Ingham circuit and probate courts move back to Phase One

In response to a spike in COVID-19 numbers, Judge Richard J. Garcia, Chief Judge of the 30th Circuit Court and Ingham County Probate Court, has submitted a local administrative order to the Michigan Supreme Court to reduce court operations. 

Under Phase One, the following changes are being put into place:

• The public hours of the Veterans Memorial Courthouse, 313 W. Kalamazoo Street in Lansing, are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Mason Historical Courthouse, where the 30th Circuit Court also has a presence, remains closed for the foreseeable future.

• Entry to the courthouse of those seeking to do business with the Circuit or Probate Court will be restricted to those attending an in-person hearing and those seeking to make an emergency filing. All public entering the court facility are subject to security screening, COVID-19 screening, and temperature check.

• Remote work by court staff will be expanded.

• The lobbies of both the Friend of the Court Office and the Juvenile Division Office will be closed.  Notices on how to access Friend of the Court and Juvenile Division information and services, including directions on where and how to make child support payments and how to submit documents relating to parenting time or child support, will be posted both at the courthouse and on the Circuit Court’s webpage (

• The Ingham County Family Center, housing a school and day treatment center for youth in the juvenile justice system, will be closed to on-site instruction.

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