62-B District Court COVID-19 Update

62-B District Court COVID-19 Update

June 22 Update:  In light of the continued decline of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Michigan and the accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines, together with recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for fully vaccinated individuals, courts can safely expand operations and tailor mitigation measures to local conditions.

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2020-14, all Michigan courts have advanced to Phase 4 of Return to Full Capacity as of June 21. Please be advised, no local administrative order, or LAO, is required for Phase 4.  The 62-B District Court's current Plan to Return to Full Capacity Phase LAO will be administratively closed

Virtual court proceedings will continue along with in-person court proceedings, including jury proceedings, will be allowed, consistent with local public health guidance and MIOSHA guidelines pertaining to social distancing, capacity limitations, mask requirements for court participants are required as medically tolerated, etc.

Judge Sterkenburg retains the discretion to require individuals in the courtroom to use masks generally or in specific cases, particularly cases involving persons who are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Masks may be provided in these incidents.