Berrien County Courts allow residents to request recording of proceedings

BERRIEN COUNTY — Due to the Michigan Supreme Court’s Administrative Order 2020-6, which indicates that local courts must provide public access to the court through electronic means, Berrien County has implemented a process to allow individuals to request court recordings electronically during the state of emergency.  This process will allow for the accessibility required by the Supreme Court while the courts are closed to the public.

Individuals who desire to view the recording of a court proceeding, which under normal circumstances would be open to the public, can request a copy of that proceeding by contacting the Berrien County Trial Court. Requests can be made through the Berrien County Trial Court website at berriencounty.org/TrialCourt.  Requests will be completed within 24 hours of submission and will be sent to the requestor electronically. Copies of court proceedings will be free of charge during this period.

The Berrien County Trial Court continues to operate essential functions only as outlined in the Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-4.  The buildings remain open for emergency filings from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, and staff continue to process cases that are filed during this timeframe.

Non-essential hearings will resume upon the lifting of the Michigan Supreme Court administrative orders.

For additional information regarding the current functioning of the Berrien County Trial Court under COVID-19, visit the trial court’s website.