COVID – 19 Court Information
During these unprecedented times, the court continues to try and serve the public. In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, Circuit Court has made the difficult decision to expand the use of remote hearings for all matters except criminal sentencings. Criminal sentencings will require only defense counsel and defendant to appear, all others will appear via Zoom.
You should assume that your matter will be heard via Zoom. If the court requires you to appear in person you will be contacted with instructions. We are working diligently to get notices out with remote hearing instructions.
Electronic filing of documents is strongly encouraged. Pleadings can be filed electronically via email at CIRClerkfile@shiawassee.net. If you file your pleadings via email please do not send in the original. Case initiating documents should be filed via mail with the filing fee.
We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Remote Participation Protocol
1. You must download and become familiar with the program prior to hearing, and ensure strong video, audio, and internet connections. You can run a test at www.Zoom.us/test.
a. Parties must email proposed exhibits to the Court and opposing counsel (or unrepresented parties) at least 24 hours prior to the hearing.
b. Email exhibits to CCExhibits@shiawassee.net.
c. Each party shall be responsible for presenting their own exhibits using the videoconferencing technology.
d. When identifying proposed exhibits, Plaintiff shall use numbers and Defendant shall use letters.
e. Exhibits shall be submitted in one of the two following ways:
i. Each exhibit shall be a separate PDF named “Plaintiff’s 1,” Plaintiff’s 2,” etc.; OR
ii. All exhibits for one side shall be contained in a single PDF file. At a minimum, this file must contain bookmarks to each individual exhibit to which you will refer.
3. Each party is responsible for ensuring their witnesses can connect to the virtual courtroom and are aware of these standards.
4. Normal courtroom decorum applies. You must dress appropriately for court and may not interrupt others when they are speaking. You must be in a quiet location free from distractions. (A parked car is acceptable; being outside is not.)
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Public access to court hearings is available via live stream by clicking here.
To view the daily virtual hearing docket click here. *
*Please be advised all hearings are not on the record and may not be live streamed.
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Welcome to the 35th Judicial Circuit Court
What we do...
The 35th Judicial Circuit Court of Shiawassee County is the trial court of general jurisdiction. It is the court of original jurisdiction for all civil actions with amounts in controversy over $25,000, or more, and criminal cases where the offense involves a felony or circuit court ("high court") misdemeanor. It is comprised of different divisions, Civil, Criminal and the Family Division. The Circuit Court also hears cases appealed from lower courts and from some administrative agencies of State government. Cases which involve family issues, such as divorce, paternity, child support, neglect/ abuse and delinquencies are assigned to the Family Division of Circuit Court. Through the Chief Judge, the court has oversight for other departments which serve as extensions of the court, including the Friend of the Court Office and the County Jury Commission. Criminal appellate assignments are handled through the Circuit Court, as well as appointments for indigent criminal defendants who require court-appointed counsel. There is one Circuit Court Judge in Shiawassee County who, along with the Probate Judge, presides over Family Court matters.