional 
information or material subject to disclosure under this rule, the party, without 
further request, must promptly notify the other party.
(I) Modification. On good cause shown, the court may order a modification of the 
requirements and prohibitions of this rule.
(J) Violation. If a party fails to comply with this rule, the court, in its discretion, 
may order the party to provide the discovery or permit the inspection of materials 
not previously disclosed, grant a continuance, prohibit the party from introducing in 
evidence the material not disclosed, or enter such other order as it deems just 
under the circumstances. Parties are encouraged to bring questions of 
noncompliance before the court at the earliest opportunity. Wilful violation by 
counsel of an applicable discovery rule or an order issued pursuant thereto may 
subject counsel to appropriate sanctions by the court. An order of the court under 
this section is reviewable only for abuse of discretion.
(K) Except as otherwise provided in MCR 2.302(B)(6), electronic materials are to be 
treated in the same manner as nonelectronic materials under this rule.  Nothing in 
this rule shall be construed to conflict with MCL 600.2163a.

Subchapter 6.300 Pleas
Rule 6.301 Available Pleas
(A) Possible Pleas. Subject to the rules in this subchapter, a defendant may plead 
not guilty, guilty, nolo contendere, guilty but mentally ill, or not guilty by reason of 
insanity. If the defendant refuses to plead or stands mute, or the court, pursuant to 
the rules, refuses to accept the defendant's plea, the court must enter a not guilty 
plea on the record. A plea of not guilty places in issue every material allegation in 
the information and permits the defendant to raise any defense not otherwise 
waived.
(B) Pleas That Require the Court's Consent. A defendant may enter a plea of nolo 
contendere only with the consent of the court.
(C) Pleas That Require the Consent of the Court and the Prosecutor. A defendant 
may enter the following pleas only with the consent of the court and the 
prosecutor:
(1) A defendant who has asserted an insanity defense may enter a plea of 
guilty but mentally ill or a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Before such a 
plea may be entered, the defendant must comply with the examination required 
by law.
(2) A defendant may enter a conditional plea of guilty, nolo contendere, guilty 
but mentally ill, or not guilty by reason of insanity. A conditional plea preserves 
for appeal a specified pretrial ruling or rulings notwithstanding the plea-based 
judgment and entitles the defendant to withdraw the plea if a specified pretrial 
ruling is overturned on appeal. The ruling or rulings as to which the defendant 
reserves the right to appeal must be specified orally on the record or in a 
writing made a part of the record. The appeal is by application for leave to 
appeal only.
(D) Pleas to Lesser Charges. The court may not accept a plea to an offense other 
than the one charged without the consent of the prosecutor.

Rule 6.302 Pleas of Guilty and Nolo Contendere
(A) Plea Requirements. The court may not accept a plea of guilty or nolo 
contendere unless it is convinced that the plea is understanding, voluntary, and 
accurate. Before accepting a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, the court must place 
the defendant or defendants under oath and personally carry out subrules (B)-(E).
(B) An Understanding Plea. Speaking directly to the defendant or defendants, the 
court must advise the defendant or defendants of the following and determine that 
each defendant understands:
(1) the name of the offense to which the defendant is pleading; the court is not 
obliged to explain the elements of the offense, or possible defenses;
(2) the maximum possible prison sentence for the offense and any mandatory 
minimum sentence required by law;
(3) if the plea is accepted, the defendant will not have a trial of any kind, and 
so gives up the rights the defendant would have at a trial, including the right:
(a) to be tried by a jury;
(b) to be presumed innocent until proved guilty;
(c) to have the prosecutor prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the 
defendant is guilty;
(d) to have the witnesses against the defendant appear at the trial;
(e) to question the witnesses against the defendant;
(f) to have the court order any witnesses the defendant has for the defense 
to appear at the trial;
(g) to remain silent during the trial;
(h) to not have that silence used against the defendant; and
(i) to testify at the trial if the defendant wants to testify.
(4) if the plea is accepted, the defendant will be giving up any claim that the 
plea was the result of promises or threats that were not disclosed to the court 
at the plea proceeding, or that it was not the defendant's own choice to enter 
the plea;
(5) any appeal from the conviction and sentence pursuant to the plea will be by 
application for leave to appeal and not by right;
The requirements of subrules (B)(3) and (B)(5) may be satisfied by a writing on 
a form approved by the State Court Administrative Office. If a court uses a 
writing, the court shall address the defendant and obtain from the defendant 
orally on the record a statement that the rights were read and understood and 
a waiver of those rights. The waiver may be obtained without repeating the 
individual rights.
(C) A Voluntary Plea.
(1) The court must ask the prosecutor and the defendant's lawyer whether they 
have made a plea agreement.
(2) If there is a plea agreement, the court must ask the prosecutor or the 
defendant's lawyer what the terms of the agreement are and confirm the terms 
of the agreement with the other lawyer and the defendant.
(3) If there is a plea agreement and its terms provide for the defendant's plea 
to be made in exchange for a specific sentence disposition or a prosecutorial 
sentence recommendation, the court may
(a) reject the agreement; or
(b) accept the agreement after having considered the presentence report, in 
which event it must sentence the defendant to the sentence agreed to or 
recommended by the prosecutor; or
(c) accept the agreement without having considered the presentence 
report; or
(d) take the plea agreement under advisement.
If the court accepts the agreement without having considered the presentence 
report or takes the plea agreement under advisement, it must explain to the 
defendant that the court is not bound to follow the sentence disposition or 
recommendation agreed to by the prosecutor, and that if the court chooses not 
to follow it, the defendant will be allowed to withdraw from the plea agreement.
(4) The court must ask the defendant:
(a) (if there is no plea agreement) whether anyone has promised the 
defendant anything, or (if there is a plea agreement) whether anyone has 
promised anything beyond what is in the plea agreement;
(b) whether anyone has threatened the defendant; and
(c) whether it is the defendant's own choice to plead guilty.
(D) An Accurate Plea.
(1) If the defendant pleads guilty, the court, by questioning the defendant, 
must establish support for a finding that the defendant is guilty of the offense 
charged or the offense to which the defendant is pleading.
(2) If the defendant pleads nolo contendere, the court may not question the 
defendant about participation in the crime. The court must:
(a) state why a plea of nolo contendere is appropriate; and
(b) hold a hearing, unless there has been one, that establishes support for a 
finding that the defendant is guilty of the offense charged or the offense to 
which the defendant is pleading.
(E) Additional Inquiries. On completing the colloquy with the defendant, the court 
must ask the prosecutor and the defendant's lawyer whether either is aware of any 
promises, threats, or inducements other than those already disclosed on the record, 
and whether the court has complied with subrules (B)-(D). If it appears to the court 
that it has failed to comply with subrules (B)-(D), the court may not accept the 
defendant's plea until the deficiency is corrected.
(F) Plea Under Advisement; Plea Record. The court may take the plea under 
advisement. A verbatim record must be made of the plea proceeding.

Rule 6.303 Plea of Guilty but Mentally Ill
Before accepting a plea of guilty but mentally ill, the court must comply with the 
requirements of MCR 6.302. In addition to establishing a factual basis for the plea 
pursuant to MCR 6.302(D)(1) or (D)(2)(b), the court must examine the psychiatric 
reports prepared and hold a hearing that establishes support for a finding that the 
defendant was mentally ill, at the time of the offense to which the plea is entered. 
The reports must be made a part of the record.

Rule 6.304 Plea of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
(A) Advice to Defendant. Before accepting a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, 
the court must comply with the requirements of MCR 6.302 except that subrule (C) 
of this rule, rather than MCR 6.302(D), governs the manner of determining the 
accuracy of the plea.
(B) Additional Advice Required. After complying with the applicable requirements of 
MCR 6.302, the court must advise the defendant, and determine whether the 
defendant understands, that the plea will result in the defendant's commitment for 
diagnostic examination at the center for forensic psychiatry for up to 60 days, and 
that after the examination, the probate court may order the defendant to be 
committed for an indefinite period of time.
(C) Factual Basis. Before accepting a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, the 
court must examine the psychiatric reports prepared and hold a hearing that 
establishes support for findings that
(1) the defendant committed the acts charged, and
(2) that, by a preponderance of the evidence, the defendant was legally insane 
at the time of the offense.
(D) Report of Plea. After accepting the defendant's plea, the court must forward to 
the center for forensic psychiatry a full report, in the form of a settled record, of the 
facts concerning the crime to which the defendant pleaded and the defendant's 
mental state at the time of the crime.

Rule 6.310 Withdrawal or Vacation of Plea
(A) Withdrawal Before Acceptance. The defendant has a right to withdraw any plea 
until the court accepts it on the record.
(B) Withdrawal After Acceptance but Before Sentence. After acceptance but before 
sentence,
(1) a plea may be withdrawn on the defendant's motion or with the defendant's 
consent, only in the interest of justice, and may not be withdrawn if withdrawal 
of the plea would substantially prejudice the prosecutor because of reliance on 
the plea. If the defendant's motion is based on an error in the plea proceeding, 
the court must permit the defendant to withdraw the plea if it would be required 
by subrule (C).
(2) the defendant is entitled to withdraw the plea if
(a) the plea involves a prosecutorial sentence recommendation or 
agreement for a specific sentence, and the court states that it is unable to 
follow the agreement or recommendation; the trial court shall then state 
the sentence it intends to impose, and provide the defendant the 
opportunity to affirm or withdraw the plea; or
(b) the plea involves a statement by the court that it will sentence to a 
specified term or within a specified range, and the court states that it is 
unable to sentence as stated; the trial court shall provide the defendant the 
opportunity to affirm or withdraw the plea, but shall not state the sentence 
it intends to impose.
(C) Motion to Withdraw Plea After Sentence. The defendant may file a motion to 
withdraw the plea within 6 months after sentence. Thereafter, the defendant may 
seek relief only in accordance with the procedure set forth in subchapter 6.500. If 
the trial court determines that there was an error in the plea proceeding that would 
entitle the defendant to have the plea set aside, the court must give the advice or 
make the inquiries necessary to rectify the error and then give the defendant the 
opportunity to elect to allow the plea and sentence to stand or to withdraw the 
plea. If the defendant elects to allow the plea and sentence to stand, the additional 
advice given and inquiries made become part of the plea proceeding for the 
purposes of further proceedings, including appeals.
(D) Preservation of Issues. A defendant convicted on the basis of a plea may not 
raise on appeal any claim of noncompliance with the requirements of the rules in 
this subchapter, or any other claim that the plea was not an understanding, 
voluntary, or accurate one, unless the defendant has moved to withdraw the plea in 
the trial court, raising as a basis for withdrawal the claim sought to be raised on 
appeal.
(E) Vacation of Plea on Prosecutor's Motion. On the prosecutor's motion, the court 
may vacate a plea if the defendant has failed to comply with the terms of a plea 
agreement.

Rule 6.312 Effect of Withdrawal or Vacation of Plea
If a plea is withdrawn by the defendant or vacated by the trial court or an appellate 
court, the case may proceed to trial on any charges that had been brought or that 
could have been brought against the defendant if the plea had not been entered

Subchapter 6.400 Trials
Rule 6.401 Right to Trial by Jury or by the Court
The defendant has the right to be tried by a jury, or may, with the consent of the 
prosecutor and approval by the court, elect to waive that right and be tried before 
the court without a jury.

