Friday, February 20, 2009

Judge named to instructions committee

By ANN ZANIEWSKI
Of The Oakland Press

Oakland Circuit Judge Michael Warren has been appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions.

Comprising judges and attorneys, the committee makes sure that jury instructions for civil trials are clear and fair. It has the authority to amend or repeal instructions and adopt new instructions.

Warren was appointed for the 2009-2011 term. Committee members serve three-year terms and can be re-appointed for another two years.

The committee meets quarterly.

Warren was appointed to the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County in December 2002 and then elected in 2004 and 2006. He is a former member of the Michigan State Board of Education and led the pilot program for the circuit court’s e-filing — electronic filing — project.

Warren is an author. His latest book is “America’s Survival Guide, How to Stop America’s Impending Suicide by Reclaiming Our First Principles and History.”

Contact staff writer Ann Zaniewski at (248) 745-4628 or ann.zaniewski@oakpress.com.

1 comment:

Ian said...

Please ensure that the jury receives instructions on their right to judge the Law, as well as the fact, under - as you know - the concept of "jury nullification."

From Wikipedia...

The early history of juries supports the recognition of the de facto power of nullification. By the 12th century, common law courts began using juries for more than administrative duties. Juries were composed primarily of "laymen" from the local community. They provided a somewhat efficient means of dispute resolution with the benefit of supplying legitimacy.