COVID-19 Updates

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June 26, 2020: Amendment of Administrative Order No. 2020-18

Administrative Order No. 2020-19  states that “Administrative Order No. 2020-2 is rescinded, with the expectation that courts shall continue to process those cases listed as essential functions in addition to other cases as courts return to full capacity under the terms of Administrative Order No. 2020-14. Courts that have progressed to Phase 3 under the Return to Full Capacity guidance document under Administrative Order No. 2020-14 shall begin holding jury trials using trial standards approved by the State Court Administrative Office. In addition, courts that are not yet at Phase 3 may proceed with jury trials upon approval from the State Court Administrative Office. Further, courts must continue to provide a method or methods for filers to submit pleadings other than by personal appearance at the court.” and that “Courts shall continue to expand the use of remote participation technology.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

June 12, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-18

Administrative Order No. 2020-18  states that “In Administrative Order No. 2020-3, the Supreme Court issued an order excluding any days that fall during the State of Emergency declared by the Governor related to COVID-19 for purposes of determining the deadline applicable to the commencement of all civil and probate case types under MCR 1.108(1). Effective Saturday, June 20, 2020, that administrative order is rescinded, and the computation of time for those filings shall resume”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

June 9, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-17

Administrative Order No. 2020-17 outlines a “new procedure for landlord/tenant cases.” It directs “courts to process landlord/tenant cases using a prioritization approach. This approach will help limit the possibility of further infection while ensuring that landlord/tenant cases are able to be filed and adjudicated efficiently. All courts having jurisdiction over landlord/tenant cases must follow policy guidelines established by the State Court Administrative Office.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

June 3, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-16

Administrative Order No. 2020-16 states that “Administrative Order No. 2020-4 that tolled the filing deadlines in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals is rescinded, and the periods for all filings, jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional, in those Courts shall resume.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

May 18, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-15

Administrative Order No. 2020-15 states that “the Court orders that in lieu of the two-day exam previously scheduled for July 28-29, 2020, a one-day exam will be administered on July 28, 2020. The exam will be conducted online, and will consist solely of the essay portion of the traditional exam.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

May 6, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-14

Under Administrative Order No. 2020-14 unanimously approved by the MSC May 6th, courts must follow a careful, phased approach in returning to full capacity. Court plans must be based on the advice of local health experts and approved by the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO).   Until such approval is given, courts must maintain their current level of operations, keep expanding use of remote proceedings, and continue social distancing and other practices to prevent spread of the virus.

That step-by-step process is outlined in a 27-page guide entitled, Return to Full Capacity: COVID-19 Guidelines for Michigan’s Judiciary.

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

April 29, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-13

Administrative Order No. 2020-13 states that “on order of the Court, in light of Administrative Order No. 2020-2, Administrative Order No. 2020-6, and Administrative Order No. 2020-9, and under 1963 Const, Art VI, Sec 4, which provides for the Supreme Court’s general superintending control over all state courts, a court may collect contact information, including mobile phone number(s) and email address(es), from any party or witness to a case to facilitate scheduling of and participation in remote hearings or facilitate case processing.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

April 27, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-12

Administrative Order No. 2020-12 states that “On order of the Court, pursuant to 1963 Const, Art VI, §4, which provides for the Supreme Court’s general superintending control over all state courts, the expiration dates in Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1, 2020-2, 2020-6, and 2020-9 are extended until further order of the Court.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

April 27, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-11

Administrative Order No. 2020-11 states that “any personal protection order that expires during the period from the date of entry of this administrative order through June 1, 2020, is automatically extended to July 21, 2020. A respondent who objects to the extension may file a motion to modify or terminate the personal protection order and request a hearing under MCR 3.707.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

April 23, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-10

 Administrative Order No. 2020-10 states that “all jury trials are delayed for a period of 60 days from the date of this administrative order (until June 22, 2020), or as otherwise provided for by local order, whichever date is later.

Further, the State Court Administrative Office is authorized to initiate pilot projects regarding practices related to how to conduct remote jury trials.

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This order shall remain in effect through June 22, 2020, or until further order of the Court.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

April 17, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-9

Administrative Order No. 2020-9 states that “except as otherwise provided by this order, and consistent with Administrative Order No. 2020-6, courts (including judicial officers and staff), attorneys, parties, and other participants in the judicial system are expected to proceed with activities related to all pending legal proceedings to the greatest extent possible.

