Lawyers and legal services providers who are dissatisfied with how their courts' operations are responding in light of COVID-related closures need to see what @MISupremeCourt and the Michigan Court system are doing. Because they are hitting it out of the park. (Thread)
(2) Then review her Administrative Order No. 2020-6 Expanding Authority for Judicial Officers to Conduct Proceedings Remotely.
(3) Read the newly created (and excellent) Michigan Trial Courts Virtual Courtroom Standards and Guidelines from the Michigan State Court Administrative Office. https://courts.michigan.gov/Administration/SCAO/Resources/Documents/standards/VCR_stds.pdf
(That last document was rapidly developed by a Virtual Courtroom Task Force with participants from numerous constituents: https://courts.michigan.gov/NewsEvents/Documents/Virtual%20Courtroom%20Task%20Force%20members.pdf…)
(6) Finally, note the step-by-step checklist they developed for all Michigan Courts, which covers limiting access to court buildings as required for safety, maintaining operations and case flow as much as possible, and resuming operations when appropriate. https://courts.michigan.gov/Administration/SCAO/Resources/Documents/COVID-19/CourtsAndCovid-19.pdf
This is it. This is the model that all courts should be following. If yours is falling short of Michigan's gold standard, then take these materials and send 'em to anyone who will listen. Justice delayed is justice denied, and courts need to keep cases moving whenever possible.
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