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State of Emergency - Court Protocols (Family Division-Domestic Relations and Friend of the Court)

May 04, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE
STATE OF MICHIGAN
THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT


Subject: State of Emergency - Court Protocols
(Family Division-Domestic Relations Section and Friend of the Court)

PURSUANT TO MCR 8.110(C)(3)(a) and (b), in consideration of the State of Emergency now existing in the State of Michigan, and pursuant to the authority to supervise caseload management and monitor disposition of the judicial work of the court, the Chief Judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court orders as follows:

  1. This Order supplements the 2020 State of Emergency-Family Domestic Relations (CAYMC) Court Protocols dated March 19, 2020, which contains information on which types of Court services are considered essential during the State of Emergency and replaces the 2020 State of Emergency-Family Domestic Relations (CAYMC) Court Protocols dated March 31, 2020, which contained information on the scheduling of hearings.
  2. Due dates contained in Domestic Scheduling Orders entered prior to March 31, 2020 were extended by 60 days from their original deadlines. There is no need to submit a separate Order.
  3. All hearings before the assigned Judge scheduled between March 16, 2020 and May 10, 2020 are adjourned by this Order. New dates have been set by the Court. If you have not received notice of the adjourned date within 30 days of May 11, 2020, please contact the assigned Courtroom staff, preferably by email.
  4. All Family Domestic Judicial Hearings will be held via Zoom commencing May 11, 2020, until further Order of the Court. New hearing notices have been sent. If you have not received a new notice, please contact the assigned Courtroom staff, preferably by email.
  5. All Friend of the Court proceedings scheduled between March 16, 2020 and May 10, 2020, including, but not limited to, hearings in front of the Friend of the Court Referees, Friend of the Court initiated Show Cause Hearings, FAME appointments, and Friend of the Court Case Establishment hearings are adjourned by this Order. The Friend of the Court and FAME department will re-notice these proceedings.
  6. Friend of the Court initiated Show Cause Hearings will be held telephonically after May 11, 2020. Parties should expect to receive a phone call for these hearings on or before the scheduled date and time for the hearing.
  7. Notices for motions filed between March 16, 2020 and May 10, 2020 that require Friend of the Court Referee hearings will be sent to parties and/or attorneys.
  8. If you have not received notice of a hearing date for any Friend of the Court or FAME matter within 30 days of May 11, 2020, please contact the assigned Referee's Information Specialist, for referee hearings, FAME Department, or the appropriate department for other Friend of the Court matters, preferably by email.
  9. All Friend of the Court Referee Hearings and FAME appointments will be held via Zoom commencing May 11, 2020, until further Order of the Court. Parties and attorneys will be provided with notices and information on how to participate in the Zoom hearings or appointments.
  10. Procedures for filing pleading may be found on the Court's website at http://www.3rdcc.org/divisions/family-domestic/emergency-and-non-emergency-filings.
  11. Procedures for the filing of Petitions for Personal Protection Orders (PPO) and other PPO matters may be found at http://www.3rdcc.org/divisions/family-domestic/personal-protection-order-filing-instructions

IT IS SO ORDERED.

May 04, 2020
Timothy M. Kenny, Chief Judge
Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan

 

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