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Supporting Employee Well-Being During Trying Times​

Returning to Full Capacity

Guide to Self-Check - Return to Work​​


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Watch Hea​​rings Online​​

Do you know of a hearing coming up? Find it online.

S​urvey​

Take the Justice for All Task Force survey about your experiences with the legal system.


Self-Represe​nted Litigants

We're here to help!  This webpage has information about how to attend your court hearings remotely and additional resources that might be helpful to you.


Executive Bra​​n​ch​​

Get the latest information from the Executive Branch.

COVI​D-19 FAQs 

​Answered by Michigan Legal Help

 

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Upc​oming Events

Notice of change of date from November 10 to November 24!​

MJI Webinar:  Issues and Challenges Presented by Sovereign Citizens​
Date and time:  November 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m.


MJI Webinar:  Minimizing Elder Abuse: Identifying Possible Indicators and Best Practice Responses in Guardianship Proceedings
Date and time: December 8, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


MJI Webinar: Family Division Proceedings Involving Older Adults
Date and time:  December 10, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Revised Reporting Deadlines for 2020​
Memo from Tom Boyd extending remaining 2020 reporting deadlines to December 22
(November 24)

MCL 552.524 requires the chief circuit judge to review the performance of the circuit court's friend of the court annually.  


Latest ​Information​​​

Below is information posted in the last 5-7 days.  For additional information, see Additional Resources for Courts​.


This FAQ provides information FOCs should consider when using child support payment drop boxes​.
(November 25)


Updated Return to Full Capacity Guide - Trial Court Response to COVID-19 Surge​

At this time, because of deteriorating public health conditions, the RTFC Guide has been revised.  Courts must review their current operations and make adjustments as called for by their local health conditions and the revisions outlined in the memo, including Phase LAOs.​


Updated Model LAOs for Phases 1 and 2

  • Model LAO 50:  Plan to Return to Full Capacity - Phase One​ (updated November 16)
  • Model LAO 50:  Plan to Return to Full Capacity - Phase Two​ (updated November 16)


Electronic Access Fees

Charging fees that are not authorized by statute or court rule for accessing court records is prohibited​​and any court charging such fees must immediately discontinue that practice.

(November 10)


Revision of SCAO Form: Verification Regarding CDC Eviction Moratorium Declaration DC 511)

State Court Administrator Boyd explains that DC 511 was revised​ in response to the amendment of Administrative Order No. 2020-17.


LAOs Detailing Jury Safety Measures to Protect the Public

The State Court Administrative Office recently updated criteria for trial courts to require an LAO detailing jury trial safety measures to protect the public. These SCAO-approved LAOs are all posted here​ (currently for 160 court locations in 58 counties). The LAO does not mean jury trials are taking place but that the court has an approved plan to do so when conditions are appropriate.

(October 27)


Model LAO and Recommended Metrics for Jury Trials


CDC Order Temporarily Halting Evictions

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued an order temporarily halting evictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

To assist trial courts with case processing related to the CDC order, the Michgian Supreme Court revised Administrative Order No. 2020-17, extending compliance through the end of 2020.

  • Media Release:  Amendments to AO No. 2020-17
  • Verification Form​ indicating whether or not a defendant has submitted a declaration to the plaintiff that he or she falls within the CDC order's protections.


The State Court Administrative Office has prepared FAQs​ to help district court judges and administrators respond to the order.

Additional information is available at Michigan Legal Help​​, including a DIY toolkit to help defendants sign the declaration covered persons must present to landlords.








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News


Michigan Law welcomes Class of 2023 for socially-distant semester - Legal News (Oct. 21, 2020)​

Marquette County Courts go virtual - WLUC (Oct. 20, 2020)

Wexford County holds its first trial in eight months - Up North Live (Oct. 19, 2020)

Marquette County courts enact enhanced restrictions - WLUC (Oct. 19, 2020)

Jackson County Courthouse closed after positive COVID-19 test - FOX 47 (Oct. 15, 2020)

East Lansing's 54B District Court launches Virtual Counter - Legal News (Oct. 15, 2020)

Trials started Tuesday in Wexford courts - Cadillac News (Oct. 14, 2020)

Livingston County commissioners vote against removing mask mandate in county buildings - Livingston Daily (Oct. 13, 2020)

Saginaw County looking to hold criminal trials at Dow Event Center - ABC 12 (Oct. 12, 2020)

State gives Michigan landlords another way to help tenants facing eviction pay back rent - Detroit Free Press (Oct. 12, 2020) 

High court: Whitmer's orders have 'no continuing legal effect' - Detroit News (Oct. 12, 2020)

State of Michigan steps in to help with backlogged eviction aid - Detorit News (Oct. 11, 2020) 

Zooming into court - Monroe News (Oct. 11, 2020)

Jury trials return in Cass, Berrien counties after seven-month hiatus - Leader Publications (Oct. 9, 2020)​

District court staff in quarantine - Coldwater Daily Reporter (Oct. 9, 2020)

Royal Oak court gets grants for sobriety court, COVID-19 prevention - Royal Oak Tribune (Oct. 8, 2020)

Jury trials in Ingham County will not restart until Nov, 2 - Legal News (Oct. 8, 2020)



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