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Current Court and other Legal Procedures Related to COVID-19


Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal, Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [view full issue].
Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020)

SBM has provided a list of informational resources related to legal practice during shelter in place and state of emergency orders:

Guidance from local courts—there’s a lot of information coming at you from Michigan's trial courts, so we are helping keep it straight

Text of documents related to COVID-19—because you need to know exactly what the law actually says

Guidelines from our ethics department—while much has changed during the pandemic, the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct are still in full effect

Guidance on remote notarization and witnessing under EO 2020-41—this checklist includes everything you need to do before, during, and after a remote notarization or witnessing

The Board of Law Examiners anticipate a decision from the National Conference of Bar Examiners on or around May 5, 2020, regarding the administration of a July bar examination and the possibility of a fall bar examination. California has already decided to host their summer bar exam remotely.

The Michigan Supreme Court has issued several orders and guidance in light of COVID-19. Most can be found on the Court’s website. A particularly helpful one that is updated regularly is the Frequently Asked Questions and General Guidance Regarding Emergency Court Response to COVID-19. The Court continues to hear oral arguments for pending cases virtually on its YouTube channel.

If you are curious whether your case may be moving forward anytime soon, see the judiciary’s Process for Triaging Case Actions During the COVID-19 Crisis. Each list linked below helps courts identify cases most in need of processing, while identifying lower priority matters that can be addressed as courts return to full capacity. The lists below prioritize cases and hearings by case type and include the associated authority.