Published on: Wednesday, October 4, 2023

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered all judges to address people in court by the pronouns they use or by “other respectful means” (article available here).

The statewide rule, which kicks in Jan. 1, was approved 5-2.

“Courts must use the individual’s name, the designated salutation or personal pronouns, or other respectful means that is not inconsistent with the individual’s designated salutation or personal pronouns,” the Supreme Court said. 

Michigan is the first state to adopt such a rule for its courts, according to Reuters.