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Title: Michigan Court Rule 2.615
Parties: Michigan tribal courts, Michigan courts.
Date enacted/published: May 1996


In May 1996, the Michigan Supreme Court adopted Michigan Court Rule 2.615, which was prompted by proposals from the Indian Tribal Court/State Trial Court Forum and the State Bar of Michigan. MCR 2.615 provides for the enforcement of Indian tribal court judgments. Basically, the rule states that a tribal court judgment is recognized as long as the tribe or tribal court has enacted a reciprocal ordinance, court rule, or other binding measure that obligates the tribal court to enforce state court judgments, and that ordinance, court rule, or other measure has been transmitted to the State Court Administrative Office.

For additional information contact:
State Court Administrative Offices
925 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, MI 48913
(517) 373-0130
Title: Project Passport - Standardized 1st Page of Domestic Violence Protection Orders
Parties: Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians


Project Passport encourages the adoption of a recognizable first page (with standardized, common elements and format), known as the Passport Model Template First Page, for domestic violence orders of protection across jurisdictions. This standardization facilitates broader recognition and enforcement of orders of protection across tribal and state jurisdictions. The Passport Model Template First Page presents commonly agreed-upon data elements in a standardized format. By making the essential data readily available and easily recognizable on an order of protection, courts can be more confident that a “foreign protection order” (i.e., a protection order issued in another jurisdiction outside of the enforcing jurisdiction) is authentic, valid, and enforceable, and that the presenting parties at the point of enforcement are properly identified. Major elements such as the identity of the respondent, relationship of the parties to the order, expiration date of the order, and weapon information all appear in an easily recognized format on the first page of the protection order.

For additional information contact:
Denise Dancy, Research Associate
National Center for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Telephone: (757) 259-1593