Monday, July 13, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance
Notice Regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings


Information on Accessing Court Proceedings


In light of the continuing COVID-19 public health emergency, all civil hearings and most criminal hearings in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will be conducted either by teleconference or videoconference until further notice. Following recent guidance from the Judicial Conference of the United States, and under authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES ACT"), members of the press and public will be permitted to hear and/or observe telephonic and video hearings, free of charge, to the extent practicable.

  • For information on how to access court proceedings, visit our Court Calendar.
  • For access to initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings, preliminary hearings, removal hearings, etc. (this list is not exhaustive), please visit our page for Criminal Duty Court.
  • Log-in information will also be available on PACER.

PLEASE NOTE: Any recording of a court proceeding held by video or teleconference, including "screen-shots" or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court. Members of the press and the public are also expected to mute their phones during telephonic hearings and to not disrupt proceedings in any manner.

Local Rule 83.32( (e)(2): "Taking photographs or video recordings in connection with any Judicial Proceeding... and the recording or broadcasting of Judicial Proceedings by radio or television or other means is prohibited."

Email Public Information Officer David Ashenfelter if you have any questions.