Trial Court  - Hon. Mabel Johnson Mayfield, Chief Judge 

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Our Most Recent Update

August 13th, 2021

Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) current guidelines, Berrien County moved into the Substantial category for COVID-19 transmission rates effective August 8, 2021.  In consultation with the Berrien County Health Department, the Berrien County Trial Court will update the following policies as they relate to the use of face coverings in the court facilities.

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Court Hearing Accessibility

*All case types and hearings will be scheduled by default as listed above.  Alternative participation method may be determined by the judicial officer at time of scheduling.  Should a party wish for alternative participation method (i.e. an in-person hearing that the party wishes to participate via Zoom), the party must make a request to the assigned judge no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled hearing with final determination to be made by the jurist.  

Criminal Division
Hearing TypeIn-Person or Remote
Competency HearingsIn-Person
Informal HearingRemote via Zoom
Formal HearingsRemote via Zoom
ExpungementsRemote via Zoom
MotionsIn-Person
Preliminary ExamsIn-Person
Pre-Trial ConferencesRemote via Zoom
Probation Violation Summons/HearingsIn-Person
Projected PleasRemove via Zoom
SentencesIn-Person
Status/Case ConferencesIn-Person
Traffic TicketsIn-Person
*Treatment Court hearings will be in-person or remote at the discretion of the assigned judge and will be notified accordingly.

*Incarcerated individuals will appear in-person.

 *Weddings (scheduled by the criminal division) may be scheduled beginning 7/1/2021.


Civil Division
Hearing TypeIn-Person or Remote
Business Court ProceedingsRemote via Zoom
Contested Small Claims HearingsIn-Person
Landlord TenantIn-Person
MotionsRemote via Zoom
Pretrial, Scheduling, Status, or Settlement ConferencesRemote via Zoom
Small Claims Pretrial Conferences (Small Claims Culling)Remote via Zoom
TrialsIn-Person

*Personal Protection Order cases will be in-person or remote at the discretion of the assigned judge and will be notified accordingly.


Family Division
Hearing TypeIn-Person or Remote
Abuse Neglect Preliminary HearingsIn-Person
Adoptions as RequestedIn-Person
Child Support Motions and ReviewRemote via Zoom
Contested Domestic Relations Matters (Post-Judgement Issues)Remote via Zoom
Delinquency Preliminary HearingsRemote via Zoom
Delinquency Probation Violation Hearings (Unless Detained)In-Person
Review Hearings (Abuse Neglect and Delinquency)Remote via Zoom
Order to Show Cause HearingsIn-Person
Permanency Planning HearingsRemote via Zoom
Pretrial, Status, and Settlement ConferencesRemote via Zoom
Probate HearingsRemote via Zoom
Terminations (Abuse Neglect)In-Person
Trials (Domestic, Abuse Neglect, Delinquency)In-Person
Waiver or Designation Hearings (Delinquency)In-Person

*Personal Protection Order cases will be in-person or remote at the discretion of the assigned judge and will be notified accordingly.

PROHIBITED DEVICES

Weapons of any kind are not permitted in the courthouse facilities.

MARIJUANA ACT

Read the Chief Judge Bruce notice regarding the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

Recreational Marijuana (PDF)