Daily Briefs

36th District Court announces electronic court date reminders

The 36th District Court announced Monday that beginning February 4, 2019, individuals will have the option to sign up for electronic court date reminders for future scheduled court proceedings.

The Court Date Reminder service is optional and available to all parties for all case types. Individuals opting for this service complete an easy, online form on the court’s website, and a reminder will be sent via text and/or email two days before the scheduled proceeding. The user has the option to “unsubscribe” at any time. 

“We are very pleased to offer this new option to assist individuals in appearing for their scheduled court dates timely,” said Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount. “Electronic reminders are currently available to consumers from a wide variety of service providers. We will continue to expand services for the public’s convenience and for our court users’ overall satisfaction.”  

“Most people have a cell phone and/or email account,” said Court Administrator Kelli Moore Owen. “In today’s fast-paced society, many manage their calendars and schedules from some type of electronic device. For those that do, having the option to receive an additional electronic reminder for scheduled court proceedings will be extremely beneficial for everyone. We are hopeful that the reminders will reduce the failure to appear rate of all parties on the case.” She added, “Of course, we will continue to send a Notice to Appear through regular mail.” 

To sign up for the Court Date Reminder service and other conveniences available online, visit the court’s website at http://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/.


Policy requires U of Michigan employees  to disclose felonies

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is requiring faculty, staff, student employees, volunteers and visiting scholars to disclose if they've been newly charged with or convicted of a felony.

The Ann Arbor News reports the new policy requires them to inform the university within one week of a charge or conviction that occurs on or after Feb. 1. The school's human resources department will assess the information on a case-by-case basis.

Those who fail to disclose felony charges and convictions could face disciplinary actions including the loss of their job. Currently, job applicants at the university must answer criminal history questions on their applications and go through a background check before they begin employment.

The newspaper says the new policy doesn't apply to employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement.


Portrait unveiling  ceremony March 8

Detroit Mercy Law will host a portrait unveiling ceremony honoring alumna and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, March 8 in the atrium of the school’s Riverfront Campus, 651 E. Jefferson Ave. The portrait, painted by Detroit artist Henry Heading, is a gift from Detroit Mercy Law student organizations. All members of the legal community are welcome to attend this celebration. RSVP at http:// law-school.udmercy.edu/langford-morris/