Rule 6.402 Waiver of Jury Trial by the Defendant
(A) Time of Waiver. The court may not accept a waiver of trial by jury until after 
the defendant has been arraigned or has waived an arraignment on the 
information, or, in a court where arraignment on the information has been 
eliminated under MCR 6.113(E), after the defendant has otherwise been provided 
with a copy of the information, and has been offered an opportunity to consult with 
a lawyer.
(B) Waiver and Record Requirements. Before accepting a waiver, the court must 
advise the defendant in open court of the constitutional right to trial by jury. The 
court must also ascertain, by addressing the defendant personally, that the 
defendant understands the right and that the defendant voluntarily chooses to give 
up that right and to be tried by the court. A verbatim record must be made of the 
waiver proceeding.
Rule 6.403 Trial by the Judge in Waiver Cases
When trial by jury has been waived, the court with jurisdiction must proceed with 
the trial. The court must find the facts specially, state separately its conclusions of 
law, and direct entry of the appropriate judgment. The court must state its findings 
and conclusions on the record or in a written opinion made a part of the record.

Rule 6.410 Jury Trial; Number of Jurors; Unanimous Verdict
(A) Number of Jurors. Except as provided in this rule, a jury that decides a case 
must consist of 12 jurors. At any time before a verdict is returned, the parties may 
stipulate with the court's consent to have the case decided by a jury consisting of a 
specified number of jurors less than 12. On being informed of the parties' 
willingness to stipulate, the court must personally advise the defendant of the right 
to have the case decided by a jury consisting of 12 jurors. By addressing the 
defendant personally, the court must ascertain that the defendant understands the 
right and that the defendant voluntarily chooses to give up that right as provided in 
the stipulation. If the court finds that the requirements for a valid waiver have been 
satisfied, the court may accept the stipulation. Even if the requirements for a valid
waiver have been satisfied, the court may, in the interest of justice, refuse to 
accept a stipulation, but it must state its reasons for doing so on the record. The 
stipulation and procedure described in this subrule must take place in open court 
and a verbatim record must be made.
(B) Unanimous Verdicts. A jury verdict must be unanimous.

Rule 6.411 Additional Jurors
The court may impanel more than 12 jurors. If more than the number of jurors 
required to decide the case are left on the jury before deliberations are to begin, 
the names of the jurors must be placed in a container and names drawn from it to 
reduce the number of jurors to the number required to decide the case. The court 
may retain the alternate jurors during deliberations. If the court does so, it shall 
instruct the alternate jurors not to discuss the case with any other person until the 
jury completes its deliberations and is discharged. If an alternate juror replaces a 
juror after the jury retires to consider its verdict, the court shall instruct the jury to 
begin its deliberations anew.
Rule 6.412 Selection of the Jury
(A) Selecting and Impaneling the Jury. Except as otherwise provided by the rules in 
this subchapter, MCR 2.510 and 2.511 govern the procedure for selecting and 
impaneling the jury.
(B) Instructions and Oath Before Selection. Before beginning the jury selection 
process, the court should give the prospective jurors appropriate preliminary 
instructions and must have them sworn.
(C) Voir Dire of Prospective Jurors.
(1) Scope and Purpose. The scope of voir dire examination of prospective jurors 
is within the discretion of the court. It should be conducted for the purposes of 
discovering grounds for challenges for cause and of gaining knowledge to 
facilitate an intelligent exercise of peremptory challenges. The court should 
confine the examination to these purposes and prevent abuse of the 
examination process.
(2) Conduct of the Examination. The court may conduct the examination of 
prospective jurors or permit the lawyers to do so. If the court conducts the 
examination, it may permit the lawyers to supplement the examination by 
direct questioning or by submitting questions for the court to ask. On its own 
initiative or on the motion of a party, the court may provide for a prospective 
juror or jurors to be questioned out of the presence of the other jurors.
(D) Challenges for Cause.
(1) Grounds. A prospective juror is subject to challenge for cause on any 
ground set forth in MCR 2.511(D) or for any other reason recognized by law.
(2) Procedure. If, after the examination of any juror, the court finds that a 
ground for challenging a juror for cause is present, the court on its own 
initiative should, or on motion of either party must, excuse the juror from the 
panel.
(E) Peremptory Challenges.
(1) Challenges by Right. Each defendant is entitled to 5 peremptory challenges 
unless an offense charged is punishable by life imprisonment, in which case a 
defendant being tried alone is entitled to 12 peremptory challenges, 2 
defendants being tried jointly are each entitled to 10 peremptory challenges, 3 
defendants being tried jointly are each entitled to 9 peremptory challenges, 4 
defendants being tried jointly are each entitled to 8 peremptory challenges, and 
5 or more defendants being tried jointly are each entitled to 7 peremptory 
challenges. The prosecutor is entitled to the same number of peremptory 
challenges as a defendant being tried alone, or, in the case of jointly tried 
defendants, the total number of peremptory challenges to which all the 
defendants are entitled.
(2) Additional Challenges. On a showing of good cause, the court may grant one 
or more of the parties an increased number of peremptory challenges. The 
additional challenges granted by the court need not be equal for each party.
(F) Oath After Selection. After the jury is selected and before trial begins, the court 
must have the jurors sworn.
Rule 6.416 Presentation of Evidence
Subject to the rules in this chapter and to the Michigan rules of evidence, each 
party has discretion in deciding what witnesses and evidence to present.

Rule 6.419 Motion for Directed Verdict of Acquittal
(A) Before Submission to Jury. After the prosecutor has rested the prosecution's 
case-in-chief and before the defendant presents proofs, the court on its own 
initiative may, or on the defendant's motion must, direct a verdict of acquittal on 
any charged offense as to which the evidence is insufficient to support conviction. 
The court may not reserve decision on the defendant's motion. If the defendant's 
motion is made after the defendant presents proofs, the court may reserve decision 
on the motion, submit the case to the jury, and decide the motion before or after 
the jury has completed its deliberations.
(B) After Jury Verdict. After a jury verdict, the defendant may file an original or 
renewed motion for directed verdict of acquittal in the same manner as provided by 
MCR 6.431(A) for filing a motion for a new trial.
(C) Bench Trial. In an action tried without a jury, after the prosecutor has rested 
the prosecution's case-in-chief, the defendant, without waiving the right to offer 
evidence if the motion is not granted, may move for acquittal on the ground that a 
reasonable doubt exists. The court may then determine the facts and render a 
verdict of acquittal, or may decline to render judgment until the close of all the 
evidence. If the court renders a verdict of acquittal, the court shall make findings of 
fact.
(D) Conditional New Trial Ruling. If the court grants a directed verdict of acquittal 
after the jury has returned a guilty verdict, it must also conditionally rule on any 
motion for a new trial by determining whether it would grant the motion if the 
directed verdict of acquittal is vacated or reversed.
(E) Explanation of Rulings on Record. The court must state orally on the record or 
in a written ruling made a part of the record its reasons for granting or denying a 
motion for a directed verdict of acquittal and for conditionally granting or denying a 
motion for a new trial.

Rule 6.420 Verdict
(A) Return. The jury must return its verdict in open court.
(B) Several Defendants. If two or more defendants are jointly on trial, the jury at 
any time during its deliberations may return a verdict with respect to any defendant 
as to whom it has agreed. If the jury cannot reach a verdict with respect to any 
other defendant, the court may declare a mistrial as to that defendant.
(C) Several Counts. If a defendant is charged with two or more counts, and the 
court determines that the jury is deadlocked so that a mistrial must be declared, 
the court may inquire of the jury whether it has reached a unanimous verdict on 
any of the counts charged, and, if so, may accept the jury's verdict on that count or 
counts.
(D) Poll of Jury. Before the jury is discharged, the court on its own initiative may, or 
on the motion of a party must, have each juror polled in open court as to whether 
the verdict announced is that juror's verdict. If polling discloses the jurors are not 
in agreement, the court may (1) discontinue the poll and order the jury to retire for 
further deliberations, or (2) either (a) with the defendant's consent, or (b) after 
determining that the jury is deadlocked or that some other manifest necessity 
exists, declare a mistrial and discharge the jury.

