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Michigan Supreme Court issues new guidance to courts, landlords on CDC COVID eviction ban

To be protected under the order, tenants must opt-in by signing a declaration form saying they meet the eligibility requirements.

Read more at the Detroit Free Press

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Thousands of criminal charges and fines under question under now-unconstitutional COVID-19 orders

Thousands of Michiganders are wondering if criminal charges and fines levied against them are still valid after the Michigan Supreme Court last Friday ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders issued after April 30 are illegal.

Read more at The Center Square

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Coronavirus order chaos in Michigan: Here’s where things stand

One thing the Supreme Court ruling did not strike down was the authority for local health departments to issue their own orders, and several did. On Monday afternoon, after a full weekend of uncertainty, Michigan’s health department, drawing power from a different law, issued its own order, keeping in place three major pillars of the governor’s orders.

Read more at Click On Detroit

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Michigan May Continue Online Court Sessions Amid Doubts

While the new virtual world has forced the postponement of some trials
and sentencings, conducting some legal business online has worked so
well that the state’s highest court is studying ways for lower courts to
continue using Zoom for routine hearings in civil and misdemeanor cases
even after the virus is subdued.

Read more at govtech.com

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State’s virtual courtrooms surpass 500,000 hours

According to the Michigan Supreme Court, there have been more than 500,000 hours of online hearings held since March when Michigan legal proceedings were forced to be conducted on Zoom to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Read more at Grand Rapids Business Journal

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