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35th District Court Emergency Plan COVID-19
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DAILY AMENDMENTS AND UPDATES

Last Updated 10/19/2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Whitmer’s declared State of Emergency, her Executive Orders, and the Michigan Supreme Court’s March 18, 2020 Administrative Order 2020-2, including any and all subsequent Administrative Orders, the 35th District Court has hereby adopted the following Emergency Policy with the intent of promoting social distancing while continuing to provide critical judicial services in order to protect the rights and health of all people who have business with this Court. This policy shall be effective beginning Monday, October 19, 2020, through indefinitely, unless otherwise stated below.  

With the State Court Administrative Office’s October 10, 2020, approval of the 35th District Court’s “Plan to Return to Full Capacity Phase Three” (35th DC Administrative Order 2020-04), the Court is functioning as follows:

A reduced but essential Court staff shall continue to report daily during this Phase.

All Judges of the Court shall be responsible for the handling of those files that have been assigned to them, with the exception of those matters that fall under the responsibility of the arraignment week Judge.

PAYMENTS

Payments may be made in-person at the Court, by way of phone, online, by mail and/or by placement in the drop box located at the front of the Courthouse.

CRIMINAL MATTERS

All participants in criminal matters will be notified in advance as to whether their case will be heard in-person at the Court, or virtually by way of Zoom, to be determined by the presiding Judge.

If your Notice does not specify that you have a scheduled Zoom hearing, and/or if it says “Check-In With Security,” you are required to appear in-person at the Court.

PROBATION

All “Reporting Probation” shall be by way of telephone or Zoom, unless decided otherwise by a Probation Officer, with communications to be initiated by Court personnel.

The scheduling of probation department appointments shall be at the discretion of each Probation Officer, and will be communicated to each Probationer by email, telephone, or by way of a Notice mailed from the Court.

Probationers are advised to contact their Probation Officer for all questions and concerns related to their matter.

RESTART OF COURT ORDERED FACILITY ALCOHOL/DRUG/CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TESTING

Due to the reopening of all testing facilities used by this Court’s Probationers, all testing that was temporarily suspended was restarted June 20, 2020, and shall continue in a manner that is consistent with the original orders of the Court.

Probationers are encouraged to contact their testing facilities to determine if they have new hours of operation and/or if they have implemented any new operating procedures.

A defendant wishing to appear and be arraigned on a Warrant issued by this Court shall follow the procedure below:

  1. Appear at the Court between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    1. Explain to front door security that you are attempting to appear on a warrant that has been issued by the 35th District Court.  You will to be asked to self-screen using posted screening questions and a form that must be completed prior to entering the facility, which may be submitted in paper form or online.
    2. After your file has been pulled, Security will inform you of whether the Court’s Emergency Policies, Practices and/or Phase Three Plan permit you to enter the building.  If so, you will told where to wait until your case is called by the Judge.
    3. If you are not permitted entry, Court Staff will contact you while you are waiting in your vehicle and inform you of whether your case will be heard via Zoom that day or at another time.  In either case, your warrant will be cancelled.
    4. Failure to appear for your newly scheduled arraignment, whether in-person or by Zoom, will result in the immediate reissuance of a warrant(s), with the amount of bail to be determined by a Judge.
FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR SCHEDULED ZOOM HEARING

Any individual who fails to appear for a scheduled Zoom hearing shall be Show Caused immediately, and will be notified as to whether their Show Cause hearing will be heard in-person at the Court, or virtually by way of Zoom, to be determined by the presiding Judge. Failure to appear for the Show Cause hearing shall then result in the immediate issuance of a Bench Warrant for the defendant’s arrest.

SHOW CAUSE FOR FAILURE TO PAY

Any individual who fails to comply with an order to pay issued by this Court shall be Show Caused upon the passing of the payment deadline, and will be notified as to whether their Show Cause hearing case will be heard in-person at the Court, or virtually by way of Zoom, to be determined by the presiding Judge. Failure to appear for the Show Cause hearing shall then result in the immediate issuance of a Bench Warrant for the defendant’s arrest.

TRAFFIC CIVIL INFRACTION MATTERS

All participants in traffic civil infraction matters will be notified in advance as to whether their matter will be heard in-person at the Court, or virtually by way of Zoom, to be determined by the presiding Judge.

If your Notice does not specify that you have a scheduled Zoom hearing, and/or if it says “Check-In With Security,” you are required to appear in-person at the Court.

GENERAL CIVIL MATTERS

All participants in general civil matters will be notified in advance as to whether their matter will be heard in-person at the Court, or virtually by way of Zoom, to be determined by the presiding Judge.

If your Notice does not specify that you have a scheduled Zoom hearing, and/or if it says “Check-In With Security,” you are required to appear in-person at the Court.

All necessary filing fees continue to be required, and pleadings shall not be stamped “received” until full payment is in possession of the Court.