Rule 6.425 Sentencing; Appointment of Appellate Counsel
(A) Presentence Report; Contents. 
(1) Prior to sentencing, the probation officer must investigate the defendant's 
background and character, verify material information, and report in writing the 
results of the investigation to the court. The report must be succinct and, 
depending on the circumstances, include:
(a) a description of the defendant's prior criminal convictions and juvenile 
adjudications,
(b) a complete description of the offense and the circumstances surrounding it,
(c) a brief description of the defendant's vocational background and work 
history, including military record and present employment status,
(d) a brief social history of the defendant, including marital status, financial 
status, length of residence in the community, educational background, and 
other pertinent data,
(e) the defendant's medical history, substance abuse history, if any, and, if 
indicated, a current psychological or psychiatric report,
(f) information concerning the financial, social, psychological, or physical harm 
suffered by any victim of the offense, including the restitution needs of the 
victim,
(g) if provided and requested by the victim, a written victim's impact statement 
as provided by law,
(h) any statement the defendant wishes to make,
(i) a statement prepared by the prosecutor on the applicability of any 
consecutive sentencing provision,
(j) an evaluation of and prognosis for the defendant's adjustment in the 
community based on factual information in the report,
(k) a specific recommendation for disposition, and
(l) any other information that may aid the court in sentencing.
(2) A presentence investigation report shall not include any address or telephone 
number for the home, workplace, school, or place of worship of any victim or 
witness, or a family member of any victim or witness, unless an address is used to 
identify the place of the crime or to impose conditions of release from custody that 
are necessary for the protection of a named individual.  Upon request, any other 
address or telephone number that would reveal the location of a victim or witness 
or a family member of a victim or witness shall be exempted from disclosure unless 
an address is used to identify the place of the crime or to impose conditions of 
release from custody that are necessary for the protection of a named individual.  
(3) Regardless of the sentence imposed, the court must have a copy of the 
presentence report and of any psychiatric report sent to the Department of 
Corrections. If the defendant is sentenced to prison, the copies must be sent with 
the commitment papers.
(B) Presentence Report; Disclosure Before Sentencing. The court must provide 
copies of the presentence report to the prosecutor, and the defendant's lawyer, or 
the defendant if not represented by a lawyer, at a reasonable time, but not less 
than two business days, before the day of sentencing.  The prosecutor and the 
defendant’s lawyer, or the defendant if not represented by a lawyer, may retain a 
copy of the report or an amended report.  If the presentence report is not made 
available to the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyer, or the defendant if not 
represented by a lawyer, at least two business days before the day of sentencing, 
the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyer, or the defendant if not represented by a 
lawyer, shall be entitled, on oral motion, to an adjournment of the day of 
sentencing to enable the moving party to review the presentence report and to 
prepare any necessary corrections, additions, or deletions to present to the court.  
The court may exempt from disclosure information or diagnostic opinion that might 
seriously disrupt a program of rehabilitation and sources of information that have 
been obtained on a promise of confidentiality.  When part of the report is not 
disclosed, the court must inform the parties that information has not been disclosed 
and state on the record the reasons for nondisclosure.  To the extent it can do so 
without defeating the purpose of nondisclosure, the court also must provide the 
parties with a written or oral summary of the nondisclosed information and give 
them an opportunity to comment on it.  The court must have the information 
exempted from disclosure specifically noted in the report.  The court’s decision to 
exempt part of the report from disclosure is subject to appellate review.
(C) Presentence Report; Disclosure After Sentencing. After sentencing, the court, 
on written request, must provide the prosecutor, the defendant's lawyer, or the 
defendant not represented by a lawyer, with a copy of the presentence report and
any attachments to it. The court must exempt from disclosure any information the 
sentencing court exempted from disclosure pursuant to subrule (B).
(D) Sentencing Guidelines. The court must use the sentencing guidelines, as 
provided by law. Proposed scoring of the guidelines shall accompany the 
presentence report. 
(E) Sentencing Procedure.
(1) The court must sentence the defendant within a reasonably prompt time 
after the plea or verdict unless the court delays sentencing as provided by law. 
At sentencing, the court must, on the record:
(a) determine that the defendant, the defendant's lawyer, and the 
prosecutor have had an opportunity to read and discuss the presentence 
report,
(b) give each party an opportunity to explain, or challenge the accuracy or 
relevancy of, any information in the presentence report, and resolve any 
challenges in accordance with the procedure set forth in subrule (E)(2),
(c) give the defendant, the defendant's lawyer, the prosecutor, and the 
victim an opportunity to advise the court of any circumstances they believe 
the court should consider in imposing sentence,
(d) state the sentence being imposed, including the minimum and 
maximum sentence if applicable, together with any credit for time served to 
which the defendant is entitled,
(e) if the sentence imposed is not within the guidelines range, articulate the 
substantial and compelling reasons justifying that specific departure, and
(f) order that the defendant make full restitution as required by law to any 
victim of the defendant's course of conduct that gives rise to the conviction, 
or to that victim's estate.
(2) Resolution of Challenges. If any information in the presentence report is 
challenged, the court must allow the parties to be heard regarding the 
challenge, and make a finding with respect to the challenge or determine that a 
finding is unnecessary because it will not take the challenged information into 
account in sentencing. If the court finds merit in the challenge or determines 
that it will not take the challenged information into account in sentencing, it 
must direct the probation officer to
(a) correct or delete the challenged information in the report, whichever is 
appropriate, and
(b) provide defendant's lawyer with an opportunity to review the corrected 
report before it is sent to the Department of Corrections.
(F) Advice Concerning the Right to Appeal; Appointment of Counsel.
(1) In a case involving a conviction following a trial, immediately after imposing 
sentence, the court must advise the defendant, on the record, that
(a) the defendant is entitled to appellate review of the conviction and 
sentence,
(b) if the defendant is financially unable to retain a lawyer, the court will 
appoint a lawyer to represent the defendant on appeal, and
(c) the request for a lawyer must be made within 42 days after sentencing.
(2) In a case involving a conviction following a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, 
immediately after imposing sentence, the court must advise the defendant, on 
the record, that
(a) the defendant is entitled to file an application for leave to appeal,
(b) if the defendant is financially unable to retain a lawyer, the court will 
appoint a lawyer to represent the defendant on appeal, and
(c) the request for a lawyer must be made within 42 days after sentencing.
(3) The court also must give the defendant a request for counsel form 
containing an instruction informing the defendant that the form must be 
completed and returned to the court within 42 days after sentencing if the 
defendant wants the court to appoint a lawyer.
(4) When imposing sentence in a case in which sentencing guidelines enacted in 
1998 PA 317, MCL 777.1 et seq., are applicable, if the court imposes a 
minimum sentence that is longer or more severe than the range provided by 
the sentencing guidelines, the court must advise the defendant on the record 
and in writing that the defendant may seek appellate review of the sentence, by 
right if the conviction followed trial or by application if the conviction entered by 
plea, on the ground that it is longer or more severe than the range provided by 
the sentencing guidelines. 
(G) Appointment of Lawyer; Trial Court Responsibilities in Connection with Appeal.
(1) Appointment of Lawyer.
(a) Unless there is a postjudgment motion pending, the court must rule on 
a defendant's request for a lawyer within 14 days after receiving it. If there 
is a postjudgment motion pending, the court must rule on the request after 
the court's disposition of the pending motion and within 14 days after that 
disposition.
(b) In a case involving a conviction following a trial, if the defendant is 
indigent, the court must enter an order appointing a lawyer if the request is 
filed within 42 days after sentencing or within the time for filing an appeal 
of right.  The court should liberally grant an untimely request as long as the 
defendant may file an application for leave to appeal.
(c) In a case involving a conviction following a plea of guilty or nolo 
contendere, if the defendant is indigent, the court must enter an order 
appointing a lawyer if the request is filed within 42 days after sentencing.
(d) Scope of Appellate Lawyer's Responsibilities. The responsibilities of the 
appellate lawyer appointed to represent the defendant include representing 
the defendant
(i) in available postconviction proceedings in the trial court the lawyer 
deems appropriate,
(ii) in postconviction proceedings in the Court of Appeals,
(iii) in available proceedings in the trial court the lawyer deems 
appropriate under MCR 7.208(B) or 7.211(C)(1), and
(iv) as appellee in relation to any postconviction appeal taken by the 
prosecutor.
(2) Order to Prepare Transcript. The appointment order also must
(a) direct the court reporter to prepare and file, within the time limits 
specified in MCR 7.210,
(i) the trial or plea proceeding transcript,
(ii) the sentencing transcript, and
(iii) such transcripts of other proceedings, not previously transcribed, 
that the court directs or the parties request, and
(b) provide for the payment of the reporter's fees.
The court must promptly serve a copy of the order on the prosecutor, the 
defendant, the appointed lawyer, the court reporter, and the Michigan Appellate 
Assigned Counsel System. If the appointed lawyer timely requests additional 
transcripts, the trial court shall order such transcripts within 14 days after 
receiving the request.
(3) Order as Claim of Appeal; Trial Cases. In a case involving a conviction 
following a trial, if the defendant's request for a lawyer, timely or not, was 
made within the time for filing a claim of appeal, the order described in subrules 
(G)(1) and (2) must be entered on a form approved by the State Court 
Administrative Office, entitled "Claim of Appeal and Appointment of Counsel," 
and the court must immediately send to the Court of Appeals a copy of the 
order and a copy of the judgment being appealed. The court also must file in 
the Court of Appeals proof of having made service of the order as required in 
subrule (G)(2). Entry of the order by the trial court pursuant to this subrule 
constitutes a timely filed claim of appeal for the purposes of MCR 7.204.

Rule 6.427 Judgment
Within 7 days after sentencing, the court must date and sign a written judgment of 
sentence that includes:
(1) the title and file number of the case;
(2) the defendant's name;
(3) the crime for which the defendant was convicted;
(4) the defendant's plea;
(5) the name of the defendant's attorney if one appeared;
(6) the jury's verdict or the finding of guilt by the court;
(7) the term of the sentence;
(8) the place of detention;
(9) the conditions incident to the sentence; and
(10) whether the conviction is reportable to the Secretary of State pursuant to 
statute, and, if so, the defendant's Michigan driver's license number.
If the defendant was found not guilty or for any other reason is entitled to be 
discharged, the court must enter judgment accordingly. The date a judgment is 
signed is its entry date.

Rule 6.428 Reissuance of Judgment.
If the defendant did not appeal within the time allowed by MCR 7.204(A)(2) and 
demonstrates that the attorney or attorneys retained or appointed to represent the 
defendant on direct appeal from the judgment either disregarded the defendant's 
instruction to perfect a timely appeal of right, or otherwise failed to provide 
effective assistance, and, but for counsel's deficient performance, the defendant 
would have perfected a timely appeal of right, the trial court shall issue an order 
restarting the time in which to file an appeal of right.

Rule 6.429 Correction and Appeal of Sentence
Authority to Modify Sentence. A motion to correct an invalid sentence may be filed 
by either party. The court may correct an invalid sentence, but the court may not 
modify a valid sentence after it has been imposed except as provided by law.
(B) Time For Filing Motion.
(1) A motion to correct an invalid sentence may be filed before the filing of a 
timely claim of appeal.
(2) If a claim of appeal has been filed, a motion to correct an invalid sentence 
may only be filed in accordance with the procedure set forth in MCR 7.208(B) or 
the remand procedure set forth in MCR 7.211(C)(1).
(3) If the defendant may only appeal by leave or fails to file a timely claim of 
appeal, a motion to correct an invalid sentence may be filed within 6 months of 
entry of the judgment of conviction and sentence.
(4) If the defendant is no longer entitled to appeal by right or by leave, the 
defendant may seek relief pursuant to the procedure set forth in subchapter 
6.500.
(C) Preservation of Issues Concerning Sentencing Guidelines Scoring and 
Information Considered in Sentencing. A party shall not raise on appeal an issue 
challenging the scoring of the sentencing guidelines or challenging the accuracy of 
information relied upon in determining a sentence that is within the appropriate 
guidelines sentence range unless the party has raised the issue at sentencing, in a 
proper motion for resentencing, or in a proper motion to remand filed in the court 
of appeals.

Rule 6.431 New Trial
(A) Time for Making Motion.
(1) A motion for a new trial may be filed before the filing of a timely claim of 
appeal.
(2) If a claim of appeal has been filed, a motion for a new trial may only be filed 
in accordance with the procedure set forth in MCR 7.208(B) or the remand 
procedure set forth in MCR 7.211(C)(1).
(3) If the defendant may only appeal by leave or fails to file a timely claim of 
appeal, a motion for a new trial may be filed within 6 months of entry of the 
judgment of conviction and sentence.
(4) If the defendant is no longer entitled to appeal by right or by leave, the 
defendant may seek relief pursuant to the procedure set forth in subchapter 
6.500.
(B) Reasons for Granting. On the defendant's motion, the court may order a new 
trial on any ground that would support appellate reversal of the conviction or 
because it believes that the verdict has resulted in a miscarriage of justice. The 
court must state its reasons for granting or denying a new trial orally on the record 
or in a written ruling made a part of the record.
(C) Trial Without Jury. If the court tried the case without a jury, it may, on granting 
a new trial and with the defendant's consent, vacate any judgment it has entered, 
take additional testimony, amend its findings of fact and conclusions of law, and 
order the entry of a new judgment.
(D) Inclusion of Motion for Judgment of Acquittal. The court must consider a motion 
for a new trial challenging the weight or sufficiency of the evidence as including a 
motion for a directed verdict of acquittal.

Rule 6.433 Documents for Postconviction Proceedings; Indigent Defendant
(A) Appeals of Right. An indigent defendant may file a written request with the 
sentencing court for specified court documents or transcripts, indicating that they 
are required to pursue an appeal of right. The court must order the clerk to provide 
the defendant with copies of documents without cost to the defendant, and, unless 
the transcript has already been ordered as provided in MCR 6.425(G)(2), must 
order the preparation of the transcript.
(B) Appeals by Leave. An indigent defendant who may file an application for leave 
to appeal may obtain copies of transcripts and other documents as provided in this 
subrule.
(1) The defendant must make a written request to the sentencing court for 
specified documents or transcripts indicating that they are required to prepare 
an application for leave to appeal.
(2) If the requested materials have been filed with the court and not provided 
previously to the defendant, the court clerk must provide a copy to the 
defendant. If the requested materials have been provided previously to the
defendant, on defendant's showing of good cause to the court, the clerk must 
provide the defendant with another copy.
(3) If the request includes the transcript of a proceeding that has not been 
transcribed, the court must order the materials transcribed and filed with court. 
After the transcript has been prepared, court clerk must provide a copy to the 
defendant.
(C) Other Postconviction Proceedings. An indigent defendant who is not eligible to 
file an appeal of right or an application for leave to appeal may obtain records and 
documents as provided in this subrule.
(1) The defendant must make a written request to the sentencing court for 
specific court documents or transcripts indicating that the materials are 
required to pursue postconviction remedies in a state or federal court and are 
not otherwise available to the defendant.
(2) If the documents or transcripts have been filed with the court and not 
provided previously to the defendant, the clerk must provide the defendant with 
copies of such materials without cost to the defendant.  If the requested 
materials have been provided previously to the defendant, on defendant’s 
showing of good cause to the court, the clerk must provide the defendant with 
another copy.
(3) The court may order the transcription of additional proceedings if it finds 
that there is good cause for doing so. After such a transcript has been 
prepared, the clerk must provide a copy to the defendant.
(4) Nothing in this rule precludes the court from ordering materials to be 
supplied to the defendant in a proceeding under subchapter 6.500.

