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NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020

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Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 positive cases within Berrien County, the Berrien County Trial Court is making two announcements regarding operational changes.   

Effective November 18, 2020, the Trial Court will be returning to Phase One of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Return to Full Capacity Guide.  The court will be conducting hearings remotely via Zoom in as many instances as possible. Notices will be provided to those with pending court cases which include Zoom contact information to utilize to engage in their court hearings.  A very limited amount of hearings will be allowed to occur in-person, and those individuals will be notified of their ability to attend in-person.  Attorneys will also be encouraged to participate in court proceedings remotely.  If you have a question regarding the status of your case or hearing, please use the Department Contact Information listing at the Trial Court website to call or e-mail the court for a status update.  No walk-in foot traffic will be allowed at this time and all individuals must file new paperwork with the court either by mail, drop box, or e-mail.  Any in-person contact with departments at the courthouse facilities will be by appointment only.   

Additionally, in order to maintain the health and safety of the public and staff, the Trial Court will be suspending jury trials through the remainder of 2020. Jurors who have been summoned to report for jury service for the remainder of 2020 are excused and will not be required to call in for duty. The ability of the court to safely resume jury trials will be re-evaluated in January of 2021.

November 1st, 2020

Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 positive cases within Berrien County, the Berrien County Trial Court is making two announcements regarding operational changes.   

Effective November 18, 2020, the Trial Court will be returning to Phase One of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Return to Full Capacity Guide.  The court will be conducting hearings remotely via Zoom in as many instances as possible.  Notices will be provided to those with pending court cases which include Zoom contact information to utilize to engage in their court hearings.  A very limited amount of hearings will be allowed to occur in-person, and those individuals will be notified of their ability to attend in-person.  Attorneys will also be encouraged to participate in court proceedings remotely.  If you have a question regarding the status of your case or hearing, please use the Department Contact Information listing at the Trial Court website to call or e-mail the court for a status update.  No walk-in foot traffic will be allowed at this time and all individuals must file new paperwork with the court either by mail, drop box, or e-mail.  Any in-person contact with departments at the courthouse facilities will be by appointment only.   

Additionally, in order to maintain the health and safety of the public and staff, the Trial Court will be suspending jury trials through the remainder of 2020.  Jurors who have been summoned to report for jury service for the remainder of 2020 are excused and will not be required to call in for duty.  The ability of the court to safely resume jury trials will be re-evaluated in January of 2021.

OCTOBER 26TH, 2020

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October 5th, 2020

Parameters for Conducting In-Person Jury (PDF) Opens in new window

OCTOBER 1ST, 2020

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September 4th, 2020

The Berrien County Trial Court is aware of the CDC's recent moratorium placed on evictions for non-payment of rent. The order went into effect today, 9/4/2020, and can be located here.

Additionally, the State Court Administrator's Office has provided some guidance to the courts by way of frequently asked questions. You can locate the FAQ's here

The court is developing a procedure for how to handle cases which fall into this category. Once finalized, information will be provided early next week on the Trial Court's website. Please continue to check our website for additional information and updates.

August 19th, 2020

Know what to expect before coming to the courthouse for the Jury Selection Process.

JULY 21ST, 2020

Know what to expect before coming to the courthouse. Click on the window below to watch this helpful informational video.

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JUNE 29th, 2020

Updated Response to COVID-19 (PDF) Opens in new window

JUNE 12TH, 2020

Phase Two Re-Opening Plan (PDF) Opens in new window

MAY 28TH, 2020

Administrative Order 2020-03 Opens in new window

MAY 5TH, 2020

Resources for Self-Represented Litigants

APRIL 28TH, 2020

View the Updated Essential Operation Plan (PDF)

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APRIL 22ND, 2020

Submit a request to view a court hearing recording.Court Video Request Page Icon

MARCH 19TH, 2020

View the Trial Court State of Emergency Essential Operations Plan (PDF):

Trial Court State of Emergency Essential Operations Plan (PDF)

MARCH 19TH, 2020

View the Supreme Court Order (PDF):

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MARCH 18TH, 2020

View the updated Trial Court COVID-19 Response (PDF) below:

All prior notices as issued on March 16th, 2020 remain in full force effect.

Trial Court COVID-19 Response (PDF)