In pursuit of that goal, the following rules are temporarily amended to enable the work of the courts to continue while also complying with the restrictions on leaving home and accessing private facilities (such as office space) and public facilities including courthouses, post offices, and other common services pursuant to EO 2020-42 and 2020- 36, and other executive orders that may be issued, during the state of emergency.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

April 16, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-8

Administrative Order No. 2020-8 states that “a complainant who files a summary proceeding action before July 25, 2020 under MCR 4.201 for possession of premises for nonpayment of rent also must submit verification indicating whether the property is exempt from the moratorium provided for under the CARES Act. The verification shall be made on a SCAO-approved form.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

April 10, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-7

Administrative Order No. 2020-7 states “On order of the Court, in light of Executive Order 2020-33, Executive Order 2020- 42 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 24, the expiration dates in Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1, 2020-2, and 2020-6 are extended through April 30, 2020, or until further order of the Court.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

April 7, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-6

Administrative Order No. 2020-6 “authorizes judicial officers to conduct proceedings remotely (whether physically present in the courtroom or elsewhere) using two-way interactive videoconferencing technology or other remote participation tools under the following conditions:

  • any such procedures must be consistent with a party’s Constitutional rights;
  • the procedure must enable confidential communication between a party and the party’s counsel;
  • access to the proceeding must be provided to the public either during the proceeding or immediately after via access to a video recording of the proceeding, unless the proceeding is closed or access would otherwise be limited by statute or rule;
  • the procedure must enable the person conducting or administering the procedure to create a recording sufficient to enable a transcript to be produced subsequent to the activity.

While this order is in effect, and consistent with its provisions, all judges in Michigan are required to make a good faith effort to conduct proceedings remotely whenever possible.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

March 27, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-5

“In light of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-21 that temporarily suspends activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life until at least April 13, 2020, at 11:59 pm,” the Supreme Court’s Administrative Order 2020-5 “directs that the expiration date of April 3, 2020, in Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1 and 2020-2 is extended until April 14, 2020, or as provided by further order of the Court.”

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

March 26, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-4

Administrative Order No. 2020-4 suspends “the deadlines for all filings, jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional, in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals as of March 24, 2020,” the effective date of Governor Whitmer’s “stay-at-home” order. Furthermore, it states that all deadlines “will be tolled until the expiration of or a subsequent EO that extends the period in which citizens are required to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.”

 

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

March 24, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-3

Governor Whitmer’s recent “stay-at-home” order has led to the Court’s third emergency order, Administrative Order 2020-3, that extends all “deadlines pertaining to case initiation and the filing of initial responsive pleadings in civil and probate matters during the state of emergency declared by the governor related to COVID-19.”

My colleagues and I want to guarantee that people have their day in court, despite this public health emergency.  This latest order ensures that Courts throughout Michigan remain open for essential functions and emergencies, and we are encouraging them to use video technology or other remote participation tools to get business done in any matters they can.  For example, we are supporting trial courts throughout the state as they move their work online, using the Zoom video conferencing program to conduct hearings.

More information – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

March 19, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-2

Late yesterday we signed Administrative Order 2020-2 that requires all trial courts 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.”

By taking immediate action courts across the state — including circuit, district and probate courts — will be part of the solution to this emergency by building upon steps taken by other branches of government to minimize exposure to the virus and slow the spread of COVID-19.

For ways to help minimize the spread of this virus and protect yourself and your family, and to keep informed of the latest steps taken by the Whitmer Administration please visit: www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

March 16, 2020: Administrative Order No. 2020-1

As the state and nation grapple with the coronavirus outbreak I’m working with my colleagues in state government and the courts to ensure that Michigan’s justice system continues to honor the legal rights of Michigan residents, while protecting their health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis.

None of us knows when this emergency will end but what we do know is this crisis is already upending our day-to-day lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined a week ago.

I assure you Governor Whitmer’s Administration is working hard, and in concert with the federal government, to keep you safe. The steps that have been taken – including the best advice of health experts – can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

My colleagues and I issued an emergency order yesterday, Administrative Order No 2020-1, that authorizes trial courts to implement emergency measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, and provide the greatest protection possible to those who work and have business in our courts. We want trial courts to be mindful that taking reasonable steps to protect the public is more important than strict adherence to normal operating procedures.

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