Rule 6.435 Correcting Mistakes
(A) Clerical Mistakes. Clerical mistakes in judgments, orders, or other parts of the 
record and errors arising from oversight or omission may be corrected by the court 
at any time on its own initiative or on motion of a party, and after notice if the 
court orders it.
(B) Substantive Mistakes. After giving the parties an opportunity to be heard, and 
provided it has not yet entered judgment in the case, the court may reconsider and 
modify, correct, or rescind any order it concludes was erroneous.
(C) Correction of Record. If a dispute arises as to whether the record accurately 
reflects what occurred in the trial court, the court, after giving the parties the 
opportunity to be heard, must resolve the dispute and, if necessary, order the 
record to be corrected.
(D) Correction During Appeal. If a claim of appeal has been filed or leave to appeal 
granted in the case, corrections under this rule are subject to MCR 7.208(A) and 
(B).

Rule 6.440 Disability of Judge
(A) During Jury Trial. If, by reason of death, sickness, or other disability, the judge 
before whom a jury trial has commenced is unable to continue with the trial, 
another judge regularly sitting in or assigned to the court, on certification of having 
become familiar with the record of the trial, may proceed with and complete the 
trial.
(B) During Bench Trial. If a judge becomes disabled during a trial without a jury, 
another judge may be substituted for the disabled judge, but only if
(1) both parties consent in writing to the substitution, and
(2) the judge certifies having become familiar with the record of the trial, 
including the testimony previously given.
(C) After Verdict. If, after a verdict is returned or findings of fact and conclusions of 
law are filed, the trial judge because of disability becomes unable to perform the 
remaining duties the court must perform, another judge regularly sitting in or 
assigned to the court may perform those duties; but if that judge is not satisfied of 
an ability to perform those duties because of not having presided at the trial or 
determines that it is appropriate for any other reason, the judge may grant the 
defendant a new trial.

Rule 6.445 Probation Revocation
(A) Issuance of Summons; Warrant. On finding probable cause to believe that a 
probationer has violated a condition of probation, the court may
(1) issue a summons in accordance with MCR 6.103(B) and (C) for the 
probationer to appear for arraignment on the alleged violation, or
(2) issue a warrant for the arrest of the probationer.
An arrested probationer must promptly be brought before the court for arraignment 
on the alleged violation.
(B) Arraignment on the Charge. At the arraignment on the alleged probation 
violation, the court must
(1) ensure that the probationer receives written notice of the alleged violation,
(2) advise the probationer that
(a) the probationer has a right to contest the charge at a hearing, and
(b) the probationer is entitled to a lawyer's assistance at the hearing and at 
all subsequent court proceedings, and that the court will appoint a lawyer at 
public expense if the probationer wants one and is financially unable to 
retain one,
(3) if requested and appropriate, appoint a lawyer,
(4) determine what form of release, if any, is appropriate, and
(5) subject to subrule (C), set a reasonably prompt hearing date or postpone 
the hearing.
(C) Scheduling or Postponement of Hearing. The hearing of a probationer being
held in custody for an alleged probation violation must be held within 14 days after 
the arraignment or the court must order the probationer released from that custody 
pending the hearing. If the alleged violation is based on a criminal offense that is a 
basis for a separate criminal prosecution, the court may postpone the hearing for 
the outcome of that prosecution.
(D) Continuing Duty to Advise of Right to Assistance of Lawyer. Even though a 
probationer charged with probation violation has waived the assistance of a lawyer, 
at each subsequent proceeding the court must comply with the advice and waiver 
procedure in MCR 6.005(E).
(E) The Violation Hearing.
(1) Conduct of the Hearing. The evidence against the probationer must be 
disclosed to the probationer. The probationer has the right to be present at the 
hearing, to present evidence, and to examine and cross-examine witnesses. 
The court may consider only evidence that is relevant to the violation alleged, 
but it need not apply the rules of evidence except those pertaining to privileges. 
The state has the burden of proving a violation by a preponderance of the 
evidence.
(2) Judicial Findings. At the conclusion of the hearing, the court must make 
findings in accordance with MCR 6.403.
(F) Pleas of Guilty. The probationer may, at the arraignment or afterward, plead 
guilty to the violation. Before accepting a guilty plea, the court, speaking directly to 
the probationer and receiving the probationer's response, must
(1) advise the probationer that by pleading guilty the probationer is giving up 
the right to a contested hearing and, if the probationer is proceeding without 
legal representation, the right to a lawyer's assistance as set forth in subrule 
(B)(2)(b),
(2) advise the probationer of the maximum possible jail or prison sentence for 
the offense,
(3) ascertain that the plea is understandingly, voluntarily, and accurately made, 
and
(4) establish factual support for a finding that the probationer is guilty of the 
alleged violation.
(G) Sentencing. If the court finds that the probationer has violated a condition of 
probation, or if the probationer pleads guilty to a violation, the court may continue 
probation, modify the conditions of probation, extend the probation period, or 
revoke probation and impose a sentence of incarceration. The court may not 
sentence the probationer to prison without having considered a current presentence 
report and having complied with the provisions set forth in MCR 6.425(B) and (E).
(H) Review.
(1) In a case involving a sentence of incarceration under subrule (G), the court 
must advise the probationer on the record, immediately after imposing 
sentence, that
(a) the probationer has a right to appeal, if the underlying conviction 
occurred as a result of a trial, or
(b) the probationer is entitled to file an application for leave to appeal, if the 
underlying conviction was the result of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.
(2) In a case that involves a sentence other than incarceration under subrule 
(G), the court must advise the probationer on the record, immediately after 
imposing sentence, that the probationer is entitled to file an application for 
leave to appeal.

Subchapter 6.500 Postappeal Relief
Rule 6.501 Scope of Subchapter
Unless otherwise specified by these rules, a judgment of conviction and sentence 
entered by the circuit court or the Recorder's Court for the City of Detroit not 
subject to appellate review under subchapters 7.200 or 7.300 may be reviewed 
only in accordance with the provisions of this subchapter.
Rule 6.502 Motion for Relief From Judgment
(A) Nature of Motion. The request for relief under this subchapter must be in the 
form of a motion to set aside or modify the judgment. The motion must specify all 
of the grounds for relief which are available to the defendant and of which the 
defendant has, or by the exercise of due diligence, should have knowledge.
(B) Limitations on Motion. A motion may seek relief from one judgment only. If the 
defendant desires to challenge the validity of additional judgments, the defendant 
must do so by separate motions. For the purpose of this rule, multiple convictions 
resulting from a single trial or plea proceeding shall be treated as a single 
judgment.
(C) Form of Motion. The motion may not be noticed for hearing, and must be typed 
or legibly handwritten and include a verification by the defendant or defendant's 
lawyer in accordance with MCR 2.114.  Except as otherwise ordered by the court, 
the combined length of the motion and any memorandum of law in support may not 
exceed 50 pages double-spaced, exclusive of attachments and exhibits.  If the 
court enters an order increasing the page limit for the motion, the same order shall 
indicate that the page limit for the prosecutor’s response provided for in MCR 
6.506(A) is increased by the same amount.  The motion must be substantially in 
the form approved by the State Court Administrative Office, and must include:
(1) The name of the defendant;
(2) The name of the court in which the defendant was convicted and the file 
number of the defendant's case;
(3) The place where the defendant is confined, or, if not confined, the 
defendant's current address;
(4) The offenses for which the defendant was convicted and sentenced;
(5) The date on which the defendant was sentenced;
(6) Whether the defendant was convicted by a jury, by a judge without jury, or 
on a plea of guilty, guilty but mentally ill, or nolo contendere;
(7) The sentence imposed (probation, fine, and/or imprisonment), the length of 
the sentence imposed, and whether the defendant is now serving that 
sentence;
(8) The name of the judge who presided at trial and imposed sentence;
(9) The court, title, and file number of any proceeding (including appeals and 
federal court proceedings) instituted by the defendant to obtain relief from 
conviction or sentence, specifying whether a proceeding is pending or has been 
completed;
(10) The name of each lawyer who represented the defendant at any time after 
arrest, and the stage of the case at which each represented the defendant;
(11) The relief requested;
(12) The grounds for the relief requested;
(13) The facts supporting each ground, stated in summary form;
(14) Whether any of the grounds for the relief requested were raised before; if 
so, at what stage of the case, and, if not, the reasons they were not raised;
(15) Whether the defendant requests the appointment of counsel, and, if so, 
information necessary for the court to determine whether the defendant is 
entitled to appointment of counsel at public expense.
Upon request, the clerk of each court with trial level jurisdiction over felony cases 
shall make available blank motion forms without charge to any person desiring to 
file such a motion.
(D) Return of Insufficient Motion. If a motion is not submitted on a form approved 
by the State Court Administrative Office, or does not substantially comply with the 
requirements of these rules, the court shall either direct that it be returned to the 
defendant with a statement of the reasons for its return, along with the appropriate 
form, or adjudicate the motion under the provisions of these rules. The clerk of the 
court shall retain a copy of the motion.
(E) Attachments to Motion. The defendant may attach to the motion any affidavit, 
document, or evidence to support the relief requested.
(F) Amendment and Supplementation of Motion. The court may permit the 
defendant to amend or supplement the motion at any time.
(G) Successive Motions.
(1) Except as provided in subrule (G)(2), regardless of whether a defendant has 
previously filed a motion for relief from judgment, after August 1, 1995, one 
and only one motion for relief from judgment may be filed with regard to a 
conviction. The court shall return without filing any successive motions for relief 
from judgment. A defendant may not appeal the denial or rejection of a 
successive motion.
(2) A defendant may file a second or subsequent motion based on a retroactive 
change in law that occurred after the first motion for relief from judgment or a 
claim of new evidence that was not discovered before the first such motion. The 
clerk shall refer a successive motion that asserts that one of these exceptions is 
applicable to the judge to whom the case is assigned for a determination 
whether the motion is within one of the exceptions

Rule 6.503 Filing and Service of Motion
(A) Filing; Copies.
(1) A defendant seeking relief under this subchapter must file a motion, and a 
copy of the motion with the clerk of the court in which the defendant was 
convicted and sentenced.
(2) Upon receipt of a motion, the clerk shall file it under the same number as 
the original conviction.
(B) Service. The defendant shall serve a copy of the motion and notice of its filing 
on the prosecuting attorney. Unless so ordered by the court as provided in this 
subchapter, the filing and service of the motion does not require a response by the 
prosecutor.

Rule 6.504 Assignment; Preliminary Consideration by Judge; Summary 
Denial
(A) Assignment to Judge. The motion shall be presented to the judge to whom the 
case was assigned at the time of the defendant's conviction. If the appropriate 
judge is not available, the motion must be assigned to another judge in accordance 
with the court's procedure for the reassignment of cases.  The chief judge may 
reassign cases in order to correct docket control problems arising from the 
requirements of this rule.
(B) Initial Consideration by Court.
(1) The court shall promptly examine the motion, together with all the files, 
records, transcripts, and correspondence relating to the judgment under attack. 
The court may request that the prosecutor provide copies of transcripts, briefs, 
or other records.
(2) If it plainly appears from the face of the materials described in subrule 
(B)(1) that the defendant is not entitled to relief, the court shall deny the 
motion without directing further proceedings. The order must include a concise 
statement of the reasons for the denial. The clerk shall serve a copy of the 
order on the defendant and the prosecutor. The court may dismiss some 
requests for relief or grounds for relief while directing a response or further 
proceedings with respect to other specified grounds.
(3) If the motion is summarily dismissed under subrule (B)(2), the defendant 
may move for reconsideration of the dismissal within 21 days after the clerk 
serves the order. The motion must concisely state why the court's decision was 
based on a clear error and that a different decision must result from correction 
of the error. A motion which merely presents the same matters that were 
considered by the court will not be granted.
(4) If the entire motion is not dismissed under subrule (B)(2), the court shall 
order the prosecuting attorney to file a response as provided in MCR 6.506, and 
shall conduct further proceedings as provided in MCR 6.505-6.508.

