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36th District Court announces temporary suspension of felony exam and criminal misdemeanor dockets

Effective immediately, the 36th District Court’s felony exam and criminal misdemeanor dockets are suspended through March 31 and will resume on April 1, 2020. All scheduled matters will be adjourned to a later date, and all parties will be properly notified.

Beginning April 1, all 36th District Court matters will be conducted via Zoom, until further notice. This course of action is being taken to protect as many individuals as possible from the spread of COVID-19 and to further assist and support our state and city government.

“We understand the effects that this may have on a person waiting in jail to appear in court, but we want to ensure that all liberties are protected — one being representation,” said Chief Judge William C. McConico. “Bond hearings for those who are in custody will continue remotely during this time. As we see daily in the media, COVID-19 does not have a specific target and is impacting a tremendous amount of the population, including those government employees who have been deemed as essential.”

McConico added:?“Calls are coming in every day from attorneys and prosecutors requesting adjournments because of COVID-19. We are hoping that this suspension gives those affected, directly and indirectly, a bit more time to complete their goals of constructing alternative appearance methods, executing contingency plans, and/or simply providing time to recover.”

McConico said the court “appreciates the patience and understanding of all parties during this suspension, while each of us works to get through this difficult period. These changes are occurring rapidly, and the flexibility of all involved is much appreciated.”

The court had previously announced further measures to address the threat of coronavirus.

The court said Thursday that it is extending its period of limited operations previously announced on March 13 to coincide with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

Although the court was scheduled to resume normal operations on Monday April 6, the current safeguards in place due to COVID-19 will now extend through Monday, April 13.

For more information, visit https://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/.


Nessel issues urgent consumer alert

Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday issued an urgent consumer alert urging Michiganders to be on high alert for bad actors aiming to coerce them out of their personal information in a new federal stimulus payment scam.   

Scammers are using the news that the federal government will send one-time payments to millions of people across the country as part of the federal economic relief response to COVID-19 to steal personal information.

The Michigan Department of Attorney General has already received reports that residents are getting emails from websites appearing to be official demanding that they provide PayPal, bank account or other financial information to receive the $1,200 federal stimulus payment immediately. 

For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the federal stimulus payment and specific disbursement details, only visit the IRS website. 


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