Courts experiencing major backlog due to COVID-19

When judges, lawyers, and juries return to courtrooms, their caseloads are going to be full.

Courts in Michigan are experiencing an unprecedented backlog of cases due to restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Some hearings are still being conducted via video, but many more have been postponed until in-person hearings can resume.

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“It’s been really problematic,” said Portage defense attorney Caleb Grimes in a report by WWMT. “Some people don’t have access to (the video conferencing software) Zoom. Some people don’t have the ability to be in the courtroom.”

Courts will need to get the oldest cases done as quickly as possible to ensure people aren’t sitting in jail or waiting for their cases to be resolved.

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