Washtenaw County Trial Court enacts new policy

In order to ensure compliance with MCR 2.119 (A)(2) , and to ensure that judges have received sufficient time to adequately review all submitted documents prior to motions being heard in open court, the Washtenaw County Trial Court has enacted a new policy effective Feb. 20, 2012 for all motions and answers to motions in domestic relations and civil cases.

Whenever a party or attorney files a motion, or answer to a motion, they must provide a stamped "judge's copy" of the filing at the time the document is submitted to the court. Court staff will deliver the "judge's copy" to the judges of the court. No motion, or answer to a motion, will be accepted for filing in a domestic relations or civil case unless a stamped "judges copy" is provided at the time the document is submitted to the court for filing.

This policy applies to motions received via mail or in person. (The Washtenaw County Trial Court does not accept filing by fax.) Any motion, or answer to a motion, that is not in compliance with this policy will be returned to the presenter/sender and will not be considered filed.

Also effective Feb. 20, 2012, there will be a minimum two-week scheduling period for all motions in domestic relations and civil cases in the Washtenaw County Trial Court. The earliest date that a motion will be scheduled for hearing will be two weeks from the date of the filing of that motion.

Published: Thu, Feb 2, 2012

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