COVID-19 Courthouse Operations

42nd Circuit Court COVID-19 Procedures

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2020- 1, the 42nd Circuit Court implements the following emergency measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the Coronavirus and provide the greatest protection possible to those who work and have business in our courts.

All Persons:

The court's priority is the health of all staff and the public.  Therefore, do not come to court but communicate with the court by phone first if:

o    You are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms; or

You have been exposed to someone who is sick; or
You have a compromised immune system or are otherwise considered vulnerable; or
You have travelled internationally or domestically by air within the last 14 days.

Furthermore, in order to limit the number of persons entering the courthouse, we ask that only the parties and their attorneys and necessary witnesses come to court. Please contact Trial Court Administrator at (989) 832-6832 if you have questions.

General Civil and Family Law Cases:

All currently scheduled hearings will remain on the docket unless they are adjourned or until further order of the Court.  Ifyou are unsure of the status of your hearing, please contact the court.
Adjournments will be granted when requested by a party seven (7) business days in advance.  Otherwise adjournment requests will be handled on a case by case basis.
No new court dates will be scheduled prior to May 1, 2020.
Pre-trials, status conferences and trial scheduling conferences may be done by phone.
Requests for expedited hearings will be considered on a case by case basis.
Payment of child support or spousal support obligations made through the Friend of the Court should be made online or over the phone.  Please contact that office for instructions at (989) 832-6801.

Inall of these matters, please consider whether you would be better served by an adjournment to protect the health of the parties involved.  Seek stipulations for adjournment and stipulations for temporary orders in cases where it makes sense to do so.

Criminal Cases:

All currently scheduled pre-trials and hearings and sentencings will remain on the docket unless adjourned by Court order.

75th District Court

There will be no in-person assistance at the front counters.  Payment may be made at: 989-832-6700 or online at Make A Payment, or by mail to the court.

Do not come to court but communicate with the court by phone if:

You are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms.
You have been exposed to someone who is sick.
You have a compromised immune system or are otherwise vulnerable.
You have travelled internationally or domestically by air within the last 14 days.

Persons who are not a party or necessary to a case should not enter the courthouse.

In all matters, the court will utilize remote appearances to the greatest extent possible. To arrange, parties and attorneys should contact the court at:  989-832-6700.

Criminal Matters:

Felonies:  all felony arraignments, probable cause conferences and preliminary examination s will continue as scheduled. The court encourages all felony hearings to be conducted remotely.  Attorneys should contact the court to arrange.

Misdemeanors:

Misdemeanor criminal trials are adjourned to a date after May 1, 2020. The court will send notice to appear.

Misdemeanor arraignments, pleas and sentencing hearings are adjourned to a date after May 4, 2020.  The court will send a notice to appear. However, a defendant may request an earlier date to appear remotely by video.  To arrange, Contact Info or (989)832-6707.

Misdemeanor pretrial conferences will be conducted remotely. For instructions, contact the court or (989)832-6707.

Show Cause Hearings are adjourned to a date after May 4, 2020. The court will send a notice to appear for the rescheduled date.

Probation:  Probation meetings are by phone only.  The probation department is modifying some activities and will contact anyone affected.

Civil Matters:

All civil jury trials and bench trials; civil motions, mediations and other proceedings; small claims hearings; post-judgment collection discovery exams are adjourned to a date after May 4, 2020.  The court will send all parties a notice with their rescheduled dates.

However, all pretrial conferences and settlement conferences are mandatory and remain as scheduled, to be conducted remotely with the court.

Pleadings must be mailed to the court with the filing fee.

Landlord-Tenant:  All existjng summary proceeding (landlord-tenant) hearings and trials are adjourned to a date after May 4, 2020.  The court will send a notice to appear for the rescheduled date. New cases will be set for hearing on or after May 4, 2020, except complaints alleging serious and continuing health hazard, etc., under MCL: 600.5714(1)(d) which will be scheduled at the soonest available date. Parties with judgments of possession who are seeking court orders of eviction may file those requests and the court will act upon them.  Persons objecting to an order of eviction may file a request to stay that eviction and a hearing will be scheduled at the earliest available date.

Traffic, Civil Infractions and Ordinance Violations: All informal and formal hearing are adjourned to a date after May 4, 2020. The court will send all parties a notice with their rescheduled dates.

Weddings:  If you have a scheduled wedding, please contact the court for information. The court will not schedule any weddings until further notice.

Contact the court at:  Website for further information on your case.  You can email the court at: Persons without access to email, call (989) 832-6800.

Probate and Juvenile Court Proceedings:

Probate:  In light of the temporary restrictions placed on health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities and juvenile justice facilities through Gov. Whitmer' s Executive Order 2020-06, and Administrative Order No. 2020-1 (attached), I am reviewing my docket and will consider adjournments of proceedings involving minors and alleged incapacitated individuals on a case-by-case basis. It may be prudent to seek such adjournments.

Child Protective Proceedings: The law (MCL 712A.17d) allows for the court to permit LGALs to allow "alternative means of contact with the child if good cause is shown on the record." Preventing the spread of disease is such a good cause in light of the governor's declaration of a state of emergency. Therefore, you may seek leave to be excused from in-person contact, however do notify the Court on the alternative you used.

In all of these matters, please consider whether your client would be better served by the court by adjournment to protect the health of the parties involved. Seek stipulations for adjournment and stipulations for temporary orders in cases in which it makes sense to do so. It is possible that any case, particularly those cases involving vulnerable individuals, may be adjourned on the court's own motion.

Adoptions:  Adoptions will be finalized by the Court through written order without a formal hearing until further notice.

Mental Health Commitments, Emergency Guardianships and Other Matters:  All non­ emergency guardianship, conservatorship and protective orders will not be held until at least the week of April 6, 2020. Temporary guardianship in emergency situations involving minors and alleged incapacitated individuals might proceed upon notice to the Court, however you are to take notice of MCR 5.403 which may be a better option than full hearings at this time.  The safety and welfare of these vulnerable individuals is my utmost concern.

Hearings involving mentally ill that are located in our local hospital or forensic center may proceed via polycom;  the only persons permitted in the courthouse would be the prosecutor, with all other participants being located at the hospital.  Restrictions on visitors or others attending the hearing by the medical facilities will be strictly adhered to.  No witnesses or family members will be allowed in court. MI hearings may also be adjourned to a future date for good cause due to the emergency situation and Order of the Supreme Court and any orders that are deemed to have expired will be extended until the next court hearing that can be scheduled  safely.

Guardian ad !items may do any and all required visits by telephone.

Guardians who must see wards quarterly at a nursing home will be excused until the end of April 2020.

Attorneys ordered to see and prepare reviews to the Court may do so by telephone.

At my discretion, all hearings may be held, if possible by teleconference or Zoom technology in order to achieve social distancing.  Every effort will be made to follow Constitutional Due Process guarantees giving due regard for the safety of all litigants, their attorneys as well as witnesses.  All in-person civil hearings will be adjourned including but not limited to all trust, conservatorship and estate matters.

Monitoring:  I am making every effort to continue to monitor and evaluate the status of COVID-19.  We will make adjustments taking into account the safety of our employees, court users, and the general public. Look for notices such as this and postings in and around the courthouse. Contact our offices for individual case concerns.