Rule 6.505 Right to Legal Assistance
(A) Appointment of Counsel. If the defendant has requested appointment of 
counsel, and the court has determined that the defendant is indigent, the court may 
appoint counsel for the defendant at any time during the proceedings under this 
subchapter. Counsel must be appointed if the court directs that oral argument or an 
evidentiary hearing be held.
(B) Opportunity to Supplement the Motion. If the court appoints counsel to 
represent the defendant, it shall afford counsel 56 days to amend or supplement 
the motion. The court may extend the time on a showing that a necessary 
transcript or record is not available to counsel.

Rule 6.506 Response by Prosecutor
(A) Contents of Response. On direction of the court pursuant to MCR 6.504(B)(4), 
the prosecutor shall respond in writing to the allegations in the motion. The trial 
court shall allow the prosecutor a minimum of 56 days to respond.  If the response 
refers to transcripts or briefs that are not in the court's file, the prosecutor shall 
submit copies of those items with the response.  Except as otherwise ordered by 
the court, the response shall not exceed 50 pages double-spaced, exclusive of 
attachments and exhibits.
(B) Filing and Service. The prosecutor shall file the response and one copy with the 
clerk of the court and serve one copy on the defendant.

Rule 6.507 Expansion of Record
(A) Order to Expand Record. If the court does not deny the motion pursuant to MCR 
6.504(B)(2), it may direct the parties to expand the record by including any 
additional materials it deems relevant to the decision on the merits of the motion. 
The expanded record may include letters, affidavits, documents, exhibits, and 
answers under oath to interrogatories propounded by the court.
(B) Submission to Opposing Party. Whenever a party submits items to expand the 
record, the party shall serve copies of the items to the opposing party. The court 
shall afford the opposing party an opportunity to admit or deny the correctness of 
the items.
(C) Authentication. The court may require the authentication of any item submitted 
under this rule.

Rule 6.508 Procedure; Evidentiary Hearing; Determination
(A) Procedure Generally. If the rules in this subchapter do not prescribe the 
applicable procedure, the court may proceed in any lawful manner. The court may 
apply the rules applicable to civil or criminal proceedings, as it deems appropriate.
(B) Decision Without Evidentiary Hearing. After reviewing the motion and response, 
the record, and the expanded record, if any, the court shall determine whether an 
evidentiary hearing is required. If the court decides that an evidentiary hearing is 
not required, it may rule on the motion or, in its discretion, afford the parties an 
opportunity for oral argument.
(C) Evidentiary Hearing. If the court decides that an evidentiary hearing is required, 
it shall schedule and conduct the hearing as promptly as practicable. At the 
hearing, the rules of evidence other than those with respect to privilege do not 
apply. The court shall assure that a verbatim record is made of the hearing.
(D) Entitlement to Relief. The defendant has the burden of establishing entitlement 
to the relief requested. The court may not grant relief to the defendant if the 
motion
(1) seeks relief from a judgment of conviction and sentence that still is subject 
to challenge on appeal pursuant to subchapter 7.200 or subchapter 7.300;
(2) alleges grounds for relief which were decided against the defendant in a 
prior appeal or proceeding under this subchapter, unless the defendant 
establishes that a retroactive change in the law has undermined the prior 
decision;
(3) alleges grounds for relief, other than jurisdictional defects, which could have 
been raised on appeal from the conviction and sentence or in a prior motion 
under this subchapter, unless the defendant demonstrates
(a) good cause for failure to raise such grounds on appeal or in the prior 
motion, and
(b) actual prejudice from the alleged irregularities that support the claim for 
relief. As used in this subrule, "actual prejudice" means that,
(i) in a conviction following a trial, but for the alleged error, the 
defendant would have had a reasonably likely chance of acquittal;
(ii) in a conviction entered on a plea of guilty, guilty but mentally ill, or 
nolo contendere, the defect in the proceedings was such that it renders 
the plea an involuntary one to a degree that it would be manifestly 
unjust to allow the conviction to stand;
(iii) in any case, the irregularity was so offensive to the maintenance of 
a sound judicial process that the conviction should not be allowed to 
stand regardless of its effect on the outcome of the case;
(iv) in the case of a challenge to the sentence, the sentence is invalid.
The court may waive the "good cause" requirement of subrule (D)(3)(a) if it 
concludes that there is a significant possibility that the defendant is 
innocent of the crime.
(E) Ruling. The court, either orally or in writing, shall set forth in the record its 
findings of fact and its conclusions of law, and enter an appropriate order disposing 
of the motion.

Rule 6.509 Appeal
(A) Availability of Appeal. Appeals from decisions under this subchapter are by 
application for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeals pursuant to MCR 7.205. The 
6-month time limit provided by MCR 7.205(F)(3), runs from the decision under this 
subchapter. Nothing in this subchapter shall be construed as extending the time to 
appeal from the original judgment.
(B) Responsibility of Appointed Counsel. If the trial court has appointed counsel for 
the defendant during the proceeding, that appointment authorizes the attorney to 
represent the defendant in connection with an application for leave to appeal to the 
Court of Appeals.
(C) Responsibility of the Prosecutor.  If the prosecutor has not filed a response to 
the defendant’s application for leave to appeal in the appellate court, the prosecutor 
must file an appellee’s brief if the appellate court grants the defendant’s application 
for leave to appeal.  The prosecutor must file an appellee’s brief within 56 days 
after an order directing a response pursuant to subrule (D).
(D) Responsibility of the Appellate Court.  If the appellate court grants the 
defendant’s application for leave to appeal and the prosecutor has not filed a 
response in the appellate court, the appellate court must direct the prosecutor to 
file an appellee’s brief, and give the prosecutor the opportunity to file an appellee’s 
brief pursuant to subrule (C), before granting further relief to the defendant.

Subchapter 6.600 Criminal Procedure in District Court
Rule 6.610 Criminal Procedure Generally
(A) Precedence. Criminal cases have precedence over civil actions.
(B) Pretrial. The court, on its own initiative or on motion of either party, may direct 
the prosecutor and the defendant, and, if represented, the defendant's attorney to 
appear for a pretrial conference. The court may require collateral matters and 
pretrial motions to be filed and argued no later than this conference.
(C) Record. Unless a writing is permitted, a verbatim record of the proceedings 
before a court under subrules (D)-(F) must be made.
(D) Arraignment; District Court Offenses.
(1) Whenever a defendant is arraigned on an offense over which the district 
court has jurisdiction, the defendant must be informed of
(a) the name of the offense;
(b) the maximum sentence permitted by law; and
(c) the defendant's right
(i) to the assistance of an attorney and to a trial;
(ii) (if subrule [D][2] applies) to an appointed attorney; and
(iii) to a trial by jury, when required by law.
The information may be given in a writing that is made a part of the file or by 
the court on the record.
(2) An indigent defendant has a right to an appointed attorney whenever the 
offense charged requires on conviction a minimum term in jail or the court 
determines it might sentence to a term of incarceration, even if suspended.
If an indigent defendant is without an attorney and has not waived the right to 
an appointed attorney, the court may not sentence the defendant to jail or to a 
suspended jail sentence.
(3) The right to the assistance of an attorney, to an appointed attorney, or to a 
trial by jury is not waived unless the defendant
(a) has been informed of the right; and
(b) has waived it in a writing that is made a part of the file or orally on the 
record.
(4) The court may allow a defendant to enter a plea of not guilty or to stand 
mute without formal arraignment by filing a written statement signed by the 
defendant and any defense attorney of record, reciting the general nature of 
the charge, the maximum possible sentence, the rights of the defendant at 
arraignment, and the plea to be entered. The court may require that an 
appropriate bond be executed and filed and appropriate and reasonable sureties 
posted or continued as a condition precedent to allowing the defendant to be 
arraigned without personally appearing before the court.
(E) Pleas of Guilty and Nolo Contendere. Before accepting a plea of guilty or nolo 
contendere, the court shall in all cases comply with this rule.
(1) The court shall determine that the plea is understanding, voluntary, and 
accurate. In determining the accuracy of the plea,
(a) if the defendant pleads guilty, the court, by questioning the defendant, 
shall establish support for a finding that defendant is guilty of the offense 
charged or the offense to which the defendant is pleading, or
(b) if the defendant pleads nolo contendere, the court shall not question the 
defendant about the defendant's participation in the crime, but shall make 
the determination on the basis of other available information.
(2) The court shall inform the defendant of the right to the assistance of an 
attorney. If the offense charged requires on conviction a minimum term in jail, 
the court shall inform the defendant that if the defendant is indigent the 
defendant has the right to an appointed attorney. The court shall also give such 
advice if it determines that it might sentence to a term of incarceration, even if 
suspended.
(3) The court shall advise the defendant of the following:
(a) the mandatory minimum jail sentence, if any, and the maximum 
possible penalty for the offense,
(b) that if the plea is accepted the defendant will not have a trial of any 
kind and that the defendant gives up the following rights that the defendant 
would have at trial:
(i) the right to have witnesses called for the defendant's defense at trial,
(ii) the right to cross-examine all witnesses called against the 
defendant,
(iii) the right to testify or to remain silent without an inference being 
drawn from said silence,
(iv) the presumption of innocence and the requirement that the 
defendant's guilt be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
(4) A defendant or defendants may be informed of the trial rights listed in 
subrule (3)(b) as follows:
(a) on the record,
(b) in a writing made part of the file, or
(c) in a writing referred to on the record.
If the court uses a writing pursuant to subrule (E)(4)(b) or (c), the court shall 
address the defendant and obtain from the defendant orally on the record a 
statement that the rights were read and understood and a waiver of those
rights. The waiver may be obtained without repeating the individual rights.
(5) The court shall make the plea agreement a part of the record and determine 
that the parties agree on all the terms of that agreement. The court shall 
accept, reject or indicate on what basis it accepts the plea.
(6) The court must ask the defendant:
(a) (if there is no plea agreement) whether anyone has promised the 
defendant anything, or (if there is a plea agreement) whether anyone has 
promised anything beyond what is in the plea agreement;
(b) whether anyone has threatened the defendant; and
(c) whether it is the defendant's own choice to plead guilty.
(7) A plea of guilty or nolo contendere in writing is permissible without a 
personal appearance of the defendant and without support for a finding that 
defendant is guilty of the offense charged or the offense to which the defendant 
is pleading if
(a) the court decides that the combination of the circumstances and the 
range of possible sentences makes the situation proper for a plea of guilty 
or nolo contendere;
(b) the defendant acknowledges guilt or nolo contendere, in a writing to be 
placed in the district court file, and waives in writing the rights enumerated 
in subrule (3)(b); and
(c) the court is satisfied that the waiver is voluntary.
(8) The following provisions apply where a defendant seeks to challenge the 
plea.
(a) A defendant may not challenge a plea on appeal unless the defendant 
moved in the trial court to withdraw the plea for noncompliance with these 
rules. Such a motion may be made either before or after sentence has been 
imposed. After imposition of sentence, the defendant may file a motion to 
withdraw the plea within the time for filing an application for leave to appeal 
under MCR 7.103(B)(6).
(b) If the trial court determines that a deviation affecting substantial rights 
occurred, it shall correct the deviation and give the defendant the option of 
permitting the plea to stand or of withdrawing the plea. If the trial court 
determines either a deviation did not occur, or that the deviation did not 
affect substantial rights, it may permit the defendant to withdraw the plea 
only if it does not cause substantial prejudice to the people because of 
reliance on the plea.
(c) If a deviation is corrected, any appeal will be on the whole record 
including the subsequent advice and inquiries.
(9) The State Court Administrator shall develop and approve forms to be used 
under subrules (E)(4)(b) and (c) and (E)(7)(b).
(F) Sentencing.
(1) For sentencing, the court shall:
(a) require the presence of the defendant's attorney, unless the defendant 
does not have one or has waived the attorney's presence;
(b) provide copies of the presentence report (if a presentence report 
was prepared) to the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyer, or the 
defendant if not represented by a lawyer, at a reasonable time, but not less 
than two business days before the day of sentencing.  The prosecutor and 
the defendant’s lawyer, or the defendant if not represented by a lawyer, 
may retain a copy of the report or an amended report.  If the presentence 
report is not made available to the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyer, 
or the defendant if not represented by a lawyer, at least two business days 
before the day of sentencing, the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyer, or 
the defendant if not represented by a lawyer, shall be entitled, on oral 
motion, to an adjournment to enable the moving party to review the 
presentence report and to prepare any necessary corrections, additions or 
deletions to present to the court, or otherwise advise the court of 
circumstances the prosecutor or defendant believes should be considered in 
imposing sentence.  A presentence investigation report shall not include 
any address or telephone number for the home, workplace, school, or place 
of worship of any victim or witness, or a family member of any victim or 
witness, unless an address is used to identify the place of the crime or to 
impose conditions of release from custody that are necessary for the 
protection of a named individual.  Upon request, any other address or 
telephone number that would reveal the location of a victim or witness or a 
family member of a victim or witness shall be exempted from disclosure 
unless an address is used to identify the place of the crime or to impose 
conditions of release from custody that are necessary for the protection of a 
named individual.
(c) inform the defendant of credit to be given for time served, if any.
(2) Unless a defendant who is entitled to appointed counsel is represented by 
an attorney or has waived the right to an attorney, a subsequent charge or 
sentence may not be enhanced because of this conviction and the defendant 
may not be incarcerated for violating probation or any other condition imposed 
in connection with this conviction.
(3) Immediately after imposing a sentence of incarceration, even if suspended, 
the court must advise the defendant, on the record or in writing, that:
(a) if the defendant wishes to file an appeal and is financially unable to 
retain a lawyer, the court will appoint a lawyer to represent the defendant 
on appeal, and
(b) the request for a lawyer must be made within 14 days after sentencing.
(G) Motion for New Trial. A motion for a new trial must be filed within 21 days after 
the entry of judgment. However, if an appeal has not been taken, a delayed motion 
may be filed within the time for filing an application for leave to appeal.
(H) Arraignment; Offenses Not Cognizable by the District Court. In a prosecution in 
which a defendant is charged with a felony or a misdemeanor not cognizable by the 
district court, the court shall
(1) inform the defendant of the nature of the charge;
(2) inform the defendant of
(a) the right to a preliminary examination;
(b) the right to an attorney, if the defendant is not represented by an 
attorney at the arraignment;
(c) the right to have an attorney appointed at public expense if the 
defendant is indigent; and
(d) the right to consideration of pretrial release.
If a defendant not represented by an attorney waives the preliminary examination, 
the court shall ascertain that the waiver is freely, understandingly, and voluntarily 
given before accepting it.

