Spike in COVID-19 positivity rates prompts court access changes

GENSEE COUNTY — Due to increasing COVID-19 positivity rates in Genesee County, the 67th District Court, Genesee County Circuit and Probate courts are taking additional preventative measure to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Effective now through Feb. 4, the 67th District Court will implement the following:

• All 67th District Court locations will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, for filing documents and processing payments. The public may process payments online via www.67thdc.com or by mail. The court staff will be available to assist the public by phone 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Emergency motions may be filed online at www.67thdc.com.

• Urgent matters may be submitted via website at www.67thdc.com or placed in the drop-box located inside the McCree Building, 630 S. Saginaw St., Flint.

• All misdemeanor pretrials will be adjourned or conducted by Zoom until after Friday, Feb. 4.

• All arraignments for Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) detainees will be conducted remotely via Zoom until after Friday, Feb. 4.

• All in-jail misdemeanor matters will be conducted via Zoom.

For further details regarding court operations visit www.67thdc.com.

Based upon current COVID19 trends and recent guidance from the Genesee County Health Department, the Genesee County Circuit and Probate Courts have adopted the following restrictions, effective immediately:

• Face coverings will be required to enter the Courthouse, irrespective of vaccination status, and must be worn in all courtrooms, public offices and other spaces. This rule will be strictly enforced.

• Masks will be available for a limited period of time, on an as needed basis.

• Employees will be required to wear a face mask unless located in a private office. A KN95 mask is strongly recommended.

• The court has relocated 50 percent of juvenile records staff and 50% of the probate clerk staff to temporary workstations. This action reduces density of personnel in these areas.

• Judges will work with their offices to develop a plan emphasizing the ability to continue with courtroom and judicial assignments in a manner consistent with the health and welfare of both judicial staff and the public.

• Courtroom operations will continue to maximize remote participation. — G.G.