16th District Court
Notice To All Visitors
If you are experiencing flu-related symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 virus, please refrain from entering the building.
Feel free to contact the court at (734) 466-2500.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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COVID-19 Update from the 16th District Court
In response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency and Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack’s recommendations for courts, and Mayor Maureen Brosnan’s announcement on March 18, 2020, ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 2528, 2020-7, the 16th District Court has hereby adopted the following Emergency Policy with the Stay at Home order that was executed while continuing to provide critical judicial services in order to protect the rights and health of all people who have business with the court. The court will be closed to the public with restricted staff available from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday to perform essential services. During this closure, only essential services will be performed by the court pursuant to our emergency operational plan. Court phone lines will remain open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with the main number (734)466-2500.
This closure is in effect until June 12, 2020 or until further notice.
Notice of the court closure shall be given to the public, the court’s funding unit, and other affected agencies and officials. Notice shall include a sign posted at the door.
1. All felony and misdemeanor in-custody matters will be handled via the Polycom (video conferencing system).
2. All prisoner transport for court matters has been suspended and all in-custody matters will be handled via the Polycom system.
3. All scheduled and walk-in arraignments have been adjourned and contacts are being made by MIDC attorneys to discuss their case and schedule Virtual Court Hearing using Zoom and YouTube Live.
4. Any individuals with outstanding warrants are to report to the Livonia Police Department to post bond and receive a future hearing date. The police department may be reached at (734) 466-2470.
5. Jury selection and jury trials have been canceled until further notice.
6. All regular misdemeanor pretrials have been adjourned and attorneys are being contacted by the City Prosecutor to discuss the matter and offer Virtual Court Hearing using Zoom and YouTube Live,
7. All sentencing matters have been adjourned unless they are being held using Virtual Court Hearing using Zoom and YouTube Live starting Monday, May 4, 2020.
8. Any cases in a warrant status due to failure to pay fines and costs can be addressed online (https://www.courtinnovations.com/MID16).
9. All civil infraction hearings including traffic, parking and zoning infractions will be adjourned a minimum of 30 days. If a case is being adjourned, notifications are being sent with available options to handle the hearings remotely or later.
10. The public is encouraged to utilize the online mediation portal available on our website for eligible infractions ( https://www.courtinnovations.com/MID16).
11. The court will continue to process payments made online through our website, by mail, or at the drop box located in the Livonia Police department lobby.
12. Probation appointments have been adjourned. Probationers should contact the probation office if they have not been contacted or received a call for further instructions. The rescheduling of appointments shall be at the discretion of the Probation Officers and communicated to each probationer in a timely manner.
13. All evening reporting to probation has been adjourned. Reporting forms are available online, or in the lobby of the Livonia Police Department at the Court dropbox.
14. All violations of probation hearings have been rescheduled.
15. The work program has been canceled until further notice
16. All Formal and Informal Drug Court hearings are being held remotely by phone in a court recorded setting.
17. All alcohol and drug testing continues as directed by the probation department. If you are subject to drug testing and your testing agency is closed, you must contact the probation department at (734) 466-2550 for further instructions.
18. The CHANGES support group meeting for probationers has been canceled until further notice.
19. All jury trials, bench trials, civil motions, mediations, small claims, and post-judgement collection discovery exams have been adjourned and all parties will be notified for new dates.
20. The Court will continue to accept pleadings sent to the Court via U.S. mail with the necessary filing fees.
21. Summary proceedings, hearings and trials will be adjourned a minimum of 30 days with all parties to be sent notices to appear with a new assigned date.
22. All Orders of Eviction executed by this Court, at any time prior to March 20, 2020 shall be suspended, without the necessity of a Judge’s signature, as such no evictions shall proceed until after June 12, 2020 or until further order.
23. All wedding ceremonies will be rescheduled to a later date.
For updated information please consult the Court’s website.
Online payments for fines may be made on the Court’s website. You may also contact the court at (734) 466-2500. The 16th District Court will adjust this policy as the situation warrants based on advice from health officials and State Government.
Sean P. Kavanagh, Chief District Judge
Kathleen J. McCann, District Judge
Original: Hon. Sean P. Kavanagh
cc: Hon. Kathleen J. McCann
Nadezda Stojcevska, Court Administrator
In response to the Governor’s declared State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the 16th District Court has closed the doors to the general public at this time.
