Michigan Courts and COVID-19

The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-2 on March 18, 2020.  The Order would supersede certain local administrative orders attempting to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak on a courthouse-by-courthouse basis. The new administrative order applies to all Michigan Courts and severely restricts all in person hearings in all but absolutely necessary cases.   Highlights of the AO include:

  • Access to courtrooms and other spaces limited to no more than 10 persons
  • All criminal hearings for defendants in custody to be held with “two-way interactive technology”
  • All criminal proceedings where the defendant is not in custody are adjourned, and all criminal trials are adjourned until after April 3, 2020
  • All Civil and Business Court matters, including trials, must be conducted remotely using “two-way interactive video technology, or adjourned until after April 3, 2020