Michigan courts expand virtual capabilities for people amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 8:04 AM, May 18, 2020

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Supreme Court unveiled expanded capabilities for people to access virtual courtrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, people can search courts where virtual hearings are being held, sort by judge or hearing officer, click on counties and more.

You can also search a county to see if a specific court is offering streaming abilities.

“With just two or three clicks, the public can find and watch local court proceedings,” said Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack. “Michigan’s courts have responded to this crisis by opening the virtual doors of our courthouses wide. I am so proud of the commitment to innovation that is transforming the judiciary, expanding access, and strengthening democracy.”

As the world has changed with the coronavirus pandemic, more than 1,000 judge and other court officers have Zoom licenses. There have been more than 100,000 hours of court hearings held remotely since April 1.

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