Returning to Court- COVID-19 Protocols

Zoom technology is being used to conduct MOST court hearings AT THE COURT HOUSE IN ORDER TO LIMIT CONTACT.
the court is using a check-in system AT THE FRONT DOOR FOR ALL VISITORS.


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The COVID-19 Pandemic created many challenges for the court.  At the direction of Chief Judge Mark Fratarcangeli, the Court vowed to take precautions and make necessary changes to create a safe environment for both the public and employees. The court immediately began using the Zoom technology platform to conduct virtual hearings and made arrangements for individuals without access to technology to use it at the courthouse safely via I-Pad.  

 

The court made several additional changes and advancements to better serve the public during the pandemic, including the following:

  • The court added a Facebook page to easily push information to court users and the general public, relating to operations, policies and procedures. Search @40thDistrictCourt and follow the court Facebook page for updates. 
  • In addition to text message reminders, the court began offering email reminders for court hearings. Anyone with an upcoming court date who is interested in receiving the text messaging or email reminder option(s) is encouraged to contact the 40th District Court at (586) 445-5280. 
  • Clerk Virtual Counter was made available on the court website so that the public can interact with court staff via Zoom regarding cases and general questions. The virtual counter will be available Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
  • Safety barriers and 6-foot distancing markings were placed throughout the courthouse to allow for proper social distancing and to abide by CDC guideline. 
  • An outdoor kiosk unit will soon be installed and will be used for payments, document drop off, case look-up and other added functionality.  The kiosk will be available on the exterior of the courthouse, 24-7.  The kiosk is estimated to be functional in March 2021. 

 

The court has continued to readily adapt throughout the pandemic to provide a safe and productive court environment for the citizens of St. Clair Shores.  The court is abiding by directives from the State Court Administrator’s Office and has implemented a phased-plan approach for allowing the public into the building. 

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the following in-person hearing protocols will be mandatory:

  • When you arrive, all visitors must use the iPad Check-in system and sign in at the front door.  
  • Once you have checked in for Court, please return to your car to await a text message from the courtroom notifying you when the judge is ready for your case.
  • Once you have received the text message, be prepared to show it to the front door security along with proper identification.  
  • If you do not have a vehicle, or your phone is not with you, please advise Court Security and use one of the socially distanced, marked spaces along the sidewalk to wait until Court Security calls you into the building.  
  • The court officer will take everyone’s temperature with a touchless forehead scanning thermometer prior to entry.  
  • Only parties to a case are allowed entry to the court. Anyone wishing to watch the proceedings may do so via YouTube Live.  
  • All visitors and attorneys must wear a mask/face covering.  If you do not have a mask/face covering, one will be provided for you.
  • After screening, Court Security will direct parties to the proper courtroom.
ANYONE WHO CHOOSES TO DISREGARD THE FACIAL MASK AND/OR SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE COURTHOUSE PREMISES.

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PER MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT DIRECTIVES, THE 40TH DISTRICT COURT WILL BE FOLLOWING A PHASED APPROACH FOR FULLY RE-OPENING TO THE PUBLIC.

THE COURT CORRESPONDS WITH LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS FREQUENTLY AND IS TAKING PROACTIVE MEASURES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF BOTH STAFF AND THE PUBLIC AT THE COURT.


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