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STATE AND LOCAL COURT RESPONSES TO COVID-19

 

MICHIGAN

 

St Joseph County Courts Declaration of Emergency March 17, 2020
  • Courts are closed until Friday, May 1, 2020.
    • 45th Circuit Court
    • 3B District Court
    • St Joseph County Probate/Family Court
  • Only emergency matters and in-custody arraignments will be heard during the period of closure.
  • Probation appointments must be conducted by telephone. All probationers should contact their Probation Officers for further instructions.

 

Branch County Courts Press Release March 17, 2020
  • Courts are closed until Monday, April 6, 2020.
    • 15th Circuit Court
    • 3-A District Court
    • Branch County Probate/Family Court
  • Only emergency matters and in-custody arraignments will be heard during the period of closure.
  • Friend of the Court mediations and hearings are adjourned until April 12, 2020. Conciliation and status conferences and pre-trials will be by telephone conference.

 

Hillsdale County Courts County Press Release March 18, 2020
  • Courts are closed until Friday, April 3, 2020.
    • 1st Circuit Court
    • 2B District Court
    • Hillsdale County Probate Court
  • Only emergency matters will be heard during the period of closure.

 

Kalamazoo County Courts County Closure Information
  • Courts are closed until Sunday, April 12, 2020.
    • 9th Circuit Court
    • 8th District Court
    • Kalamazoo County Probate Court
  • Only emergency matters and in-custody arraignments will be heard during the period of closure.

 

Calhoun County Courts County Court Information
  • Courts are closed until Monday, April 13, 2020.
    • 37th Circuit Court
    • 10th District Court
    • Calhoun County Probate Court
  • Only emergency matters and in-custody arraignments will be heard during the period of closure.

 

Cass County Courts County Alert March 17, 2020
  • Courts are closed until Governor Whitmer lifts the declaration of emergency, or upon further direction from the Michigan Supreme Court.
    • 43rd Circuit Court
    • 4th District Court
    • Cass County Probate Court
  • Cass County will disseminate procedures to the public for the purposes of emergency matters.

 

Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-2
  • The Michigan Supreme Court has directed all local courts to take measures to protect the public and court personnel from the ongoing public health crisis presented by COVID-19.
  • Trial courts are ordered to “limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, including staff, and to practice social distancing and limit court activity to only essential functions,” and proceedings will be adjourned until April 3, 2020, as described in the Administrative Order 2020-2 linked above.
  • The Michigan Supreme Court’s Administrative Order 2020-2 supersedes all Local Administrative Orders that have been issued covering the same subject matter. If a lower court has a longer closure period or more restrictive distancing measures, it will remain in effect subject to due process and constitutionality considerations.
  • If you have proceedings scheduled during the period of closure, contact your court clerk to verify the scheduling and procedure for your particular matter.

 

Michigan Court of Appeals Court Alerts
  • The clerk’s office public counters at the Court of Appeals and Court of Claims will be closed to visitors until further notice.

 

INDIANA

 

Steuben County Public Notice
  • Steuben County requests that only persons with emergency business enter county buildings, and that all other persons conduct business with Steuben County via email and/or telephone.

 

LaGrange County Courts Media Release
  • Small claims hearings will be conducted via telephone until Friday, May 29, 2020.
  • Jury trials will be postponed until Friday, May 29, 2020.
  • Evidentiary hearings will be conducted remotely if an attorney, unrepresented person, or testifying witness exhibits or has been exposed to flu or flu-like symptoms.
  • Probationers should call the LaGrange County Probation Department to conduct hearings via telephone through Friday, May 29, 2929, unless they receive a written notice to the contrary.

 

 


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