Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance
Notice Regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings

News and Notices for Sunday October 27, 2019 to Tuesday October 27, 2020

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Monday October 26, 2020

Election Day After-hours Filings

Friday October 23, 2020

Longtime Court Administrator and Clerk of the Court to Retire

Thursday October 15, 2020

Eastern District of Michigan 2020 Annual Report

Monday October 5, 2020

MIED Live Help Desk

Effective October 5, 2020 the Eastern District of Michigan launched a Live Help Desk where website visitors may have questions answered via chat with Clerk’s Office and Jury Department staff.  The Live Help Desk is available during normal Court business hours.


Effective October 5, 2020 the Eastern District of Michigan launched a Live Help Desk where website visitors may have questions answered via chat with Clerk’s Office and Jury Department staff.  The Live Help Desk is available during normal Court business hours.


Wednesday September 30, 2020

2020 POWER Act Event

Wednesday September 23, 2020

Appointment of New Magistrate Judge (Detroit) – Applications being accepted through November 20, 2020

Monday September 21, 2020

Vice News Covers Drive-Thru Citizenship Ceremony September 18, 2020

Thursday July 30, 2020

News Release: Owen M. Cypher is the new U.S. Marshal for Eastern Michigan

Thursday July 2, 2020

Temporary Pro Se Document Upload Program

On July 1, 2020, Chief Judge Denise Page Hood, entered Administrative Order, 20-AO-036, In re: Continued Pro Se Filings, The Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus Health Condition which allows pro se litigants, who are not electronic filers, to electronically submit documents for filing using the Temporary Pro Se Document Upload Program.

The link to the program is available on the homepage of the Court’s internet site and under the Representing Yourself tab.

Wednesday July 1, 2020

U.S. District Judge James Churchill, 96, passed away June 29 at an assisted living facility in Harbor Springs after a brief illness

Tuesday June 30, 2020

New PACER Website

Thursday June 18, 2020

A New Road to Citizenship in Detroit

Monday June 15, 2020

News Advisory: Accessing public court hearings via Zoom

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has improved the way the media and public may obtain video access to public court hearings. The new system, which went into effect last week, permits anyone to sign up for access to public hearings in civil and criminal cases while our courthouses remain closed.


“With few exceptions nearly all matters, criminal and civil, heard in our courtrooms are open to the public,” said Chief U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood. “Our court staff has worked very hard to make that happen during a pandemic that forced us to temporarily close our courthouses.” 


For information about accessing a hearing, go to the Court’s website at https://www.mied.uscourts.gov and click on the “Notice Regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings” banner at the top of the page. It will take you to “Information on Accessing Court Proceedings” with the following hyperlinks:


  1. Visit our Court Calendar to access court proceedings.


  1. Criminal Duty Court to access initial appearances, arraignments and other preliminary hearings.


  1. PACER to look up a case in the federal cases database. Accessing PACER will require a subscription which may be obtained at: https://www.pacer.gov/reg_pacer.html#:~:text=To%20obtain%20a%20PACER%20account,provided%20on%20the%20registration%20form.


When you submit a form to attend a video hearing, you will be required to check a box indicating you have read and understand the court rules that prohibit recording or photographing court proceedings. The prohibitions include taking screenshots or live streaming hearings. Violations may result in suspension or revocation of media credentials and possible contempt proceedings.


We recommend that you request hearing access at least one full weekday in advance of the hearing so we may accommodate your request.


Access via Option 1


Click on “visit our Court Calendar” to see a daily list of all public hearings. Click on “Date Range,” “Jump to Date” or the left and right arrow keys at the top of the Court Calendar to view a list of future public hearings. Keep in mind that hearings scheduled days or weeks in advance may be rescheduled.


When the list of cases appears, click the “Access Attendance Information” box below the case you wish to attend, enter the information and Submit.


If you receive a message indicating that no connection details are available, email Public Information Officer David Ashenfelter at David_Ashenfelter@mied.uscourts.gov  to inquire about the hearing. 


Access via Option 2


For access to initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings, preliminary hearings and other hearings in our Duty Court, click on “Criminal Duty Court” to access a registration page. Click on the drop-down “Date/Time of Hearing” box to find your hearing.

Enter the required information in the fields and follow the instructions. If you cannot find the hearing you wish to attend, email Public Information Officer David Ashenfelter at David_Ashenfelter@mied.uscourts.gov.


Thursday May 21, 2020

Notice of Holiday Court Closings

Wednesday May 6, 2020

Federal Court Names New Magistrate Judges

Monday March 30, 2020

U.S. District Court COVID-19 Update

Wednesday March 25, 2020

U.S. Courthouse in Detroit closed to the public

Wednesday March 18, 2020

Death of Judge Patrick J. Duggan: 1933-2020

Wednesday March 11, 2020

Notice of Courthouse Visitor Restrictions related to COVID-19

Monday February 24, 2020

NextGen CM/ECF is Available!

The Court has successfully upgraded to CM/ECF NextGen, effective February 24, 2020.

Friday February 21, 2020

Electronic Filing Policies and Procedures

 CM/ECF NextGen is going live on Monday, February 24, 2020, requiring several updates to the ECF Policies & Procedures.   Click here for the version of the Policies & Procedures that will go into effect with the adoption of NextGen.

Wednesday February 12, 2020

Notice of Vacancy – United States Bankruptcy Judgeship for Eastern District of Michigan. Application deadline is March 10, 2020

Friday January 31, 2020

Electronic Case Filing System Unavailable on Friday, February 21, 2020 after 5:00 PM EST

Wednesday January 15, 2020

Are You Ready for NextGen – CM/ECF?

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will be upgrading its CM/ECF software to the Next Generation (NextGen) of CM/ECF in the upcoming months. The Court will go live with NextGen on February 24th, 2020.

Tuesday December 31, 2019

Federal Magistrate Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis was sworn in today as U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Notice of Amendments to Local Rules - Effective January 1, 2020

Tuesday November 19, 2019

Notice of Holiday Court Closings