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Virtual Courtroom Resources for Courts

Recommendations on Using Zoom & Public Access for Court Proceedings 


Virtual Courtroom
Task Force​


Additional Resources and Document Repository​​ 

For All Courts; Friend of the Court; Child Welfare Services; Juvenile Detention, District Courts


NCSC: Coronavirus and ​Courts​

Resources, News, Court Orders, and More compiled by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Judicial Branch Response to​​ COVID-19

Latest ​Information​​​

List of Administrative Orders


Expanding Remote Proceedings​: A Memo from Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack​

(​​April 7, 2020)​


Michigan Trial Courts Virtual Courtroom Standards and Guidelines​

(​​April 7, 2020)


Courts and Covid-19 – Building Capacity: What You Can Do Now

​​(April 7, 2020)

Michigan Trial Court Standards for Courtroom Technology​

​​(April 7, 2020)

Lights, Camera, Motion!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 3 PM E​DT ​

National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is hosting a timely prim​er on how to implement remote judicial hearings. Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack will be speaking at this seminar

Regist​​er Here


News Release​

Jail Population Reduction to Curb the Spread of COVID-19;
Jails Task Force recommendations are a roadmap for the short and long term​ 
(April 1, 2020)​

Joint Statement

Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court; and Sheriff Matt Saxton (ret.), Executive Director, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association​ 
(March 26, 2020)​


The Judicial ​Branch’s Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Michigan Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative ​​​​Office (SCAO) have developed and are continually updating a COVID-19 response plan to assist the state’s judiciary. Our plan focuses on fulfilling three key obligations: to protect the health of litigants, judicial branch employees, and the public using court facilities; to maintain critical judicial branch functions; and to provide appropriate judicial input to the process of protecting the public. 

We are updating judges and court administrators on a regular basis via e-mail with recommendations that address current conditions and guidance provided by the executive branch. Please note that conditions may change rapidly and to contact your local court for information about your case. 



Executive Bran​ch ​​

For the latest information from the Executive Branch visit the state Coronavirus Disease 2019 page.


National Center for State Courts​ 

Extensive resour​ces focused on the Judicial Branch are available on National Center for State Courts Public Health Emergency page. These resources include:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)​

Additional critical information is available on CDC web page, includ​​ing:



​​Reso​urces for the Public

COVID-19 FAQs Answered by Michigan Legal Help

​Court Contact Information​



Opinion: Reducing youth incarceration can help curtail spread of coronavirus - Bridge Magazine (April 5, 2020)
Coronavirus changes procedures at Monroe County Jail - Monroe News (April 4, 2020)
East Lansing extends local state of emergency and closure of city offices - WILX (April 3, 2020)
Oakland County Sheriff works to decrease county jail population - Downtown NewsMagazine (April 3, 2020)
Moving pieces: Bar associations shift events, programs in wake of COVID-19 - Legal News (April 3, 2020)
Ottawa County Courts continue to provide services during pandemic - Grand Haven Tribune (April 3, 2020)
Chief justice orders hiring freeze and spending restrictions - WLNS (April 3, 2020)
Families Against Narcotics shifts drug education, Narcan training amid COVID-19 social distancing - Dearborn Press & Guide (April 2, 2020)
St. Clair County Sheriff, courts reducing jail population to lessen the spread of coronavirus - Port Huron Times-Herald (April 2, 2020)
Task force makes recommendations to reduce COVID-19 spread in jails - Legal News (April 2, 2020)
Coronavirus Pandemic Could Have Lasting Impact On Washtenaw County Courts - WEMU Public Radio (April 1, 2020)
Court says jails should adopt inmate reduction plans now - Michigan Radio (April 1, 2020)
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