THE COURTS AND COVID-19

Michigan Courts and COVID-19

The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-6 encouraging the use of technology, use of video conferencing to keep state courts functioning throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.  The new order on April 7 is in part a rollback of Administrative Order 2020-2 on March 18, 2020.  The Orders  supersede certain local administrative orders attempting to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak on a courthouse-by-courthouse basis.

Administrative Order 2020-09 temporarily amends Court Rules to require service of process by electronic means to the fullest extent possible, and explicitly allowing subpoenas to require attendance by telephone or remote conferencing systems.  The running catalog of Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Orders in the Covid-19 outbreak is available here. 

Michigan Court Deadlines Resume

Under Administrative Order 2020-16 beginning Monday, June 8, 2020 the periods for all filings, jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional, in the Courts shall resume. For time periods that started before AO No. 2020-4 took effect, the filers shall have the same number of days to submit their filings on June 8, 2020, as they had when the tolling went into effect.

Federal Courts and COVID-19

Other COVID-19 Related Court Resources