Daily Briefs

36th District Court has new initiative for electronic submission of photos and videos

Recognizing that the inclusion of cell phones on the court’s Prohibited Items List can make it difficult for litigants to present electronic evidence at hearings, Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount has announced a new initiative to ease the process.

Effective Monday, October 15, 2018, litigants may email any photos or videos they wish to have entered into evidence prior to a hearing. This new functionality will increase accessibility and efficiency for the public, security, court staff and the bench.

“Delivering services to the public is the core of what we do,” said Court Administrator Kelli Moore Owen. “We are committed to improving what matters most to all parties involved in litigation and concentrating on enhancing the court user’s experience. Often during landlord-tenant, small claims and even traffic cases, one or more parties say they have taken photos on a cell phone, which they feel will support their case.”

“This is just one of the new initiatives we are developing to meet the needs of the citizens we serve and improve accessibility,” said Blount. “We continue to focus on applying the latest technology to improve efficiency and convenience to the public.”

At least two business days prior to the scheduled hearing, evidence may be emailed to photo.evidence@36thdistrictcourt.org. The 36th District Court is committed to implementing new procedures and technological capabilities in an on-going mission to become more user-friendly.

For more information, visit http://www.36th districtcourt.org/online-services/submit-electronic-evidence


Area attorney sworn in at U.S. Supreme Court

Foster Swift attorney Stefania Gismondi was among those from the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers Section sworn in at the United States Supreme Court at a small group bar admission ceremony on October 10 in Washington, D.C.

Gismondi, an alumna of the University of Michigan, is a member of the firm’s General Litigation group and practices in the Southfield office. The 2010 Wayne State Law grad has experience working with small business enterprises and non-profits.


Business Court of the Wayne County Circuit Court and Detroit Bar Association conference

The Business Court of the Wayne County Circuit Court, in conjunction with the Detroit Bar Association Business/Commercial Litigation Section, is hosting a free lunchtime Business Court – Bar Conference on Friday, October 26 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the jury room on the 3rd floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Two Woodward Avenue in Detroit.