COVID-19 updated Court services

The Governor has issued a State of Emergency and the Michigan Supreme Court has unanimously entered an Order to authorize 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.”

With the growing concern over COVID-19, the Courts have adopted the following precautionary measures for all Courts within the 12th Circuit. These Courts include the 12th Circuit Courts, Probate Courts and the 97th District Courts for the Counties of Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw, effective immediately.

• We ask that you not go to the courthouse for non-emergency/routine matters. Contact the appropriate court by telephone to determine the appropriate course of action.

• All Civil Cases may be adjourned. Please contact the appropriate Court. The Courts may entertain conducting hearings by telephone or other electronic means on a case by case basis.

• Treatment Court testing, with the exception of those individuals utilizing Soberlink, will be temporarily suspended. This shall remain in effect until further notice.

• Mediation by the Friend of the Court will be conducted by electronic means.

• District Court probationers shall report by telephone until Apr. 3. Follow the instructions of your probation officer after Apr. 3, with regard to any update on probation reporting requirements.

• All traffic related informal hearings scheduled with the Magistrates Office will be adjourned and rescheduled. Notices will be sent by mail after Apr. 3.

• Weddings to be performed by the Court will not be scheduled at this time.

• Guardian ad litmus may conduct any and all required visits by phone or other electronic means.

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