LANDLORD-TENANT MATTERS

Summary proceedings, hearings, and trials were adjourned beginning March 17, 2020.  So long as those rescheduled matters were not in violation of any of the Governor’s or Michigan Supreme Court’s Orders, they were not heard until after July 15, 2020.  Beginning July 16, 2020, consistent with Amendment of Administrative Order No. 2020-17, Landlord-Tennant matters have been heard using a 6-category “prioritization approach,” with all participants to be notified in advance as to whether their matter will be heard in-person at the Court, or virtually by way of Zoom, to be determined by the presiding Judge.

A filer who filed a case before April 16, 2020, must update the factual allegations in the complaint and file the verification form required by Administrative Order No. 2020-8, before a hearing will be scheduled.

DEFENDANTS: Be aware that you have the right to counsel, as more fully described in MCR 4.201(F)(2).

All participants in landlord-tenant matters will be notified in advance as to whether their matter will be heard in-person at the Court, or virtually by way of Zoom, to be determined by the presiding Judge.  If your Notice does not specify that you have a scheduled Zoom hearing, and/or if it says “Check-In With Security,” you are required to appear in-person at the Court.

Consistent with Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2020-8, a complainant who filed a summary proceeding action before July 25, 2020, under MCR 4.201 for possession of premises for non-payment of rent, must also submit verification indicating whether the property is exempt from the moratorium provided for by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  The verification shall be made on and with the filing of SCAO approved form DC 504, Revised 7/20.  The scheduling of new filings that do not fall under Order 2020-8 shall otherwise continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis.

DEFENDANT TENNANTS BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • You have the right to counsel, as more fully described in MCR 4.201(F)(2).
  • You have the right to a trial by judge or by jury.
  • The Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHHS), the local Coordinated Entry Agency (CEA), and/or the Help for Homeless Veterans Program may be able to assist you with some or all of the rent due.
  • Immediately upon receipt of your Summons and Complaint, whether by personal service or by attachment to your door, you are encouraged to call Lakeshore Legal Aid at (888) 783-8190 for legal assistance, in addition to the Housing Assistance Resources that have been attached to your Summons and Complaint, as they may be able to provide you with help in paying your rent, or if you are in need of financial assistance in order to move.
  • The Michigan Community Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) and local CDRP office are possible sources of case resolution.
  • A Conditional Dismissal is a possibility, pursuant to MCR 2.602, if approved by all parties and the proper form is filed with the Court.

Consistent with Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2020-8, a complainant who filed a summary proceeding action before July 25, 2020, under MCR 4.201 for possession of premises for non-payment of rent, must also submit verification indicating whether the property is exempt from the moratorium provided for by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  The verification shall be made on and with the filing of SCAO approved form DC 504, Revised 7/20.  The scheduling of new filings that do not fall under Order 2020-8 shall otherwise continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis.

In order to avail oneself of the protections of The Center for Disease Control’s September 4, 2020 Order Temporarily Halting Residential Evictions, under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264) and 42 CFR 70.2, a tenant, lessee, or resident of a residential property must provide a timely “Declaration” under penalty of perjury, establishing that they are a “Covered Person” who is protected by said Order, and must do so in full compliance with all of the requirements set forth within the Order.

VIRTUAL COURTROOM PROCEEDINGS

All 35th District Court virtual proceedings shall be conducted via Zoom. The Court shall communicate directions and expectations to the “remote participants” prior to the virtual proceedings. The remote participants with whom the Court shall initiate contact in criminal matters includes prosecutors, defense attorneys and unrepresented defendants. The remote participants with whom the Court shall initiate contact in civil matters includes plaintiff attorneys, defense attorneys and unrepresented plaintiffs and defendants. After the Court’s initialcontact with the above listed remote participants, it shall be the responsibility of each remote participant to coordinate the virtual appearance of their necessary witnesses, and to forward to those witnesses the Court’s directions and expectations prior to the proceeding. If a participant is in-custody, the Court shall take responsibility for contacting the detention facility where he or she is located and arrange for their availability. *NOTICE TO ATTORNEYS: If your client is in-custody it is your responsibility to arrange for and have any and all privileged and confidential communications with them PRIOR to their matter being heard by the Court.

LIVE STREAMING OF COURT PROCEEDINGS

By order of this Court, no individual or entity, without first having the expressed written authorization of a Judge of the 35th District Court, shall copy, photograph, video record, audio record, alter, re-stream, rebroadcast, retransmit and/or duplicate the contents of any video that is streamed or published by this Court. Any violations of this Order shall be handled at the discretion of the presiding judge, and may result in contempt proceedings.

WEDDINGS

No weddings shall be scheduled or held at the Court until further notice.

Any and/or all of the above procedures may be extended, revised, or cancelled at any point without advanced notice. It is suggested that you return to this website daily for updates.

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