Return to Full Capacity: COVID-19 Guidelines for Michigan’s Judiciary.

Michigan has never faced a challenge like COVID-19. The pandemic is not only taking lives and battering our economy, but also challenging the strength of our institutions. From day one, our judiciary has met this challenge with unmatched dedication to public service and an unwavering commitment to innovation in keeping courts operating and accessible to the public. By working together, we have addressed immediate concerns regarding how our courts provide essential services and have ramped up our ability to hear other business in virtual courtrooms. Now, as responsible stewards of our justice system, we must develop a strategy for returning to full capacity that works for our 57 circuit courts, 78 probate courts, 107 district and municipal courts, more than 160 different funding units, and 559 independently-elected judgeships. However, we cannot have 559 different plans; our judiciary must have one plan that clearly describes the steps that must be taken to protect public health while getting our branch of government back to full speed. Administrative Order No. 2020-14 provides the authority and this document provides the specific guidance trial courts need to move forward. Michigan. Supreme Court. 2020 


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