Emergency Court Closure FAQs

When possible, the Washtenaw County Trial Court will utilize Zoom virtual meeting software to conduct emergency hearings.  In preparation of a possible emergency hearing, please sign up for a free zoom account and download the application to your device (computer, smartphone or tablet) at www.zoom.com.

Parties and counsel are reminded NOT to contact any of our Judges directly.

Emergencies

  • How is the Court handling emergencies during the court closure period?
    • All civil and domestic emergency motions and a separate proposed emergency/ex parte order should be e-filed using the MiFile system.  We are checking the MiFile system regularly for emergencies.  All other emergency motions and proposed emergency orders should be emailed to L-ctadmin@washtenaw.org.  Please DO NOT send civil and domestic emergency motions to the L-ctadmin email. They will be processed through the MiFile system.  Emergent WCTC questions may also be emailed to L-ctadmin@washtenaw.org or you can call 734-222-3057.
  • How is the Court handling requests for Personal Protection orders during the court closure period?
    • Petitions for and proposed Personal Protection Orders should be emailed to L-ppo@washtenaw.org. Forms are also available in the front entrance of the courthouse at 101 E. Huron St. (Monday thru Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm). There is a drop box at the entrance near security for all completed PPO Petitions and proposed Personal Protection Orders for routing to the Judge. Forms for personal protection petitions and orders can also be found on the SCAO’s website  PPO Forms Link

Civil and Domestic (Family/FOC) Cases

  • I have questions regarding custody, parenting time and/or support during the court closure.  How can I receive assistance?
  • How will my civil or domestic (Family) case be rescheduled?
    • Please check back here as we continue to figure out how to resume normal operations.
  • My case or trial is scheduled for April 6th, 2020.  Will it still occur?  
    • This situation changes day-to-day.  Please continue to check this website for information.
  • Statement from the Michigan Supreme Court on Matters Concerning Children
  • Are extensions on discovery times and scheduling orders currently being granted?
    • Of course we understand that many people are impacted in their ability to meet scheduling and discovery deadlines.  While there will be no automatic extensions at this time, reasonable allowances will be made when court begins operating normally.  
  • Will my Case Evaluation still occur?
    • The 4/9/2020 Case Evaluation Docket is canceled.  The Case Evaluation Office is working with each Judge’s office to reschedule cases as necessary.  Please continue to check this site for more information.

Criminal Cases

  • Will my criminal case in Washtenaw County Proceed?
    • Only if the defendant is currently in the Washtenaw County Jail.  If the defendant is in custody in another county or in Michigan Department of Corrections, then the hearing will NOT proceed and will be rescheduled.  
  • How will criminal cases be rescheduled?
  • My case or trial is scheduled for April 6th, 2020.  Will it still occur?
    • This situation changes day-to-day.  Please continue to check this website for information.

Juvenile Cases

  • My child has a juvenile delinquency case set, what should I do?
    • If your child was just detained for a new crime, they will have a hearing the next day at 1:30pm (if the next day is Monday-Friday). Your child will remain at the detention center and will appear by video.  The parent may participate by one of two ways:
      • In person at 101 E. Huron (downtown Circuit Court Courthouse), courtroom 11 at 1:30pm.
      • Via phone - Please provide your phone number to the child’s probation officer or attorney and let them know you wish to appear by telephone.  
    • If your child is currently detained, please contact your child’s probation officer
    • All hearings on non-detained youth are adjourned.

Personal Protection Orders


Probate and Mental Health Cases

  • Is my guardianship or conservatorship case that is currently scheduled between 3/16/2020 and 4/3/2020 adjourned?  What is the next court date?
    • Yes, the case is adjourned.  Staff will assign a new date.  After receiving the new date if you and all parties agree to a different date you may file a stipulated order.  
  • Are mental health hearings still scheduled?
    • Initial petitions on hospitalized patients are being held as scheduled.  If a hospital does not allow the attorney to be at the hospital or if the attorney does not want to be at the hospital, appearance may be made at the courthouse or by telephone.  

      Petitions for continuing mental health treatment in the community or at the Forensic Center are going to be considered on a case by case basis, but are likely to be adjourned.  An interim order continuing the current treatment will be entered.

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