Rule 6.615 Misdemeanor Traffic Cases
(A) Citation; Complaint; Summons; Warrant.
(1) A misdemeanor traffic case may be begun by one of the following 
procedures:
(a) Service by a law enforcement officer on the defendant of a written 
citation, and the filing of the citation in the district court.
(b) The filing of a sworn complaint in the district court and the issuance of 
an arrest warrant. A citation may serve as the sworn complaint and as the 
basis for a misdemeanor warrant.
(c) Other special procedures authorized by statute.
(2) The citation serves as a summons to command
(a) the initial appearance of the defendant; and
(b) a response from the defendant as to his or her guilt of the violation 
alleged.
(B) Appearances; Failure To Appear. If a defendant fails to appear or otherwise to 
respond to any matter pending relative to a misdemeanor traffic citation, the court 
shall proceed as provided in this subrule.
(1) If the defendant is a Michigan resident, the court
(a) must initiate the procedures required by MCL 257.321a for the failure to 
answer a citation; and
(b) may issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest.
(2) If the defendant is not a Michigan resident,
(a) the court may mail a notice to appear to the defendant at the address in 
the citation;
(b) the court may issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest; and
(c) if the court has received the driver's license of a nonresident, pursuant 
to statute, it may retain the license as allowed by statute. The court need 
not retain the license past its expiration date.
(C) Arraignment. An arraignment in a misdemeanor traffic case may be conducted 
by
(1) a judge of the district, or
(2) a district court magistrate as authorized by statute and by the judges of the 
district.
(D) Contested Cases.
(1) A contested case may not be heard until a citation is filed with the court. If 
the citation is filed electronically, the court may decline to hear the matter until 
the citation is signed by the officer or official who issued it, and is filed on 
paper. A citation that is not signed and filed on paper, when required by the 
court, may be dismissed with prejudice.
(2) A misdemeanor traffic case must be conducted in compliance with the 
constitutional and statutory procedures and safeguards applicable to 
misdemeanors cognizable by the district court
.
Rule 6.620 Impaneling the Jury
(A) Alternate Jurors. The court may direct that 7 or more jurors be impaneled to sit 
in a criminal case. After the instructions to the jury have been given and the case 
submitted, the names of the jurors must be placed in a container and names drawn 
to reduce the number of jurors to 6, who shall constitute the jury. The court may 
retain the alternate jurors during deliberations. If the court does so, it shall instruct 
the alternate jurors not to discuss the case with any other person until the jury 
completes its deliberations and is discharged. If an alternate juror replaces a juror 
after the jury retires to consider its verdict, the court shall instruct the jury to begin 
its deliberations anew.
(B) Peremptory Challenges.
(1) Each defendant is entitled to three peremptory challenges. The prosecutor is 
entitled to the same number of peremptory challenges as a defendant being 
tried alone, or, in the case of jointly tried defendants, the total number of 
peremptory challenges to which all the defendants are entitled.
(2) Additional Challenges. On a showing of good cause, the court may grant one 
or more of the parties an increased number of peremptory challenges. The 
additional challenges granted by the court need not be equal for each party.

Rule 6.625 Appeal; Appointment of Appellate Counsel
(A) An appeal from a misdemeanor case is governed by subchapter 7.100.
(B) If the court imposed a sentence of incarceration, even if suspended, and 
the defendant is indigent, the court must enter an order appointing a
lawyer if, within 14 days after sentencing, the defendant files a 
request for a lawyer or makes a request on the record.  Unless there is 
a postjudgment motion pending, the court must rule on a defendant’s 
request for a lawyer within 14 days after receiving it.  If there is a 
postjudgment motion pending, the court must rule on the request 
after the court’s disposition of the pending motion and within 14 days 
after that disposition.  If a lawyer is appointed, the 21 days for taking 
an appeal pursuant to MCR 7.101(B)(1) and MCR 7.103(B)(1) shall 
commence on the day of the appointment

Subchapter 6.900 Rules Applicable to Juveniles Charged With 
Specified Offenses Subject to the Jurisdiction of the Circuit or 
District Court
Rule 6.901 Applicability
(A) Precedence. The rules in this subchapter take precedence over, but are not 
exclusive of, the rules of procedure applicable to criminal actions against adult 
offenders.
(B) Scope. The rules apply to criminal proceedings in the district court and the 
circuit court concerning a juvenile against whom the prosecuting attorney has 
authorized the filing of a criminal complaint charging a specified juvenile violation 
instead of approving the filing of a petition in the family division of the circuit court. 
The rules do not apply to a person charged solely with an offense in which the 
family division has waived jurisdiction pursuant to MCL712A.4.
Rule 6.903 Definitions
When used in this subchapter, unless the context otherwise indicates:
(A) "Commitment review hearing" includes a hearing as required by MCL 769.1 to 
decide whether the jurisdiction of the court shall continue over a juvenile who was 
placed on juvenile probation and committed to state wardship.
(B) "Commitment review report" means a report on a juvenile committed to state 
wardship for use at a commitment review hearing prepared by the Family 
Independence Agency pursuant to MCL 803.225 (§ 5 of the Juvenile Facilities Act).
(C) "Court" means the circuit court as provided in MCL 600.606, but does not 
include the family division of the circuit court.
(D) "Family division" means the family division of the circuit court.
(E) "Juvenile" means a person 14 years of age or older, who is subject to the 
jurisdiction of the court for having allegedly committed a specified juvenile violation 
on or after the person's 14th birthday and before the person's 17th birthday.
(F) "Juvenile sentencing hearing" means a hearing conducted by the court following 
a criminal conviction to determine whether the best interests of the juvenile and of 
the public would be served:
(1) by retaining jurisdiction over the juvenile, placing the juvenile on juvenile 
probation, and committing the juvenile to a state institution or agency as a 
state ward, as provided in MCL 769.1; or
(2) by imposing sentence as provided by law for an adult offender.
(G) "Juvenile facility" means an institution or facility operated by the juvenile 
division of the circuit court, or a state institution or agency described in the Youth 
Rehabilitation Services Act, MCL 803.301 et seq., or a county facility or institution
operated as an agency of the county other than a facility designed or used to 
incarcerate adults.
(H) "Specified Juvenile Violation" means one or more of the following offenses 
allegedly committed by a juvenile in which the prosecuting attorney has authorized 
the filing of a criminal complaint and warrant instead of proceeding in the family 
division of the circuit court:
(1) burning a dwelling house, MCL 750.72;
(2) assault with intent to commit murder, MCL 750.83;
(3) assault with intent to maim, MCL 750.86;
(4) assault with intent to rob while armed, MCL 750.89;
(5) attempted murder, MCL 750.91;
(6) first-degree murder, MCL 750.316;
(7) second-degree murder, MCL 750.317;
(8) kidnaping, MCL 750.349;
(9) first-degree criminal sexual conduct, MCL 750.520b;
(10) armed robbery, MCL 750.529;
(11) carjacking, MCL 750.529a;
(12) bank, safe, or vault robbery, MCL 750.531;
(13) assault with intent to do great bodily harm, MCL 750.84, if armed with a 
dangerous weapon;
(14) first-degree home invasion, MCL 750.110a(2), if armed with a dangerous 
weapon;
(15) escape or attempted escape from a medium-security or high-security 
juvenile facility operated by the Family Independence Agency, or a highsecurity facility operated by a private agency under contract with the Family 
Independence Agency, MCL 750.186a; 
(16) possession of [MCL 333.7403(2)(a)(i)] or manufacture, delivery, or 
possession with intent to manufacture or deliver of 650 grams(1,000 grams 
beginning March 1, 2003) or more of a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance 
[MCL 333.7401(2)(a)(i)];
(17) any attempt, MCL 750.92; solicitation, MCL 750.157b; or conspiracy, MCL 
750.157a; to commit any of the offenses listed in subrules (1)-(16);
(18) any lesser-included offense of an offense listed in subrules (1)-(17) if the 
juvenile is charged with a specified juvenile violation; 
(19) any other violation arising out of the same transaction if the juvenile is 
charged with one of the offenses listed in subrules (1)-(17).
(I) "Dangerous Weapon" means one of the following:
(1) a loaded or unloaded firearm, whether operable or inoperable;
(2) a knife, stabbing instrument, brass knuckles, blackjack, club, or other 
object specifically designed or customarily carried or possessed for use as a 
weapon;
(3) an object that is likely to cause death or bodily injury when used as a 
weapon and that is used as a weapon, or carried or possessed for use as a 
weapon;
(4) an object or device that is used or fashioned in a manner leading a person 
to believe the object or device is an object or device described in subrules (1)-
(3).
(J) "Magistrate" means a judge of the district court or a municipal court as defined 
in MCL 761.1(f).
(K) "Progress report" means the report on a juvenile in state wardship prepared by 
the Family Independence Agency for the court as required by MCL 803.223 (§ 3 of 
the Juvenile Facilities Act) and by these rules.
(L) "Social report" means the written report on a juvenile for use at the juvenile 
sentencing hearing prepared by the Family Independence Agency as required by 
MCL 803.224 (§ 4 of the Juvenile Facilities Act).
(M) "State wardship" means care and control of a juvenile until the juvenile's 21st 
birthday by an institution or agency within or under the supervision of the Family 
Independence Agency as provided in the Youth Rehabilitation Services Act, MCL 
803.301 et seq., while the juvenile remains under the jurisdiction of the court on 
the basis of a court order of juvenile probation and commitment as provided in MCL 
769.1.

