Court and COVID-19

Rest assured that none of our operations have been interrupted, the Law Firm has when reasonable, restricted communication with clients to e-mail, telephone, and videoconferencing instead of in-person meetings.  Despite this unprecedented pandemic and the actions and reactions it demands, we will continue to be responsive, minimize disruptions, and accommodate clients’ and colleagues’ protocols.

The purpose of this blog is to provide an update regarding COVID-19 and Court matters.   As of March 31, 2020 the Wayne County Circuit Court has issued the following order.

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

PURSUANT TO MCR 8.l 10(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 (CA YMC) Court Protocols dated March 19, 2020, which contains information on which types of Court services are considered essential during the State of Emergency.
  2. The Domestic Scheduling Order in every case is extended by 60 days from its current deadlines. There is no need to submit a separate Order.
  3. All Domestic Scheduling Conferences, trials and other hearings before the assigned Judge scheduled between March 16, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are adjourned by this Order. New dates will be set by the assigned Judge’s Courtroom. If you have not received a new date within 30 days of the Court resuming full operations, please contact the assigned Courtroom staff, preferably by email.
  4. All Friend of the Court proceedings scheduled between March 16, 2020 and April 30, 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.
  5. Motion hearings before the Family Domestic Judges will resume May 4, 2020 subject to further developments related to the Coronavirus.
  6. EMERGENCIES. Emergencies are defined below. As such, there is an Emergency Judge available each day.

Stelmock Law Firm, PC is closely following developments with the global COVID-19 pandemic, and we are continuing to take measures to protect the health and safety of our personnel and their families. As with you, the situation is forcing us to change the ways we do business, but our commitment to providing outstanding client service remains unchanged.

Rest assured that none of our operations have been interrupted, the Law Firm has when reasonable, restricted communication with clients to e-mail, telephone, and videoconferencing instead of in-person meetings.  Despite this unprecedented pandemic and the actions and reactions it demands, we will continue to be responsive, minimize disruptions, and accommodate clients’ and colleagues’ protocols.

If Stelmock Law Firm, PC is currently handling a matter for you, please contact your attorney and his or her legal assistant as you have already been doing. If you are not yet a client and require legal assistance,  please contact us at 734.927.9782 and we will be happy to help.

Please stay safe, and we will update you if circumstances change.

Sincerely,

Robert J. Stelmock
Managing Attorney