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May 15, 2020

Following Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order, Isabella County Trial Court Implements Phased Approach to Reopening Courthouse to the Public

Mount Pleasant, MI May 15th 2020 –

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Isabella County Trial Court has again extended its closure to the general public until further order of the court. On May 6th, 2020 the Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-14, which establishes a 4 phased process for all state trial courts to re-open courthouse facilities to the general public.

Under the Michigan Supreme Court Guidelines, each phase requires a minimum of 14 days to complete. The Isabella County Trial Court’s readiness to enter each phase is dependent on whether the following criteria have been satisfied

  1. There have been no COVID-19 confirmed or suspected cases in the court facility within a 14-day period; or, confirmed or suspected cases have occurred in the court facility, but deep cleaning of exposed areas and applicable employee self-quarantine actions have been taken.
  2. There is a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests); and,
  3. State and local orders restricting movement and/or requiring shelter in-place have been rescinded; and,
  4. Regional health care facilities are able to treat all patients without crisis care.

Court leaders will regularly communicate with local public health officials regarding data specific to our community and whether the above criteria have been met. Due to the governor’s current ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ Executive Order, the first phase cannot start until after May 28th, 2020.

As the courts continue to operate in the early phases of this plan, court employees will continue to work remotely as much as possible. The frequency and use of remote hearings will continue to expand, courtrooms will continue to be limited to no more than 10 people and face masks, and social distancing for all persons within the courthouse will continue to be required. In later phases, additional staff and members of the public will be permitted to conduct normal business operations within the courthouse. The 4th and final phase is a return to full capacity and does not occur until local, state and federal governments agree that the pandemic has ended.

Consistent with the governor’s most recent executive order, as well as local judicial order, court staff and members of the public are required to wear a face mask or face covering upon entering the courthouse, to the extent that it is medically tolerable.

Anyone with a scheduled hearing or pending court matter will receive notice, via the US mail, regarding future hearing dates – whether in person or via video conference technology (Zoom).

For all parties noticed to appear for a proceeding via Zoom video conference technology, it is important to understand that the court is not able to provide you with technical assistance, nor time to test and/or troubleshoot technical issues. Parties are advised to please take the time, before a scheduled court date, to test your device, gain familiarity with the platform, and insure that your connection is adequate. You can test your Windows, Apple, or Android device and networking prior to any proceeding by visiting:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362313-How-Do-I-Test-My-Video-

Please also consider reviewing Zoom training and support materials at www.Zoom.us

https://michiganlegalhelp.org/self-help-tools/going-court/what-expect-virtual-hearing