Rule 6.905 Assistance of Attorney
(A) Advice of Right. If the juvenile is not represented by an attorney, the 
magistrate or court shall advise the juvenile at each stage of the criminal 
proceedings of the right to the assistance of an attorney. If the juvenile has waived 
the right to an attorney, the court at later proceedings must reaffirm that the 
juvenile continues to not want an attorney.
(B) Court-Appointed Attorney. Unless the juvenile has a retained attorney, or has 
waived the right to an attorney, the magistrate or the court must appoint an 
attorney to represent the juvenile.
(C) Waiver of Attorney. The magistrate or court may permit a juvenile to waive 
representation by an attorney if:
(1) an attorney is appointed to give the juvenile advice on the question of 
waiver;
(2) the magistrate or the court finds that the juvenile is literate and is 
competent to conduct a defense;
(3) the magistrate or the court advises the juvenile of the dangers and of the 
disadvantages of self-representation;
(4) the magistrate or the court finds on the record that the waiver is voluntarily 
and understandingly made; and
(5) the court appoints standby counsel to assist the juvenile at trial and at the 
juvenile sentencing hearing.
(D) Cost. The court may assess cost of legal representation, or part thereof, against 
the juvenile or against a person responsible for the support of the juvenile, or both. 
The order assessing cost shall not be binding on a person responsible for the 
support of the juvenile unless an opportunity for a hearing has been given and until 
a copy of the order is served on the person, personally or by first class mail to the 
person's last known address.

Rule 6.907 Arraignment on Complaint and Warrant
(A) Time. When the prosecuting attorney authorizes the filing of a complaint and 
warrant charging a juvenile with a specified juvenile violation instead of approving 
the filing of a petition in the family division of the circuit court, the juvenile in 
custody must be taken to the magistrate for arraignment on the charge. The 
prosecuting attorney must make a good-faith effort to notify the parent of the 
juvenile of the arraignment. The juvenile must be released if arraignment has not 
commenced:
(1) within 24 hours of the arrest of the juvenile; or
(2) within 24 hours after the prosecuting attorney authorized the complaint and 
warrant during special adjournment pursuant to MCR 3.935(A)(3), provided the 
juvenile is being detained in a juvenile facility.
(B) Temporary Detention Pending Arraignment. If the prosecuting attorney has 
authorized the filing of a complaint and warrant charging a specified juvenile 
violation instead of approving the filing of a petition the family division of the circuit 
court, a juvenile may, following apprehension, be detained pending arraignment:
(1) in a juvenile facility operated by the county;
(2) in a regional juvenile detention facility operated by the state; or
(3) in a facility operated by the family division of the circuit court with the 
consent of the family division or an order of a court as defined in MCR 6.903(C).
If no juvenile facility is reasonably available and if it is apparent that the juvenile 
may not otherwise be safely detained, the magistrate may, without a hearing, 
authorize that the juvenile be lodged pending arraignment in a facility used to 
incarcerate adults. The juvenile must be kept separate from adult prisoners as 
required by law.
(C) Procedure. At the arraignment on the complaint and warrant:
(1) The magistrate shall determine whether a parent, guardian, or an adult 
relative of the juvenile is present. Arraignment may be conducted without the 
presence of a parent, guardian, or adult relative provided the magistrate 
appoints an attorney to appear at arraignment with the juvenile or provided an 
attorney has been retained and appears with the juvenile.
(2) The magistrate shall set a date for the juvenile's preliminary examination 
within the next 14 days, less time given and used by the prosecuting attorney 
under special adjournment pursuant to MCR 3.935(A)(3), up to three days' 
credit. The magistrate shall inform the juvenile and the parent, guardian, or 
adult relative of the juvenile, if present, of the preliminary examination date. If 
a parent, guardian, or an adult relative is not present at the arraignment, the 
court shall direct the attorney for the juvenile to advise a parent or guardian of 
the juvenile of the scheduled preliminary examination.

Rule 6.909 Releasing or Detaining Juveniles Before Trial or Sentence
(A) Bail; Detention.
(1) Bail. Except as provided in subrule (2) the magistrate or court must advise 
the juvenile of a right to bail as provided for an adult accused. The magistrate 
or the court may order a juvenile released to a parent or guardian on the basis 
of any lawful condition, including that bail be posted.
(2) Detention Without Bail. If the proof is evident or if the presumption is great 
that the juvenile committed the offense, the magistrate or the court may deny 
bail:
(a) to a juvenile charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, 
or
(b) to a juvenile charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, or 
armed robbery,
(i) who is likely to flee, or
(ii) who clearly presents a danger to others.
(B) Place of Confinement.
(1) Juvenile Facility. Except as provided in subrule (B)(2) and in MCR 6.907(B), 
a juvenile charged with a crime and not released must be placed in a juvenile 
facility while awaiting trial and, if necessary, sentencing, rather than being 
placed in a jail or similar facility designed and used to incarcerate adult 
prisoners.
(2) Jailing of Juveniles; Restricted. On motion of a prosecuting attorney or a 
superintendent of a juvenile facility in which the juvenile is detained, the 
magistrate or court may order the juvenile confined in a jail or similar facility 
designed and used to incarcerate adult prisoners upon a showing that
(a) the juvenile's habits or conduct are considered a menace to other 
juveniles; or
(b) the juvenile may not otherwise be safely detained in a juvenile facility.
(3) Family Division Operated Facility. The juvenile shall not be placed in an 
institution operated by the family division of the circuit court except with the 
consent of the family division or on order of a court as defined in MCR 6.903(C).
(4) Separate Custody of Juvenile. The juvenile in custody or detention must be 
maintained separately from the adult prisoners or adult accused as required by 
MCL 764.27a.
(C) Speedy Trial. Within 7 days of the filing of a motion, the court shall release a 
juvenile who has remained in detention while awaiting trial for more than 91 days 
to answer for the specified juvenile violation unless the trial has commenced. In 
computing the 91-day period, the court is to exclude delays as provided in MCR 
6.004(C)(1)-(6) and the time required to conduct the hearing on the motion.

Rule 6.911 Preliminary Examination
(A) Waiver. The juvenile may waive a preliminary examination if the juvenile is 
represented by an attorney and the waiver is made and signed by the juvenile in 
open court. The magistrate shall find and place on the record that the waiver was 
freely, understandingly, and voluntarily given.
(B) Transfer to Family Division of Circuit Court. If the magistrate, following 
preliminary examination, finds that there is no probable cause to believe that a 
specified juvenile violation occurred or that there is no probable cause to believe 
that the juvenile committed the specified juvenile violation, but that some other 
offense occurred that if committed by an adult would constitute a crime, and that 
there is probable cause to believe that the juvenile committed that offense, the 
magistrate shall transfer the matter to the family division of the circuit court in the 
county where the offense is alleged to have been committed for further 
proceedings. If the court transfers the matter to the family division, a transcript of 
the preliminary examination shall be sent to the family division without charge upon 
request.

Rule 6.931 Juvenile Sentencing Hearing
(A) General. If the juvenile has been convicted of an offense listed in MCL 
769.1(1)(a)-(l), the court must sentence the juvenile in the same manner as an 
adult. Unless a juvenile is required to be sentenced in the same manner as an 
adult, a judge of a court having jurisdiction over a juvenile shall conduct a juvenile 
sentencing hearing unless the hearing is waived as provided in subrule (B). At the 
conclusion of the juvenile sentencing hearing, the court shall determine whether to 
impose a sentence against the juvenile as though an adult offender or whether to 
place the juvenile on juvenile probation and commit the juvenile to state wardship 
pursuant to MCL 769.1b.
(B) No Juvenile Sentencing Hearing; Consent. The court need not conduct a 
juvenile sentencing hearing if the prosecuting attorney, the juvenile, and the 
attorney for the juvenile, consent that it is not in the best interest of the public to 
sentence the juvenile as though an adult offender. If the juvenile sentence hearing 
is waived, the court shall not impose a sentence as provided by law for an adult 
offender. The court must place the juvenile on juvenile probation and commit the 
juvenile to state wardship.
(C) Notice of Juvenile Sentencing Hearing Following Verdict. If a juvenile sentencing 
hearing is required, the prosecuting attorney, the juvenile, and the attorney for the
juvenile must be advised on the record immediately following conviction of the 
juvenile by a guilty plea or verdict of guilty that a hearing will be conducted at 
sentencing, unless waived, to determine whether to sentence the juvenile as an 
adult or to place the juvenile on juvenile probation and commit the juvenile to state 
wardship as though a delinquent. The court may announce the scheduled date of 
the hearing. On request, the court shall notify the victim of the juvenile sentencing 
hearing.
(D) Review of Reports. The court must give the prosecuting attorney, the juvenile, 
and the attorney for the juvenile, an opportunity to review the presentence report 
and the social report before the juvenile sentencing hearing. The court may exempt 
information from the reports as provided in MCL 771.14 and 771.14a.
(E) Juvenile Sentencing Hearing Procedure.
(1) Evidence. At the juvenile sentencing hearing all relevant and material 
evidence may be received by the court and relied upon to the extent of its 
probative value, even though such evidence may not be admissible at trial. The 
rules of evidence do not apply. The court shall receive and consider the 
presentence report prepared by the probation officer and the social report 
prepared by the Family Independence Agency.
(2) Standard of Proof. The court must sentence the juvenile in the same 
manner as an adult unless the court determines by a preponderance of the 
evidence, except as provided in subrule (3)(c), that the best interests of the 
public would be served by placing the juvenile on probation and committing the 
juvenile to state wardship.
(3) Alternative Sentences For Juveniles Convicted of Certain Controlled 
Substance Offenses. If a juvenile is convicted of a violation or conspiracy to 
commit a violation of MCL 333.7403(2)(a)(i), the court shall determine whether 
the best interests of the public would be served by:
(a) imposing the sentence provided by law for an adult offender;
(b) placing the individual on probation and committing the individual to a 
state institution or agency as provided in MCL 769.1(3); or
(c) imposing a sentence of imprisonment for any term of years, but not less 
than 25 years, if the court determines by clear and convincing evidence that 
such a sentence would serve the best interests of the public.
In making its determination, the court shall use the criteria set forth in subrule 
(4). 
(4) Criteria. The court shall consider the following criteria in determining 
whether to sentence the juvenile as though an adult offender or whether to 
place the juvenile on juvenile probation and commit the juvenile to state 
wardship, giving more weight to the seriousness of the alleged offense and the 
juvenile's prior record of delinquency: 
(a) the seriousness of the alleged offense in terms of community protection, 
including, but not limited to, the existence of any aggravating factors 
recognized by the sentencing guidelines, the use of a firearm or other 
dangerous weapon, and the impact on any victim;
(b) the culpability of the juvenile in committing the alleged offense, 
including, but not limited to, the level of the juvenile's participation in 
planning and carrying out the offense and the existence of any aggravating 
or mitigating factors recognized by the sentencing guidelines;
(c) the juvenile's prior record of delinquency, including, but not limited to, 
any record of detention, any police record, any school record, or any other 
evidence indicating prior delinquent behavior;
(d) the juvenile's programming history, including, but not limited to, the 
juvenile's past willingness to participate meaningfully in available 
programming;
(e) the adequacy of the punishment or programming available in the 
juvenile justice system; and
(f) the dispositional options available for the juvenile.
(5) Findings. The court must make findings of fact and conclusions of law 
forming the basis for the juvenile probation and commitment decision or the 
decision to sentence the juvenile as though an adult offender. The findings and 
conclusions may be incorporated in a written opinion or stated on the record.
(F) Postjudgment Procedure; Juvenile Probation and Commitment to State 
Wardship. If the court retains jurisdiction over the juvenile, places the juvenile on 
juvenile probation, and commits the juvenile to state wardship, the court shall 
comply with subrules (1)-(11):
(1) The court shall enter a judgment that includes a provision for 
reimbursement by the juvenile or those responsible for the juvenile's support, 
or both, for the cost of care and services pursuant to MCL 769.1(7). An order 
assessing such cost against a person responsible for the support of the juvenile 
shall not be binding on the person, unless an opportunity for a hearing has 
been given and until a copy of the order is served on the person, personally or 
by first class mail to the person's last known address.
(2) The court shall advise the juvenile at sentencing that if the juvenile, while 
on juvenile probation, is convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor punishable by 
more than one year's imprisonment, the court must revoke juvenile probation 
and sentence the juvenile to a term of years in prison not to exceed the penalty 
that might have been imposed for the offense for which the juvenile was 
originally convicted.
(3) The court shall assure that the juvenile receives a copy of the social report.
(4) The court shall send a copy of the order and a copy of the written opinion or 
transcript of the findings and conclusions of law to the Family Independence 
Agency.
(5) The court shall not place the juvenile on deferred sentencing, as provided in 
MCL 771.1(2).
(6) The court shall not place the juvenile on life probation for conviction of a 
controlled substance violation, as set forth in MCL 771.1(4).
(7) The five-year limit on the term of probation for an adult felony offender 
shall not apply.
(8) The court shall not require as a condition of juvenile probation that the 
juvenile report to a department of corrections probation officer.
(9) The court shall not, as a condition of juvenile probation, impose jail time 
against the juvenile except as provided in MCR 6.933(B)(2).
(10) The court shall not commit the juvenile to the Department of Corrections 
for failing to comply with a restitution order.
(11) The court shall not place the juvenile in a Department of Corrections camp 
for one year, as otherwise provided in MCL 771.3a(1).

