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Court Hours, Holidays and Non-Business Hours Emergency Filing Procedure

Court Hours

The Court shall be in continuous session for transacting judicial business on all business days throughout the year.

Although a District Court is deemed "always open" for the purpose of filing any pleading, see Fed. R. Civ. P. 77(a), the Clerk's Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Federal Holidays). The Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Federal Holidays

New Year's Day January 1 (*)
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Third Monday in January
Presidents' Day Third Monday in February
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4 (*)
Labor Day First Monday in September
Columbus Day Second Monday in October
Veterans Day November 11 (*)
Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day December 25 (*)

(*): If the federal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, it is observed on Monday. When a determination has been made that the Court and the Clerk's Office will be closed on a specific weekday, advance notice will be given to the media and the public. In situations where advance notice is not possible, information will be provided as soon as is practicable.

Non-Business Hours Emergency Filing Procedure

The Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. During non-business hours, a person filing documents electronically that require immediate attention by the Court is directed to call the United States Marshals Service Control Center at 313-234-5656 after the documents have been filed.

The Control Center is normally staffed 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, however it may be left unattended for short periods of time and the caller may get voicemail. If so, the caller should leave a message and clearly state the reason for the call, including as much specific information as possible and a telephone number where they can be reached. Voicemail messages will be returned promptly and Control Center personnel will then contact the appropriate Court staff.

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