Until further notice, all “in-person” reporting probation appointments have been converted to mail-in status. You can find the Monthly Supervision Report forms online at: www.16thdistrictcourt.com or at the kiosk in the lobby of the Livonia Police Department.
You may submit your monthly supervision report forms and payments by U.S. Mail, online or place them in the drop box located in the lobby of the Livonia Police Department.
All drug and alcohol testing agencies have re-opened. You are expected to resume all court ordered testing. Your failure to comply will result in the issuance of a probation violation. If you have received a probation violation notice, you may call the probation department at (734) 466-2550 to schedule a ZOOM hearing.
The VOLUNTARY WORK PROGRAM is scheduled to resume on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Please bring your mask and gloves.
Any other questions can be process through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please make sure to include your current address, phone number and your date of birth with all email correspondences.
What You Should Know Before You Come to Court
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- On Time
- Proper Attire
- Subject to Search
16th District Court
Policy Regarding the Use of
Portable Electronic Devices
Pursuant to MCR 8.115, effective May 1, 2020, this policy governs the use of portable electronic devices in the 16th District Court. Portable electronic devices include any mobile device capable of electronically storing, accessing, or transmitting information. This encompasses portable computers of all description, smart and cell phones, cameras and other audio or video recording devices, a personal digital assistant (PDA), or other devices that provide internet access including eyeglasses, watches, and any similar items.
- Electronic communications devices must be turned off or set to silent mode prior to entering a courtroom including no audible vibrations mode or keyboard sounds. This includes attorneys.
- No one, including attorneys, may make or take a phone call on an electronic portable device in a courtroom unless that use is specifically allowed by the judge presiding over that courtroom.
- No one shall cause their electronic device or phone to ring or vibrate anywhere in the courthouse.
- No one may use a portable electronic device to take photographs or for audio or video recording, broadcasting, or live streaming anywhere in the courthouse unless that use is specifically allowed by the judge presiding over that courtroom. The only exception to this is requests for film or electronic media coverage of court proceedings previously approved by the Court pursuant to Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 1989-2.
- No one may photograph, record, broadcast, or live stream any juror or anyone called to the court for jury service or as a witness without that person’s consent.
- Jurors must turn off their portable electronic devices while present in a courtroom. Jurors may be required to surrender their electronic devices during deliberations. Use of portable electronic devices during deliberations is prohibited.
- No one may use a portable electronic device to communicate in any way with any courtroom participant including, but not limited to, a party, a witness, or juror at any time during any court proceeding, inside or outside of the courtroom.
- In areas of the courthouse outside the courtroom, no one may photograph, record, broadcast, or live stream an individual without their consent. During any interaction with Court staff, the Court user may be asked to put their cell phone or recording device in plain sight and asked to turn the device off until the conversation is concluded.
- Court managers (judge, court administrator, clerk of court) may limit or terminate permission to use a portable electronic device if an individual engages in activities that are disruptive to court operations or compromise court security.
- People may reproduce court documents that are subject to public disclosure with smart phone cameras as long as it leaves no marks and does not unreasonably interfere with the operation of the clerk’s office.
- Failure to surrender the offending device upon demand by any court employee shall result in an immediate finding of contempt of court by the Judge. Failure to comply with this policy may result in a finding of contempt of court, a fine of up to $250.00 per occurrence, including confiscation of the device, incarceration up to thirty (30) days in jail, or both.
Young children will not be allowed in the courtrooms during sessions without prior permission of the Judge or Magistrate.
You should not talk or make any noises while court is in session. While this is a matter of common sense, the rule is not arbitrarily created. The 16th District Court is a
court of record which means that all proceedings are recorded. Extraneous noise or talking may interfere with the recorded testimony.
You will not be allowed to eat, drink, chew gum or smoke inside the courtroom. You will also not be allowed to enter the building with any beverages or food.
You must appear promptly at times designated on your notice, ticket or other documentation. Failure to appear timely may result in adverse action being taken against you.
Proper attire is required for entry into the 16th District Court. If you are not dressed appropriately, you will not be seen by a Judge or Probation Officer. Prohibited attire includes:
- Sleeveless Shirts
- Tank tops among other clothing which is not suitable in a court of law
Shoes are also required.
All persons who enter the 16th District Court are subject to a search of both their person and belongings. Signs posted at the Court's entrance list all items which are prohibited and which will be seized if found on your person.