Emergency Court Closure FAQs

Emergencies/Motion Hearings

  • How is the Court handling emergencies/motions during the court closure period?
    • Please click here on how to schedule your motion for a Zoom virtual hearing.
      • In lieu of SCAO contact information form MC505 or Notice of Hearing form MC506, the Washtenaw County Trial Court is using "Zoom Notice of Motion Hearing Form" and collecting case information for the hearing.  
      • Zoom Notice of Motion Hearing Form 
    • Please file a separate proposed emergency/ex parte order if you are using the MiFile system. 
    • Emergent WCTC questions may also be emailed to [email protected] or you can call 734-222-3057.

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.

Civil and Domestic (Family/FOC) Cases

  • Are my parenting time, custody and child support orders still in effect and enforceable?
  • I have questions regarding custody, parenting time and/or support during the court closure.  How can I receive assistance?
    • Please consult the FAQ document above.  If you still have questions, please email [email protected] and provide full name and case number in the email.
  • How can I schedule a Zoom Pro Con Hearing during the Court Closure?
  • 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 after June 14, 2020.  Will it still occur?  
  • I need help resolving a family law issue.
    • Volunteer Mediator Program: Lori Buiteweg, Veronique Liem and Diana Raimi, on behalf of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Michigan Chapter, have initiated a Volunteer Mediator Program for domestic motions during the COVID19 court closure.  Motions filed during the closure may be referred by the judge to a mediator who will attempt to resolve the issues in the motion: there is no cost for the first full hour of time spent in mediation (mediators will individually choose whether to volunteer additional time if the issues cannot be resolved in one hour).  If you or your client would like to utilize this program, please email  [email protected] and request a referral.
       
      If you would like to participate as a mediator in the Volunteer Mediator Program, please contact Lori Buiteweg at [email protected].  If you are not on the Court’s approved mediator list and would like to apply, the application is here. Applications are being reviewed while the Court is closed.  
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  • 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 month of May Case Evaluation Dockets and the June 11 Case Evaluation docket are 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.

Personal Protection Orders

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Criminal Dockets for all in-custody and a selection of out-of-custody criminal cases are live streamed M-F @ 1:30 pm via YouTube. Please click "Live Stream"

  • Will my criminal case in Washtenaw County Proceed?
    • If the defendant is currently in the incarcerated or agrees to participate via Zoom, the hearing will go forward.   
  • How will criminal cases be rescheduled?
  • My case or trial is scheduled for after June 14, 2020.  Will it still occur?

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 1:30 pm (if the next day is Monday-Friday), or, if detained on a Friday after 1:30 pm the hearing will be on the following Saturday at 10 am. Your child will remain at the detention center and will appear by video via Zoom virtual meeting technology.  

      The parent may participate by one of three ways:
      • In person at 101 E. Huron (downtown Circuit Court Courthouse), courtroom 11 at 1:30 pm.
      • Via Zoom Virtual meeting software - You may sign up for a free Zoom account and download the application to your device (computer, smartphone or tablet) at www.zoom.com. To connect to a hearing, please review the instructions on the following document: Zoom for Public
      • 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 until the court reopens.

Probate and Mental Health Cases

  • Is my guardianship or conservatorship case that is currently scheduled between 3/16/2020 and 6/14/2020 adjourned?  What is the next court date?
    • Yes, the case is adjourned unless you have been contacted by the court and told otherwise. 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.  You may request that a zoom hearing be held by sending your request to [email protected].
  • Are mental health hearings still scheduled?
    • Mental health hearings are still scheduled at their regular time. Attorneys are to appear at the hearing via Zoom. Hospitals/doctors are to appear via Zoom. Attorneys and hospitals have been sent specific instructions. If you need those instructions, please email Teresa Killeen ([email protected]). If you are a family member who wishes to attend the meeting, please email Teresa Killeen with your contact information.
  • I have a contested probate petition filed. How are these issues being handled?
    • We are very fortunate to have several generous probate attorneys, who are trained as mediators, who have volunteered to serve as mediators on contested petitions filed in Probate during the COVID19 Court closure. Contested petitions filed during the closure may be referred by the judge to a mediator who will attempt to resolve the issues in the motion. There is no cost for the first full hour of time spent in mediation (mediators will individually choose whether to volunteer additional time if the issues cannot be resolved in one hour). If you or your client have filed a contested petition and would like to utilize this program, please email Teresa Killeen ([email protected]) and request a referral.
  • I am a trained mediator and probate attorney, how can I help?
    • If you would like to participate as a mediator in the Volunteer Mediator Program, please contact Teresa Killeen ([email protected]).

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Additional Information

  • There is a drop box for filing documents from 8:00am - 4:30pm at the courthouse before you come through security. They will be processed as soon as possible. Attorneys should not place filings for cases with mandatory e-filing in the drop box. They must be e-filed.
  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Washtenaw County Trial Court is limiting access to the courtrooms and is conducting some hearings remotely.  Any member of the public may request and obtain a copy of public hearing videos by emailing [email protected].  Please put in the subject line - "Video Recording Request" and include the case number and date of the hearing.


*If you have a request of the Court that you do not see addressed in the FAQs above, please email [email protected] and a court employee will respond as soon as possible.