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Posted on: March 15, 2020


54-A District Court has declared to be closed to public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020. Limited staff will be onsite and available by phone to conduct essential duties. The court will continue to closely monitor this situation and will make any adjustments needed as this matter evolves.

The following procedures take effect immediately: 

  • In-custody arraignments will be conducted daily.
  • Felony cases will proceed as normal until the court receives direction from SCAO to relax time guidelines for probable cause conferences/preliminary exams.
  • Filings and payments can be deposited in the City’s Night Depository drop-box located on Capitol Avenue, between Michigan Avenue and Ottawa Street. Payments must include the defendant’s name and case number.
  • All civil matters will be rescheduled and notice of the new court date will be mailed.
  • New bench warrants for failure to appear are suspended during emergency status.
  • Contact the court at 517-483-4433 to address outstanding bench warrants. No walk-ins.
  • If you have a scheduled wedding, please contact the court for information at 517-483-4430. The court will not schedule any weddings until after April 3, 2020.
  • Online services for case review, payments and warrants remain available on the court’s website at

In all matters, the court will utilize remote appearances to the greatest extent possible. To arrange, parties and attorneys should contact the court

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