Rule 6.933 Juvenile Probation Revocation
(A) General Procedure. When a juvenile, who was placed on juvenile probation and 
committed to an institution as a state ward, is alleged to have violated juvenile 
probation, the court shall proceed as provided in MCR 6.445(A)-(F).
(B) Disposition in General.
(1) Certain Criminal Offense Violations.
(a) If the court finds that the juvenile has violated juvenile probation by being 
convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor punishable by more than one year's 
imprisonment, the court must revoke the probation of the juvenile and order 
the juvenile committed to the Department of Corrections for a term of years not 
to exceed the penalty that could have been imposed for the offense that led to 
the probation. The court in imposing sentence shall grant credit against the 
sentence as required by law.
(b) The court may not revoke probation and impose sentence under subrule 
(B)(1) unless at the original sentencing the court gave the advice, as required 
by MCR 6.931(F)(2), that subsequent conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor 
punishable by more than one year's imprisonment would result in the 
revocation of juvenile probation and in the imposition of a sentence of 
imprisonment.
(2) Other Violations. If the court finds that the juvenile has violated juvenile 
probation, other than as provided in subrule (B)(1), the court may order the 
juvenile committed to the Department of Corrections as provided in subrule 
(B)(1), or may order the juvenile continued on juvenile probation and under 
state wardship, and may order any of the following:
(a) a change of placement,
(b) restitution,
(c) community service,
(d) substance abuse counseling
(e) mental health counseling,
(f) participation in a vocational-technical education program,
(g) incarceration in a county jail for not more than 30 days, and
(h) any other participation or performance as the court considers necessary.
If the court determines to place the juvenile in jail for up to 30 days, and the 
juvenile is under 17 years of age, the juvenile must be placed separately from 
adult prisoners as required by law.
(3) If the court revokes juvenile probation pursuant to subrule (B)(1), the court 
must receive an updated presentence report and comply with MCR 6.445(G) 
before it imposes a prison sentence on the juvenile.
(C) Disposition Regarding Specific Underlying Offenses.
(1) Controlled Substance Violation Punishable by Mandatory Nonparolable Life 
Sentence For Adults. A juvenile who was placed on probation and committed to 
state wardship for manufacture, delivery, or possession with the intent to 
deliver 650 grams(1,000 grams beginning March 1, 2003) or more of a 
controlled substance, MCL 333.7401(2)(a)(i), may be resentenced only to a 
term of years following mandatory revocation of probation for commission of a 
subsequent felony or a misdemeanor punishable by more than one year of 
imprisonment.
(2) First-Degree Murder. A juvenile convicted of first-degree murder who 
violates juvenile probation by being convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor 
punishable by more than one year's imprisonment may only be sentenced to a 
term of years, not to nonparolable life.
(D) Review. The juvenile may appeal as of right from the imposition of a sentence 
of incarceration after a finding of juvenile probation violation.

Rule 6.935 Progress Review of Court-Committed Juveniles
(A) General. When a juvenile is placed on probation and committed to a state 
institution or agency, the court retains jurisdiction over the juvenile while the 
juvenile is on probation and committed to that state institution or agency. The court 
shall review the progress of a juvenile it has placed on juvenile probation and 
committed to state wardship.
(B) Time. 
(1) Semiannual Progress Reviews. The court must conduct a progress review no 
later than 182 days after the entry of the order placing the juvenile on juvenile 
probation and committing the juvenile to state wardship. A review shall be 
made semiannually thereafter as long as the juvenile remains in state wardship.
(2) Annual Review. The court shall conduct an annual review of the services 
being provided to the juvenile, the juvenile's placement, and the juvenile's 
progress in that placement.
(C) Progress Review Report. In conducting these reviews, the court shall examine 
the progress review report prepared by the Family Independence Agency, covering
placement and services being provided the juvenile and the progress of the 
juvenile, and the court shall also examine the juvenile's annual report prepared 
under MCL 803.223 (§ 3 of the Juvenile Facilities Act). The court may order 
changes in the juvenile's placement or treatment plan including, but not limited to, 
committing the juvenile to the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections, on the 
basis of the review.
(D) Hearings for Progress and Annual Reviews. Unless the court orders a more 
restrictive placement or treatment plan, there shall be no requirement that the 
court hold a hearing when conducting a progress review for a court-committed 
juvenile pursuant to MCR 6.935(B). However, the court may not order a more 
physically restrictive change in the level of placement of the juvenile or order more 
restrictive treatment absent a hearing as provided in MCR 6.937.

Rule 6.937 Commitment Review Hearing
(A) Required Hearing Before Age 19 for Court-Committed Juveniles. The court shall 
schedule and hold, unless adjourned for good cause, a commitment review hearing 
as nearly as possible to, but before, the juvenile's 19th birthday. 
(1) Notice. The Family Independence Agency or agency, facility, or institution to 
which the juvenile is committed, shall advise the court at least 91 days before 
the juvenile attains age 19 of the need to schedule a commitment review 
hearing. Notice of the hearing must be given to the prosecuting attorney, the 
agency or the superintendent of the facility to which the juvenile has been 
committed, the juvenile, and the parent of the juvenile if the parent's address 
or whereabouts are known, at least 14 days before the hearing. Notice must 
clearly indicate that the court may extend jurisdiction over the juvenile until the 
age of 21. The notice shall include advice to the juvenile and the parent of the 
juvenile that the juvenile has the right to an attorney.
(2) Appointment of an Attorney. The court must appoint an attorney to 
represent the juvenile at the hearing unless an attorney has been retained or is 
waived pursuant to MCR 6.905(C).
(3) Reports. The state institution or agency charged with the care of the 
juvenile must prepare a commitment report as required by MCL 769.1b(4) and 
803.225(1). The commitment report must contain all of the following, as 
required by MCL 803.225(1)(a)-(d): 
(a) the services and programs currently being utilized by, or offered to, the 
juvenile and the juvenile's participation in those services and programs;
(b) where the juvenile currently resides and the juvenile's behavior in the 
current placement;
(c) the juvenile's efforts toward rehabilitation; and
(d) recommendations for the juvenile's release or continued custody.
The report created pursuant to MCL 803.223 for the purpose of annual reviews 
may be combined with a commitment review report.
(4) Findings; Criteria. Before the court continues the jurisdiction over the 
juvenile until the age of 21, the prosecutor must demonstrate by a 
preponderance of the evidence that the juvenile has not been rehabilitated or 
that the juvenile presents a serious risk to public safety. The rules of evidence 
do not apply. In making the determination, the court must consider the 
following factors:
(a) the extent and nature of the juvenile's participation in education, 
counseling, or work programs;
(b) the juvenile's willingness to accept responsibility for prior behavior;
(c) the juvenile's behavior in the current placement;
(d) the prior record and character of the juvenile and physical and mental 
maturity;
(e) the juvenile's potential for violent conduct as demonstrated by prior 
behavior;
(f) the recommendations of the state institution or agency charged with the 
juvenile's care for the juvenile's release or continued custody; and
(g) other information the prosecuting attorney or the juvenile may submit.
(B) Other Commitment Review Hearings. The court, on motion of the institution, 
agency, or facility to which the juvenile is committed, may release a juvenile at any 
time upon a showing by a preponderance of evidence that the juvenile has been 
rehabilitated and is not a risk to public safety. The notice provision in subrule (A), 
other than the requirement that the court clearly indicate that it may extend 
jurisdiction over the juvenile until the age of 21, and the criteria in subrule (A) shall 
apply. The rules of evidence shall not apply. The court must appoint an attorney to 
represent the juvenile at the hearing unless an attorney has been retained or the 
right to counsel waived. The court, upon notice and opportunity to be heard as 
provided in this rule, may also move the juvenile to a more restrictive placement or 
treatment program.

Rule 6.938 Final Review Hearings
(A) General. The court must conduct a final review of the juvenile's probation and 
commitment not less than 3 months before the end of the period that the juvenile 
is on probation and committed to the state institution or agency. If the court 
determines at this review that the best interests of the public would be served by 
imposing any other sentence provided by law for an adult offender, the court may 
impose that sentence.
(B) Notice Requirements. Not less than 14 days before a final review hearing is to 
be conducted, the prosecuting attorney, juvenile, and, if addresses are known, the 
juvenile's parents or guardian must be notified. The notice must state that the court 
may impose a sentence upon the juvenile and must advise the juvenile and the 
juvenile's parent or guardian of the right to legal counsel.
(C) Appointment of Counsel. If an attorney has not been retained or appointed to 
represent the juvenile, the court must appoint an attorney and may assess the cost 
of providing an attorney as costs against the juvenile or those responsible for the 
juvenile's support, or both, if the persons to be assessed are financially able to 
comply.
(D) Criteria. In determining whether the best interests of the public would be 
served by imposing sentence, the court shall consider the following:
(1) the extent and nature of the juvenile's participation in education, 
counseling, or work programs;
(2) the juvenile's willingness to accept responsibility for prior behavior;
(3) the juvenile's behavior in the current placement;
(4) the prior record and character of the juvenile and the juvenile's physical and 
mental maturity;
(5) the juvenile's potential for violent conduct as demonstrated by prior 
behavior;
(6) the recommendations of the state institution or agency charged with the 
juvenile's care for the juvenile's release or continued custody;
(7) the effect of treatment on the juvenile's rehabilitation;
(8) whether the juvenile is likely to be dangerous to the public if released;
(9) the best interests of the public welfare and the protection of public security; 
and
(10) other information the prosecuting attorney or juvenile may submit.
(E) Credit for Time Served on Probation. If a sentence is imposed, the juvenile must 
receive credit for the period of time served on probation and committed to a state 
agency or institution.

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